Bruno is ballsy, hysterical and totally offensive (in the good way). But be forewarned: anyone who isn’t completely comfortable with sexuality and/or homosexuality is in for a shock. Forget Brokeback Mountain — this is the swishiest mainstream movie in history.
Straight guys who consider themselves liberal/homo-friendly were visibly uncomfortable during Bruno, which follows Sasha Baron Cohen’s fictional gay, Austrian fashionista character to America as he tries anything and everything to become famous.
What makes Bruno genius is how Baron Cohen tackles homophobia head on, no holds barred, by being the most flaming queer ever and making real people deal with it. At least one LGBT group has complained it sets back the community but in this humble reviewer’s opinion [full disclosure: who is as gay as a jailbird] it actually does the exact opposite. It makes homophobes look like the imbeciles.
Speaking of imbeciles, Cohen also gets famous people like Paula Abdul, who literally sits on a Mexican worker like a chair, and politician Ron Paul to make complete asses of themselves during fake interviews. How could they fall for this? It’s jaw-droppingly funny.
And Bruno is graphic. There are group sex scenes, things in butts, plenty of dildos, lots of gay sex and male-on-male making out. There are times during the movie where you will literally find yourself saying out loud, “Oh no!” Because you know what’s coming and you simply can’t believe it.
Every single moment of Bruno is LOL funny, but the best bits include a scene where Bruno tries to broker Mid-East peace, when he hits on his homosexuality re-programmer, goes camping with a bunch of rednecks and is found in bed with his gay lover by the staff of a motel.
Like in Cohen’s smash hit Borat, sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s been staged and what’s actually real. But in the end it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you will laugh your oaschloch off.