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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bruno (2009)

A flamboyantly gay fashionista and TV host named Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen) loses his TV show and his dwarf lover so he flies to America in the hopes of being a mega Star. Directed by Larry Charles, this mockumentary is based, like BORAT, on a character previously created by Cohen for DA ALI G SHOW television show. The film is uneven in its humor but Cohen is so outrageous and pushing the envelope that one can't help but gasp and laugh at the same time. Some segments just lie there but when it hits its target, it's hilarious. The comedic highpoint is probably a live TV show aimed at African American Christians where Bruno flaunts the black infant (named O.J.) he swapped for an ipod in Africa, along with photos of the child in questionable taste (like hanging on a cross) to the horror and outrage of the audience. Cohen manages to sucker in a few celebrities like Harrison Ford, Paula Abdul and politician Ron Paul into the proceedings. Certainly not for everybody with its graphic nudity and sexual situations but I found myself laughing out loud more often than not. With Elton John, Bono, Sting, Snoop Dogg and Gustaf Hammarsten as Bruno's smitten and abused sidekick.

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