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Brüno (2009)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  10 July 2009 (USA)
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Flamboyant and gay Austrian Brüno looks for new fame in America.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chibundu Orukwowu ...
Chigozie Orukwowu ...
Mexican Gardener #1 (as Toby Hoguin)
Robert Huerta ...
Mexican Gardener #2
Gilbert Rosales ...
Mexican Gardener #3
Mexican Gardener #4
Marco Xavier ...
Mexican Gardener #5
Himself - 'Dove of Peace'
Himself - 'Dove of Peace'
Himself - 'Dove of Peace'
Himself - 'Dove of Peace'


Brüno is a gay Austrian fashion guru. He has his own fashion based television show, Funkyzeit, the most popular German-language show of its kind outside of Germany. After he disgraces himself in front of his Funkyzeit fan base, he is ruined in German speaking Europe. He decides that in his quest for worldwide fame, he will move to Los Angeles and reinvent himself. Accompanying him to the US is Lutz, his former assistant's assistant. Lutz is the only person left in his circle that still believes in Brüno's greatness. Brüno goes through one reinvention of himself after another, ultimately straying to areas far removed from his own self. Perhaps when Brüno finds an activity that he truly does love, he will also find that über-fame he so desperately desires. Written by Huggo

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Borat was so 2006



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt  »

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Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,000,229 (UK) (10 July 2009)


$59,992,760 (USA) (14 August 2009)

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Did You Know?


Originally got a NC-17 rating from the MPAA, but after Sacha Baron Cohen re-edited it it received an R. See more »


When Brüno takes OJ out of the box at the airport, the subtitle says "That is 13 pounds of black gold." He says "Das ist vierzehn Pfund schwarzes Gold." "Vierzehn" means 14, not 13 ("dreizehn"). See more »


Brüno: So... if they are nice they are gay, right?
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The U in the Universal logo is spelled with an umlaut (Ü) like the movie's title. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Episode #1.19 (2009) See more »


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17 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw it and I was a bit let down. I am gay, I love Cohen, and was ready to laugh. But the problem was he didn't expose any under-the-surface bigotry like he did in Borat. He overdid his "gayness" to such a violent extreme that he forced reactions out of people, some of whom are probably plenty openminded. You ended feeling sorry for these people.

Especially Ron Paul, who out of all the politicians Cohen could have chosen, deserved it the least. He's no champion of gay rights, but he is certainly not an enemy either and he reacted like any normal person would in that nightmarish situation. There were also some genuine bigots in the film, but Cohen goes to such an extreme to provoke them, by the time it gets to that point, who cares?

There were funny moments, of course, Cohen is a funny man, but this movie lacks the bite Borat had. This was just an exercise in bad taste (which is fine, if that's what you're looking for).

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