(Sacha Baron Cohen, LaToya Jackson, et al / DVD / R / 2009 / Universal Studios)
Overview: Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Da Ali G Show and Talladega Nights) brings you the comedy that has started more conversations, generated more controversy and dared to go further than ever before!
DVD Verdict: Gay Austrian TV presenter Bruno is fired from his job for an incident which disrupts Milan fashion week. As a result his lover leaves him for another man and Bruno now decides to move to America with his assistant's assistant, Lutz in an attempt to become the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler. During his time in America he looks into a number of unsuccessful ways of becoming famous which are to become an extra on the TV show Medium, creating his own TV show which the focus group do not like and trying to make a sex tape with politician Ron Paul who Bruno mistakes as drag queen Ru Paul. After these unsuccessful attempts at becoming famous, Bruno decides to follow in the footsteps of Branjelina and Madonna and swap his iPod for an African baby.
The Bruno character is as camp as camp can be and the way in which Cohen maintains this character even in seemingly dangerous situations is admirable. Insulting a terrorist and mocking an arena full of testosterone fuelled cage fighting fans are both brave moves as Cohen made the conscious decision to up-the-ante with this character. The tagged on story to drive the film along is quite an amusing one in its own respect and the assistant's assistant, Lutz character played by Gustaf Hammarsten who becomes Bruno's love interest generates some incredibly humorous moments.
Cohen seeks out the best of the best people with prejudices which allow him to create moments that are spectacular in the eyes of the beholder. Having Paula Abdul sit on Mexican men acting as furniture, while discussing human rights, is a superb moment that had me in stitches. Running through an anti-gay protest group whilst dressed in bondage attire attached to his friend Lutz is another stunning example of the intelligent mockery that has been consistent throughout the years of Cohen's characters.
By far the best moment of the film is the scene set during a cage fight show which ends with Lutz and Bruno kissing in the middle of the cage with a few hundred ravenous fans looking to hurt them. It's the prime example of the danger Cohen put himself in to make this film a bigger success than its predecessor, Borat.
Although I loved this film for its bravery I felt that Cohen only took these risks because he felt the Bruno character wasn't strong enough to go along the same lines of Borat. It is worthy of the success it has received and it it's a great way to end the Cohen trio of films and although it's doubtful it would happen, I'd love to see a sequel to this or Borat. [SS] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
An hour of Alternative, Deleted and Extended Scenes not shown in theaters
Enhanced Commentary – Hear in depth stories for selected scenes from Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles
An Interview with Hollywood Agent Lloyd Robinson – Get the story behind Brüno’s real Hollywood agent.
BRUNO SITS WITH PETE ROSE – VIDEO CLIP