Director: Larry Charles Release Date: 10/07/09 Link: IMDB Ich Saw Bruno unt Ich Loved it! Seeing a film like Bruno in a state like Kentucky gave me a sense of danger – Kentucky, a southern state, has been known to have its over-patriotic, homophobic types, the ones who beat their children in Walmart and fry everything, but only after church on Sundays because they don’t want to go to hell like the how-mow-sexuals. But I know now that my sense of danger was not even near that of Sascha Baron Cohen’s, who risked his life playing Bruno, a flamingly gay Austrian fashonista. Bruno makes his moves on some hunters from Alabama (much worse than Kentucky), asks an Islamic terrorist to kidnap him, and goes within five feet of Paula Abdul (perhaps his most dangerous task). Bruno follows said Austrian model/dancer/singer, having been banned from European fashion after a disastrous Velcro incident (you’ve seen the commercials), as he makes his way to America to become a true celebrity. With his faithful and slave-like assistant Lutz (they speak questionable German throughout), Bruno takes Hollywood by storm with a TV-show that is riotously and inexplicably raunchy (the flaccid male penis is so “Aut!”). Alas, the show does not do well with the focus groups, so Bruno must try every other antic to become a celebrity, among them solving the middle-eastern crisis, adopting an African-American baby from Africa, and going straight. The latter antic loses a bit of the film’s satirical focus and begins to feel more like Borat as the ex-fashion icon goes to Alabama to learn heterosexuality. This is one of my only complaints about the movie. Otherwise, it is fast-paced, very smart, sharp, and deliciously offensive. The humor towards which Baron Cohen gravitates knows no taboos – nothing is sacred to Baron Cohen and the levels that he stoops down/up to, depending on your taste, are practically unprecedented in studio film. It is this edginess which adds a liveliness and freshness to the film, even as it follows the same formula as Borat and uses a lot of similar gags. We still laugh because Baron Cohen is so firmly (pun intended) dedicated to the role. As I have mentioned, however, the film is very raunchy. If you are necessarily opposed to any type of homosexual imagery (I will not call you a “homophobe”) then you should shy away from this one. That is one of the subliminal messages of the film – we are, as a basically straight society, homophobic and are generally disgusted by homosexual imagery even though equally lurid heterosexual imagery is all over motion pictures. It is, in some ways, like Brokeback Mountain or Milk in the way that it mainstreams homosexual behavior and images. I, for one, was not terribly disturbed by the images. I am a straight man but I thought that the pursuit of comedy was far too successful to be grossed out by a couple dudes making out. Especially in the big finale of the movie – it is oh so very worth it.