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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Bruno’ Lacks Freshness, But Delivers Plentiful Laughs

17 November 2009 9:30 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Fearless” is the best way to describe the comedy of Sacha Baron Cohen. People who find his humor too vulgar and over-the-top have missed the point. Cohen’s goal is to be as vulgar and over-the-top as humanly possible.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’m reminded of Mel Brooks’ oft-quoted quip, “My movies rise below vulgarity.” His comic personas are deliberately outrageous caricatures that seem to have been spawned directly from conservative America’s fear of the “other” (whether it be a homosexual or a Khazakistanian). When Cohen plunks his fictional creations into real-world situations alongside unsuspecting citizens, the results range from “Candid Camera”-style shock gags to brilliant evocations of repressed prejudices. At his best, Cohen is a triumphant champion of tolerance. He’s like Mel Brooks, Norman Lear and Peter Sellers all in one side-splitting package, and his package has never acquired more screen time than it does in “Bruno. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Alabama Moon | Review

16 November 2009 10:52 AM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Tim McCanlies Writer(s): Watt Key (novel, screenplay) Starring: Jimmy Bennett, Gabriel Basso, Uriah Shelton, Clint Howard Moon (Jimmy Bennett) and his Pap (J.D. Evermore) are living the Libertarian dream – Ayn Rand and Ron Paul would be proud of this duo – illegally homesteading in the backcountry of rural Alabama. Pap raises Moon to never trust anyone, especially the government. That’s all well and good until Pap dies, leaving eleven year old Moon all alone in the wilderness. Moon opts to foot it towards Alaska (the Libertarian, survivalist and secessionist Mecca). It is not long before the local constable (Clint Howard) – who must have learned everything he knows about policing from Roscoe P. Coltrane – and his hound dog are hot on Moon’s trail. Moon is apprehended and sent to a boy’s prison called Pinson, but his inner wild child cannot be held by any cage. Moon »

- Don Simpson

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Bruno Review

12 July 2009 9:23 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Bruno Directed by: Larry Charles Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer, Jeff Schaffer Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten In 2006, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen took America by storm with the release of his feature film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Borat was one of three characters he had been developing over the past 10 or so years, which eventually gained mainstream attention on Da Ali G Show. The movie ended up taking over $260 million worldwide, but was followed with controversy, lawsuits and a backlash, leading many people to wonder if a follow up film would even be feasible, let alone profitable. Cohen's response is an even more outrageous movie based around another one of his alter-egos, the gay Austrian fashion critic Bruno. Drawing from his own experiences working briefly as a model out of university, he simultaneously skewers the fashion »

- Sean

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Review: ‘Bruno’

10 July 2009 5:07 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If The Refreshments taught us anything, it was that the world is full of stupid people.  If it weren’t, Sacha Baron Cohen would surely be out of a job.  Three years ago, he brought one of the strange characters from his “Da Ali G Show” to the big screen with ‘Borat.’  That film was among one of the funniest films of the year, as Cohen strung his many mock interviews and scenes of real people acting really stupid into a cohesive narrative.  Now, with ‘Bruno,’ he does much the same thing in much the same fashion.‘Bruno,’ for better or worse, is a film that runs parallel to ‘Borat.’  Cohen introduces us to his lead character, this time a homosexual fashion reporter from Austria.  He brings the character to America for certain, plot-driven reasons.  Bruno’s intentions, after being fired from his talk show, are to come to America and become the most famous, »

- Kirk

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Vassup? Read My "Bruno" Movie Review! Is it Better than "Borat?"

8 July 2009 3:06 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Anal bleaching, talking penis, kinky sex, and dildos-on-parade . just some of the running gags of the new mockumentary comedy film .Bruno. starring Sacha Baron Cohen. If you find these risqué subjects offensive, you have been warned.

But talking penises aside, .Bruno. is a laugh-out-loud politically incorrect film that targets homophobia. Similar to Cohen.s .Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,. bigotry is the focal point of the movie and the source of many guffaws.

I have always been an admirer of Cohen.s work. The comedian has emerged as one of the most politically astute humorists of his generation. Sure, he courts controversy for the sake of laughter, but how can you hate someone who will do anything to make you chuckle and dare I say it, think?

In .Bruno,. Cohen stars as the raucous title character. »

- Manny

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Duper Freak

4 July 2009 10:23 PM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

The scheisse is about to hit the fan. Following 2006's "Borat," Sacha Baron Cohen is about to unleash his latest theatrical project, Friday's "Bruno." And while devotees of the British comedian's ambush comedy will be in heaven, those who got duped into appearing in the film will probably want to move permanently into a potato cellar.

