Bruno (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Larry Charles Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen

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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!

As Bruno travels the world in search of fame, everyone he encounters -- celebrities, politicians, Hasidic Jews, terrorists and cage fighters -- becomes a stepping-stone to stardom, with hilarious results!

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 212545083
UPC 025195052597
UPC 14 00025195052597
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 11/17/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Gays
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note After BORAT took over America in 2006, another Sacha Baron Cohen creation arrives on the big screen. In BRUNO, the gay Austrian model of the title brings his antics to the States.
Reviews
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Baron Cohen is the pure, untamed id of movie comedy....The hilarity is stratospherically hilarious, producing gags that pull you up short." 07/09/2009
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's gross, offensive and puerile in equal measure -- but it is impossible not to laugh while you wince and recoil." 06/26/2009
Variety "Undeniably funny, outrageous and boundary-pushing...further documentation of Sacha Baron Cohen's sheer nerve..." 06/26/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] no-holds-barred comedy....Here is a film that is 82 minutes long and doesn't contain 30 boring seconds." 07/09/2009
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "BRUNO is funny, filthy and lands a few sharp punches....The writing is tight..." 07/06/2009
Entertainment Weekly "[A] crazier, funnier, and even pricklier pincushion of a movie than BORAT....BRUNO ends on a note of scandalously funny out-and-proud triumph..." -- Grade: A- 07/17/2009
Los Angeles Times "Like a wayward love child of Lenny Bruce and the Three Stooges, Bruno is an idiot savant of penetration -- breaking through borders, boundaries and anything that resembles good taste on his way to whipping up as much cultural anarchy as he can." 07/09/2009
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he shock factor is undeniable....You'll cringe and watch through splayed fingers, but mostly you'll laugh." 07/10/2009
A.V. Club "BRUNO brings an exhilarating element of danger back to comedy....[Cohen's] retained the power to shock, offend, provoke, unsettle, and most importantly, entertain a jaded, desensitized public." 07/09/2009
Wall Street Journal "It's an exercise in offensiveness, an exploration of over-the-topness and a gleeful working of both sides of the street, with sporadic frolics in the gutter." 07/10/2009
Movieline "[Q]uite funny....A succession of skits, gags, episodes and stunts..." 07/09/2009
Premiere 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "There are a ton of laughs....Cohen puts himself in ridiculous and sometimes life-threatening situations without breaking character..." 11/16/2009
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's definitely the squirm-inducing moments when he scores." 07/24/2009
Directors
Larry Charles
Actors
Sacha Baron Cohen
Cast & Crew
Sacha Baron Cohen - Star
Sacha Baron Cohen - Screenwriter
Anthony Hines - Screenwriter
Dan Mazer - Screenwriter
Jeff Schaffer - Screenwriter
Sacha Baron Cohen - Story
Peter Baynham - Story
Anthony Hines - Story
Dan Mazer - Story
Sacha Baron Cohen - Producer
Jay Roach - Producer
Dan Mazer - Producer
Monica Levinson - Producer
Anthony Hines - Executive Producer
Jon Poll - Co-Producer
Jason Alper - Associate Producer
Jonah Hill - Associate Producer
Jeff Schaffer - Associate Producer
Todd Schulman - Associate Producer
Dale Stern - Associate Producer
Anthony Hardwick - Director of Photography
Wolfgang Held - Director of Photography
Erran Baron Cohen - Composer
Larry Charles - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00025195052597
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 82 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Bruno allows Sacha Baron Cohen to bring another member of his rogues' gallery of misfits to the big screen. This is a worthy successor to Borat and employs the similar tactic of exploiting the stupidity, ignorance, and prejudice of Americans as a form of satire and social commentary. This time around, however, the formula is a little more mean-sprited than last time, and some moments of discomfort within Bruno result from a sense that the filmmakers are not playing fair. The spontaneity of Borat is largely absent and, although some sequences are undoubtedly unrehearsed, there are indications that some were staged. The difficulty in telling one from the other speaks to the craft used to assemble the production, but it also robs Bruno of a key element - the belief that Baron Cohen is using "real" Americans to illustrate his points. The "reality" embraced by Bruno is no less artificial than the one embraced by many so-called "reality" television shows. When it comes to making viewers laugh, however, Bruno hits a home run - provided the viewer is not easily offended. For Baron Cohen, there are no sacred cows and he sets out to shock those who profess to be "unshockable."...Ultimately, Bruno does what it sets out to do: provide social commentary through the most violent of guerilla tactics, camouflaged by waves of laughter at highly "inappropriate" comedy. Those who have seen Bruno's segments on The Ali G. Show and who have experienced Borat will not be overly surprised by where this movie goes, but the demographic is limited. There are those who will praise this as brilliant filmmaking (Baron Cohen is ably assisted by Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry Charles, who also directed Borat) and others who will demonize it as hateful, pornographic excess. Some, in fact, will use the latter reaction to justify the former. For my part, I was glad to find a movie that pulled no punches in its quest to generate laughter. For those of a non-Puritanical mindset, it's hard to deny that Bruno succeeds in being both outrageous and outrageously funny, and it's hard to damn a comedy, regardless of its faults, for those qualities.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Bruno 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...To describe Cohen's character Bruno as flamboyantly gay would be an understatement. He makes Bruce Vilanch seem like Mike Ditka. Bruno is disgraced in his native Austria when he wears a Velcro suit to Fashion Week and sticks to backdrops, curtains and models. It's slapstick worthy of Jerry Lewis. Then he flies to Los Angeles with Lutz (Gustaf Hammarsten), his loyal worshipper, vowing to become a celebrity...As in his 2006 hit Borat, Cohen places his character into situations involving targets who may not be in on the joke, and have never heard of Bruno or, for that matter, Sacha Baron Cohen. Some of the situations may be set up with actors, but most are manifestly the real thing. I include an interview in which Bruno lures Rep. Ron Paul into a hotel room, his appearance on a Dallas TV morning show, the screening of a TV pilot before a focus group, counseling with two Alabama ministers dedicated to "curing" homosexuals and a gay wrestling match before a crowd that is dangerously real...The movie is directed by Larry Charles, who in Borat, Bill Maher's Religulous and his TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm has specialized in public embarrassment. Come to think of it, this may explain his outstandingly awful feature film debut, the Bob Dylan vehicle Masked and Anonymous (2003). In that one, stars like Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Angela Bassett, John Goodman, Val Kilmer and Luke Wilson appeared as straight men while Dylan as Jack Fate occasionally deigned to utter brief and enigmatic proverbs. Maybe they were told, ha-ha, they were going to appear in a real movie.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Jason Buchanan, TV Guide This is satire at its most confrontational and incisive.
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club [Sascha Baron Cohen] retained the power to shock, offend, provoke, unsettle, and most importantly, entertain a jaded, desensitized public.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine Sascha Baron Cohen is the pure, untamed id of movie comedy.

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