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Well unlike the homophobe that wrote the first review on this, I think it was a clever film that challenges gender roles and stereotypes. Just so people know, there are plenty of straight men that like dressing up in women's clothing. It's a bit off, but lets not pretend that the world is as black and white as we are told to think it is. Kathy Bates does an excellent job as a small minded nun that doesn't practice what she preaches and Stacey Halprin portrays a toned down John Waters-like character caught up in her recent divorce to the point of non-functionality. I think the acting was a bit stiff and at times forced, but like its subject the film was unique enough to keep me interested. The user before me wondered if this film had any point because it must have eluded him. Well it is perfectly clear that this film promotes a non-conformist attitude and a message not to live vicariously through your children. Shoving you child in a direction he or she does not want to go (even if it involves wearing a dress!) will only cause lifelong resentment and continue the cycle.
I had my doubts at first, but as the movie progressed I was in awe of the
story being told.
The box-art says it all, totally original. Believe me, there are times in your life when you just want to do something different, or a time when you just don't care what people think.
I would recommend this movie to everyone.
Alex D. Linz is great in this movie. Showing unsurpassed talent for a boy his age.
Bruno was the kind of movie that I will see over and over. I am not usually a fan of movies starring children, and I generally look for some (intelligent) action. This dreamy story of an angelic, cross-dressing young boy was presented with style and compassion and offered a lesson in respect. Run don't walk to rent it!
Beautifully done picture about being yourself and tolerance for others.The boy Bruno (Alex D. Linz) is superb is this role and the mother also does a great job. Probably won't make much money but deserves to more than 95% of latest films.
Bruno had two ineffectual parents - an intelligent boy who is out of
place except in his own world of spelling. The movie allows the viewer
to feel the hurt of the various characters without damning any of them.
It shows how adults can be so wrapped up in their own turmoil and
battling their inner demons and disappointments that they fail to see
just how their children are being affected.
Bruno manages to touch your heart on one hand and make you want to shout at the screen characters at the same time.
The mother is so over the top that at times you are waiting for the punch line to come, but it doesn't - and you are left wanting to shake her and say get over yourself - look at your son! The father mopes around and turns to a shallow witch who on one hand you can see that he cringes with her behavior but his own pitifully low self-esteem makes him gravitate right back to her - maybe her being so low makes him feel so much better? Anyway, the film will grab you and at times frustrate you but there is an underlying redeeming message - tolerance, recognition of uniqueness.
This funny, quirky, and touching story of individuality and tolerance makes
it one of 2000's best films.
David Ciminello's film writing debut and Shirley Maclaine's second directorial opus populates the screen with the most memorable characters since "Matilda," "Gilbert Grape," and "Christmas Story." Bruno Battaglia (expertly played by Alex D. Linz) is an eight-year-old prodigy who aspires to win the National Catholic School Spelling Competition and its grand prize, an all expense paid trip to Rome for a private audience with the Pope. After a near-death experience and encounter with angels, he resolves to compete wearing various dresses (which he insists are "holy vestments"), much to the distress of the Long Island school's nuns (Kathy Bates as Mother Superior, Lainie Kazan and Brett Butler as his teachers) and the ridicule of his classmates.
Bruno's morbidly obese mother (Stacey Halprin), his estranged father who is ashamed of his son (Gary Sinese), his hyper-masculine grandmother (Shirley Maclaine), and his Annie Oakleyesque best friend (Kiami Davael) round out the cast with stellar performances. Watch for cameos by Gwen Verdon and Jennifer Tilly.
I stayed up late last night to watch this movie on the cable. It is a
The script by David Ciminello was alive. I couldn't stop watching until the conclusion. I'm waiting to see his next one.
As a good Catholic boy I thrilled seeing the reactions of the nuns to the boy and his dress. Kathy Bates as "Mother Superior" was wonderful - in fact the casting was superb.
Some people have thrown negative comments about this film but really it is a fun film with a deep meaning.
Well, this looks like a film many people (most?) didn't get. Should have got a lot more credits than it seems to have gotten. Not sure why at all it flunked the critical course. It's quite good and seems to have been Shirley MacLaine's first directing job. So, go see it or rent it. BTW, there is nothing in it of floating in clouds of spirituality over Peru, for those who have worried about that sort of thing over the course of Ms. MacLaine's almost always very distinguished career.
The movie is kind of like a home movie done by an extremely talented director and a lot of other talented movie pros: it's not that it's amateurish at all; its rather that it doesn't try for finished Hollywood effects much. Just lets things out, sometimes to play, sometimes not. It's very, very well directed but not in a usual or common or regular sense. Shirley MacLaine may do her best at what you might call encouraging and allowing her actors (including herself) to do "fresh" things onscreen. Sort of like, "OK, go!" Really nice spirit about almost all of the show.
And, like most good or better creations, the film doesn't at all go out of its way to explain the story it's showing you. Good. That means it's real hard to put it in a category. Also Good. It's some kind of comedy AND drama, I suppose, but please don't call it a comedy-drama, I think.
The young hero, played by Alex Linz, is a quite wonderful "open" part. Again the movie does not try to explain, put words on what "exactly", "precisely" <groan> his motivations are (to win the National Catholic Spelling Bee <really>) while most of the time wearing girl-woman dress, often flamboyant. Kathy Bates as the head of the Catholic grade school he attends is wonderful, too, a quite masculine and tough (and funny) nun who just won't tolerate the boy, for awhile. And there are quite a few nice drop-ins from actors like Jennifer Tilly. Gary Sinese, who I usually think of as a great villain or great sickone, or both, is wonderful as a trying-to-be tough cop who was labelled sissy when he was his hero son's age, not least by his mother, Shirley MacLaine.
I liked David Cuminello's script a lot. Got the impression he may not have written all of it???
In all, a quite different film that is well worth watching, wherever. Far from run of the mill, as they say.
I'm a little afraid to give it the 6 rating I've put on it, but I think I should stop worrying because I am a hard grader. Somewhere between 6 and 7 is I think where it belongs, and where I hope it's getting to on IMDB.
As with all of Shirley MacLaine's films the message was well worth the
two hours of my life.
I recommend it highly.
Not one stereotype is left unchallenged and done so subtly one has to stop and really think.
Had a really difficult time watching the brutality Bruno and Angela (Stacey Halprin) had to endure from most everyone else in the film, all because they wanted/needed/were seeking to be themselves. What a society of drones we live in. "And it will take a child to lead them..." ..and a black child for that matter.
Great movie, may be difficult for sensitive folks but well worth it. Had to watch it in three time periods just to let the distress at the violence subside.
This movie was disturbing, not because of the subject matter but
because of the way it was handled. The extremely overweight mother
(Angela) did not even make it on the cover of the video case when most
of the rest of the cast did. This is not fair but is a statement in
itself. I also notice her picture is missing from IMDb (maybe her own
choice) and it looks like this is her only film ever? The language in
this movie was crude beyond necessity. Watched with my 10yr old son
because it was rated PG in Canada and the language coming out of their
mouths was shameful & disgusting. Never did appreciate Shirley Maclain
like so many others seem to.
LOVE Kathy Bates and always will. Sinese's part was annoying.
The little boy Alex is a great little actor. I'll have to see what else he's been up to lately..
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