The Bruno character, a flamboyant Austrian TV host who's equally in love with his tiny Filipino boyfriend and shimmering thongs, gets fired after disrupting a fashion show in Milan. He heads to America and travels the country, interviewing (and occasionally making obscene, »

- By REED TUCKER

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Three Hilarious Bruno TV Spots

10 June 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Universal Pictures has released three new TV spots from the upcoming Sacha Baron Cohen "Borat" follow-up, called "Bruno." The spots feature lots of new footage from the movie, including shots of the former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Check out the spots by clicking on the link below. "Bruno" revolves around a gay Austrian fashion correspondent. It is directed by Larry Charles, who recently brought "Borat" and Bill Maher's religion documentary "Religulous" to the big screen. The new movie is scheduled to hit theaters on July 10th. Click here to read our exclusive "Bruno" preview. »

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Watch Bruno Shock Ron Paul

9 June 2009 5:16 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Bruno's first three TV spots have arrived, full of new footage and the mistreatment of Ron Paul, who gets an eyeful of Bruno's bulge. Bruno is Sacha Baron Cohen's followup to Borat in which he applies the same formula to a new character: A flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion reporter who wanders the globe making homophobes uncomfortable and fighting karate instructors with dildos. Watch all three new TV spots in glorious high-res over at Yahoo or watch them below: »

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New Bruno Trailer with Ron Paul

24 May 2009 7:30 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

A brand new trailer for the upcoming Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" follow-up, called "Bruno," has appeared online. It features a few never before seen scenes, including one with former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul. The scene with Paul, filmed in early 2008, occurs about halfway through the movie, after Bruno gets the idea that you have to make a sex tape to become famous. Cut to a hotel suite where Bruno sits across from Ron Paul. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, a light blows out on the set. Bruno apologizes for the technical difficulties and suggests that he and Paul wait in the other room while the crew fixes the light. The other room, it turns out, is a bedroom. The lighting is low, and the film is now grainy . not unlike a sex tape . as it cuts to a hidden spy camera. There's a spread of Champagne and »

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New World Order

21 May 2009 9:24 PM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

The documentary "New World Order" is bizarro journalism -- instead of digging up and making sense of true information, it tracks half a dozen boring conspiracy theorists spouting balderdash and makes no effort to check out their cuckoo claims.

The wackjobs, who include stentorian radio talker Alex Jones and five other sad sacks, wander the world organizing rallies about how 9/11 was an inside job, trying to investigate the international Bilderberg Group conference of global muckety-mucks and fretting that they're being followed. Many of them are Ron Paul fans.

You won't understand any of »

- By KYLE SMITH

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A Revealing Bruno Poster

27 April 2009 8:49 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

In his neverending attempt to prove to the world that comedy that is as subtle as a hammer to the face can make big bucks at the box office, Sacha Baron Cohen is back with “Bruno”, which sees the Brit playing a gay fashionista from Austria who journeys to the U.S. to make fun of us homophobic and repressed people. Cause, you know, we’re homophobic and repressed like that. Poster for “Bruno” below. Oh, how I miss the days when comedy meant talking out of your butt or styling your hair with man glue instead of a one-trick gag like, “Look, I’m really, really gay! It’s comedy gold!” Sigh. The mockudrama will star Cohen and a cavalcade of unsuspecting doofuses in Alice Evans, Trishelle Cannatella, Sandra Seeling, Candice Cunningham, Ben Youcef, Richard Bey, and Ron Paul. Larry Charles, who helmed Cohen’s 2006 hit “Borat”, returns to helm this one. »

- Nix

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Ron Paul's Pirate Solution: Bounty Hunters

19 April 2009 4:58 AM, PDT | newser.com | See recent newser news »

Texas Congressman Ron Paul looked to the history books for a solution to America’s pirate woes—and he says the government should put bounty hunters on the job, the Los Angeles Times reports. The idea has momentum in Congress, unlike some other ideas put forward by former presidential candidate. And the Constitution already provides for such a move, which hasn’t been used since the War of 1812. With the Navy too large for the job, hiring bounty hunters would be “fighting fire with fire,” notes Political Machine. And an analyst concludes that “if we have 100 American wannabe Rambos patrolling »

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Ron Paul: 'I should have punched Bruno'

17 April 2009 6:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Us politician Ron Paul has said that he will have to apologise to his supporters for not punching Sacha Baron Cohen when he tricked him into a spoof interview for his upcoming movie Bruno. The 73-year-old failed presidential candidate told ABC Radio that the interview did not occur in a hotel as it appears in the film but instead took place in a studio made to look like a bedroom. Paul said: "I was expecting an interview on Austrian economics. So, that didn't turn out that way. But by the time he started pulling his pants down...I ran out of the room. 'This interview (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Bruno Pics. I’m not Sure, But I Think He Might be Gay.

