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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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Larry Charles

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Sacha Baron Cohen (screenplay), Anthony Hines (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Brüno
Gustaf Hammarsten ... Lutz
Clifford Bañagale ... Diesel
Chibundu Orukwowu Chibundu Orukwowu ... O.J.
Chigozie Orukwowu Chigozie Orukwowu ... O.J.
Josh Meyers ... Kookus
Toby Holguin ... Mexican Gardener #1 (as Toby Hoguin)
Robert Huerta Robert Huerta ... Mexican Gardener #2
Gilbert Rosales Gilbert Rosales ... Mexican Gardener #3
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Mexican Gardener #4
Marco Xavier ... Mexican Gardener #5
Bono ... Himself - 'Dove of Peace'
Chris Martin ... Himself - 'Dove of Peace'
Elton John ... Himself - 'Dove of Peace'
Slash ... Himself - 'Dove of Peace'
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Storyline

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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,000,229 (United Kingdom), 10 July 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,619,130, 12 July 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,054,530

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$138,805,831
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1.85 : 1
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The movie originally received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, but after Sacha Baron Cohen re-edited it the film, the picture received an R rating certificate. See more »

Goofs

Although Brüno appears as a native Austrian, most of his german words are gibberish and pure nonsense. For instance in the very beginning of the movie he asks a designer to show "one Kugelsack". Kugelsack is a word that does not exist in the german language and therefore makes no sense. The german word he was supposed to use was "Hoden" which is an entirely different word. This mix of german words and made-up gibberish words continue throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Lutz: Because I think that... you're amazing.
Brüno: Am I going to wake up to find you masturbating over me?
Lutz: I promise not to wake you.
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Crazy Credits

The U in the Universal logo is spelled with an umlaut (Ü) like the movie's title. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Australia, the uncut version was rated R18+ by the OFLC and was subsequently edited to receive a lower MA15+ rating. According to Universal a few seconds of footage were trimmed in order to receive the new rating. The uncut version was released on DVD/Blu-ray. See more »

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Some laughs- A LOT of shock
11 July 2009 | by main-38See all my reviews

I remember pretending to go to sleep some nights and then waiting for my parents to go to bed. After the coast was clear I would sneak downstairs and watch HBO. One of my favorite shows, besides 'Real Sex', was 'Da Ali G Show'. I still try and catch it whenever its on now and it still is classic and timeless.

I had no idea how they were going to pull it off but I saw 'Borat' in its opening weekend and I, along with the rest of the audience, laughed from start to finish. Borat was pretty close to perfect and definitely engaging and re-watchable. It was fresh and it was nice to see a movie that did not have a tired, recycled plot.

It is hard to watch 'Bruno' without making comparisons to Bruno's first carnation on 'Da Ali G Show'. I was expecting something along the lines of Borat. I went into this film with the same hopes and expectations of 'Borat' and honestly the magic just was not there.

The beauty of 'Borat' was in the reactions of the people interviewed. People were intolerant, racist and sexist. 'Borat' was a complete study of American ignorance and a great sociological experiment.

There was ample opportunity for Cohen to capture this feeling again. Homophobia is a big issue today and I was really hoping to see some kind of exploration into the subject.

It was there but not in the way I expected. It felt, to me at least, that Bruno was there to simply make everyone around him uncomfortable. This was funny the first time but it got a little stale. It would have been nice to see more in terms of intolerance.

I also expected more in terms of parodying the shallowness and unpractical nature of the fashion industry. There were plenty of opportunities to take stabs at fashion but this was only done in the beginning.

Without giving anything away there is a lot of shock and a great scene with Harrison Ford- but other than that it just seemed kind of under enthusiastic. I expected a lot more.


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