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Is the new movie Brüno a satire, a mockumentary, a comedy, or none of these things?

Brüno, Sacha Baron Cohen's new quasi-documentary stunt comedy, is, if anything, a crazier, funnier, and even pricklier pincushion of a movie than Borat, his 2006 tweak of all things dumb, bigoted, and American. Teaming up again with director Larry Charles, Baron Cohen once more wanders the U.S. landscape in the put-on guise of an egomaniacally doltish yet weirdly resonant pest. Brüno, who has no known surname, is a homosexual Austrian fashionista claiming to be a reporter from an Austrian television station.  He is an Austrian fashion-celebrity-fame whore in skintight hot pants and a frosted mop of Eurotrash hair that spills over his forehead like the tail of a dead squirrel.  Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays Brüno, interviews unsuspecting guests about topics such as fashion, entertainment, celebrities and homosexuality, with an emphasis on the latter as each interview progresses. There are cameos, knowingly or not, by Paula Abdul, La Toya Jackson, Harrison Ford, Ron Paul, Bono, Chris Martin, Elton John, Slash, Snoop Dogg and Sting.

Bruno Movie PosterMPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language.

Running time: 82 minutes.

"The entire film is in seriously questionable taste, and there will, of course, be debates about what's staged and what's not. Those looking for purity in satire should stay away. Yet there's a vision at work in Brüno -- the movie is a toxic dart aimed at the spangly new heart of American hypocrisy: our fake-tolerant, fake-charitable, fake-liberated-yet-still madly-closeted fame culture. Brüno ends on a note of scandalously funny out-and-proud triumph, and that's because Sacha Baron Cohen never makes a plea for tolerance. He tosses a grenade for tolerance." Entertainment Weekly

"Undeniably funny, outrageous and boundary-pushing, this further documentation of Sacha Baron Cohen's sheer nerve will draw an abundant share of Borat fans, gross-out seekers and the culturally curious, making for some potent B.O. figures, at least at first. But the content will turn off some (no doubt including some gays), as will the sourness and ill will triggered by the picture's cumulative misanthropy." Variety

"Brüno is a no-holds-barred comedy permitting several holds I had not dreamed of. The needle on my internal Laugh Meter went haywire, bouncing among hilarity, appreciation, shock, admiration, disgust, disbelief and appalled incredulity. Here is a film that is 82 minutes long and doesn't contain 30 boring seconds. There should be a brief segment at the next Spirit Awards with John Waters conferring the Knighthood of Bad Taste to Sacha Baron Cohen. If he decides to tap Cohen on each shoulder with his sword, I want to have my eyes closed." Roger Ebert, Sun Times

"Brüno offers both succor and sucker bait for liberal-minded viewers who may feel harassed and hemmed in by prevailing and ever-shifting cultural sensitivities." NY Times

"Cohen has impeccable comedic timing in this blistering, hoax-filled social satire about one man's quest to become über famous. The insane antics, vulgar jokes, machinery-assisted sex toys, and graphic sex (straight and gay) provoke reactions that are impossible not to laugh and cringe at. Brüno ist funken funny." MoviesOnline

Sources: thebrunomoviemovies.about.comFandago

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