16 April 2009 2:30 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Call me crazy, but I think Sacha Baron Cohen’s new character in the movie “Bruno” might be gay. It’s all very subtle, mind you, and you really have to dig deep and read between the lines, but that’s just the feeling I get. Anyways, in the mockumentary, Bruno is an Austrian fashionista (I think that means he’s really into fashion) who makes his way to America. How he ends up making fun of rednecks out hunting, or somehow lying his way into the U.S. Army will probably make sense once you see the movie. Or not. Eh, new pics from “Bruno” below. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Alice Evans, Trishelle Cannatella, Sandra Seeling, Candice Cunningham, Ben Youcef, Richard Bey, Ron Paul, and directed by Larry Charles. Bruno and his hot pants invade July 10. »

- Nix

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Early Edition: Bruno Does Ron Paul, Disney Does Itself

16 April 2009 1:40 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Time for another fun installment of The Early Edition, catching all of the news you need to know about. If you clicked here because you thought it was our version of a cat delivering the next day's newspaper to you at four in the morning so you could stop bad accidents from happening, that's exactly right. We need you to rescue a bunch of puppies from an apartment building fire. Also, there's movie news involved. Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno Makes it to Third Base with Congressman Ron Paul We're not surprised that Cohen had the stones to try to con political icon Ron Paul into an awkward sexual encounter for the benefit of his particular brand of comedy, but it is surprising that Paul didn't realize how far things were going until Bruno had his pants down. Apparently if you want to go around the horn with the congressman, you »

- Cole Abaius

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Bruno Dupes Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul

15 April 2009 1:24 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Huffington Post has posted the transcript of a radio interview Curtis Silwa had with Texas Congressman Ron Paul and his encounter with Sacha Baron Cohen's Austrian flamboyant fashionista Bruno and apparently the moment will be seen in the July 10 Universal release Bruno. The clip opens with Paul describing the scene: We were in a studio situation. I wasn't invited to a hotel room. A studio situation where they had a lot of lights burn and blaze and all kinds of commotion. They said -- better get in this back room here. And all of a sudden, I was in this room, which they had it all fixed up as a bedroom. So, getting me there was sort of dishonesty. Getting me into the interview. I was expecting an interview on Austrian economics. So, that didn't turn out that way. But, by the time he started pulling his pants down, »

- Brad Brevet

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Here It Is! "Bruno" Red Band Trailer

2 April 2009 10:14 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Quite possibly the most anticipated comedy of 2009, Sacha Baron Cohen's follow-up to his 2006 hit Borat, the equally outrageous Brüno (with an umlaut, which I shan't repeat again because I have a grudge against umlauts), finally has a trailer, and it's a red band one. In case you don't know what a red band trailer is, it's definitely Nsfw.

The sharp-eyed few of you will notice that Ron Paul appears briefly in one shot near the end.

I don't think this trailer properly shows the film's promise just yet. It focuses on the raunchy stuff, which was the kind of material that made Borat a cultural sensation, but only hints at that satirical edge that elevated the film from the typical gross-out stunts and pranks, which I'm sure Bruno still has a-plenty

From what I've been hearing, Bruno boldly challenges the American perception of homosexuality using the same shock tactics »

- Arya Ponto

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Ron Paul's Bruno Scene Revealed

18 March 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We just reported that Sacha Baron Cohen stirred up trouble in Arkansas by staging a cage fight event only to surprise the 1,500 attendees with something completely different. Instead of the fighting, beer and hot women, Cohen and another male actor stripped down to their underwear and made out passionately. Now the Slate website is reporting another stunt from the upcoming "Bruno" movie, this time involving the Texas Congressman (former Republican Presidential candidate) Ron Paul. The following information contains spoilers from the movie. Spoilers Ahead: The scene with Paul, filmed in early 2008, occurs about halfway through the movie, after Bruno gets the idea that you have to make a sex tape to become famous. Cut to a hotel suite where Bruno sits across from Ron Paul. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, a light blows out on the set. Bruno apologizes for the technical difficulties and suggests that he and Paul »

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Say What? Bruno Offered Ron Paul Hot, Passionate Gay Sex!

18 March 2009 10:55 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Oh the things Sacha Baron Cohen will do for the sake of art! And, oh the things a politician will do for the sake of getting elected!

When the two meet, well, gay sex galore! Well, not quite.

As you may have heard, Cohen is busy adapting another character from his HBO show, this time, it's the gay Austrian Bruno! Picture "Borat" as a gay Austrian and you'll get the drift.

So the 20 minutes of the film was screened at South by Southwest, and apparently, there was a five-minute scene where Bruno seduces Texas congressman and former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

The premise of the film, which is being released July 10th of this year, tells the story of Bruno, a flamboyant TV host whose show gets canceled in Austria, so following his own version of the great American dream, he heads to the Us to try to resurrect his career. »

- Manny

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Bruno Tricks National Guard, Attempts Seduction of Ron Paul

17 March 2009 2:26 PM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

As a follow up to the 20 minutes of footage from Bruno shown at SXSW this weekend, some more juicy tidbits about a couple of scenes have come to light. In one, Bruno posing as a German documentary filmmaker manages to trick his way onto an Alabama National Guard post, get a military uniform and briefly begin training. Details of exactly went on are sketchy, but Guard officials concede that it was a real embarrassment. In a second scene, Bruno unsuccessfully tries to get into former Gop presidential candidate Ron Paul's pants. Paul was led to believe he was just invited up to the hotel room for an interview, but winds up in dimly-lit bedroom where Bruno's striptease eventually clues him in to the fact that something more than just a little "European" is going on here. "This guy is a queer," Paul finally concludes after Bruno unbuckles his pants »

- Bill Stouffer

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