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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

Writers:

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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Borat was so 2006

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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 USA:

$30,619,130, 12 July 2009

Gross USA:

$60,054,530

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$138,805,831
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sacha Baron Cohen and his crew reportedly illegally accessed a fashion show in Milan, Italy using fake IDs. After Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen) entered the stage, the lights were dimmed, and Sacha Baron Cohen was escorted out of the fashion show by security personnel. See more »

Goofs

In the part where Brüno and Lutz are fighting outside of the police station, after Brüno says no to Lutz, there's a gold Ford Mustang in the top left hand corner of the frame, however, after it switches to the wide angle view of Lutz walking away from Brüno, the same Ford Mustang drives through the entrance of the police station and is clearly not in the same spot as it was only a few seconds before. See more »

Quotes

Elton John: [singing] War's just based on hate and fear / Stop fighting, North and South Korea.
Brüno: [singing] You're both basically Chinese.
Chris Martin: [singing] He's Brüno, dove of peace.
Snoop Dogg: [rapping] Hey, yo Brüno, where the bitches at?
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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

The movie's original cut was rated 18 by the BBFC for the UK, and released in that form. The movie was then edited down by two minutes to secure a 15 certificate, and re-released two weeks later as "Brüno: Snipped - The 15-Rated Version". Both versions were shown in parallel, with the edited version targeting the more-lucrative teenage audience. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Office: Niagara: Part 1 (2009) See more »

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Sexin' Me
Written by Paul Taylor
Performed by Christian Ebner
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Writing this made me hungry
13 July 2009 | by stuartkurthSee all my reviews

First off let me start by saying that I am not the kind of person to slate a film on the basis of it being popular, it never ceases to amaze me that films widely regarded to be "one of the greatest" have reviews from people calling it "one the worst". I have came to the conclusion that these people fall into one of either two categories; A) I hate EVERYTHING POPULAR and I am a tool, or B) I would rather watch an artsy Eastern European film made with a budget of Kit-Kat proportions…and I am a tool.

Sorry I realise I have released some hidden bitterness which doesn't really contribute to this review.

Anyway on to the Brüno movie; this film will make you laugh, I did, everyone else did and you probably will to (unless you are a robot, which would be very cool BTW). So you may be pondering the mediocrity of my score for it, well I guess in summery I could say that in my OPINION there are funny moments but as a movie it is not very good.

Borat I loved, I don't think I have ever laughed harder at a film. As well as being funny I felt the story had continuity where he was travelling from east to west in America and giving an insight into the different cultures that exist and using them for comedy. Although there were some random points I felt there was a general storyline.

In contrast I felt that Brüno had little continuity at all. The locations he travelled to and people he met almost seemed to have been plucked out of a hat, but most likely out of thin air. The Brüno storyline was a tad loose or to quote Borat: "like a wizard's sleeve".

As it is nearing lunchtime I am going to compare films to sandwiches; to represent the beginning/goal and end/conclusion you have the bread (or ciabatta roll if you want to spoil yourself), then all the events in between act as the filling and you can have anything you like; lettuce, cheese, chicken, ham, tomato, peppers, peanut butter, jam, whatever sauce or garnish your little sandwich-loving heart desires…anything really (but not mayonnaise). You need both bread and filling to make a good sandwich/movie and it's the bread/filling combo that determines whether it's a good sandwich/movie or a bad sandwich/movie. You may be wondering if I have simply gone mad at this point or if I have relevant point, patience its coming.

It is my OPINION that; when they set out to make the Brüno movie they thought up numerous funny scenes, and THEY ARE FUNNY if not a little outrageous. The movie is chocked full crunchy lettuce, sweet peppers, red onion and even a slice of bacon or two. But they suddenly realised they had no bread to hold these delicious fillings together so in their haste they substituted real bread with Ryvita; breads deformed and disappointing cousin. So in the end while you could enjoy brief moments of flavour from the fillings you know in your heart that you are not eating a real sandwich.

So in conclusion I found Brüno funny but I just wasn't convinced that it was a good film. I am not saying that the Brüno sandwich is a waste of time, it has funny moments and if you are a fan of Borat then I feel you owe it to Mr Cohen to go see him in Brüno because he is a funny man. Then and only then can you decide if you loved or loathed it.

Now if you don't mind I am away to make myself a Godfather sandwich.


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