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Clounshoo Beholds BRUNO!!

Merrick here...
Back in 2006, when BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN came out, I posted one of the first reviews (if not the first) of the film here on AICN. I can't remember the name of the contributor whose review I posted & can't find that review via our recently improved (but still not entirely adequate) search engine. Shortly after said review was posted, I received a tremendously entertaining (and somewhat lengthy) e-mail about the film from someone close to the production - written in Borat(ish) broken English. I'm not sure who sent that e-mail - perhaps it was even Sacha himself. But, no matter who the author, the wording, creativity, and intelligence evident in the message brought me a newfound appreciation for the richness of the Ali G/Borat/Bruno/Cohenverse. Subsequently, I've become a wiser...considerably more avid...follower of Cohen's work, and I've been very much looking forward to the arrival of BRUNO'as feature film.
Here's a message from Clounshoo, who just caught a test screening of the film.
Hey guys. I just saw a screening of Bruno and figured I’d share my “do not share any information with the media” information with the media. Specifically, Aintitcool! I’ve never sent in any sort of anything to any movie site before, but I’m sick and bored, so I figured I’d spill on what I saw tonight. This will also be a mostly spoiler-free review. First, a little setup. I’m a fan of the show, and a fan of the Borat movie. BAM. That should do it. I saw the Bruno screening tonight in a packed theatre, and of course got the whole “it’s a working edit” chat, but it seemed pretty complete to me. That said, I’ll split my review into three parts; the bad, the good, and the rest. First, the bad. My biggest problem with Borat was that a lot of the material had been recycled from the show, and unfortunately it wasn’t quite as funny the second time around on the big screen. That applies here as well, although not quite as much. Which is good. But not good enough to be in “the good,” although I’ll continue this thought in that section. I think my biggest issue with Bruno, however, is that there are parts that feel too contrived. I feel for the filmmakers a bit (until I remind myself that they are making millions, and I am living on an air mattress), because you can sense a few of the bits almost collapsing due to one specific thing, and that is the fact that Cohen just can’t get away with what he could a few years ago. He’s just too big now. We all heard the stories of him getting busted trying to pull various schemes during shooting, and those all still make it in the film (some with a sort of explanation to make the footage still useable), but you can practically tell some of the reactions they got were not of people aghast at the confusion that was going on, but rather that they knew exactly what was going on. As in, the jig is up. Cohen and the editors try to play it off, but the gut feeling that it isn’t quite working is still there. Speaking of contrivances, quite a bunch of the guerrilla type setups seemed to have been replaced by scripted material, possibly as a direct result of that now lack of anonymity. My problem with that is that they tried to play it off as unplanned. Since this is mostly spoiler-free, I’ll just throw out one part as an example, and that part is the “Hollywood agent.” Bruno shows up in L.A. and meets with an agent, and it doesn’t seem real from the get-go, but it’s played like it is. But it just doesn’t gel with believability, and I think a lot of the realness issue has to do with the Bruno character as a whole. With Borat, a lot of people were willing to let that clueless foreign guy slide because he almost seemed like the type you’d run into in NYC, at least at first. Cohen stays in character, grows a moustache, doesn’t bathe for a week, and the guy is a real person from another land. Bruno pretty much never comes across as that believable. His nature is to be slick, so people are already suspecting. Moving along in “the bad,” and continuing with the believability theme; what the hell was up with Bruno, anyway? He seemed far less organic than the crazy Austrian from the TV show. The only thing I can think of is that it is in fact because this was far more scripted. You’ll know what I’m talking about when the first trailers hit, because it’s prevalent throughout. The voice has been changed, some of the cockiness has been displaced, and some of the meanness has been dropped also. It’s not a big deal, just…different. One last bit of bad, and there is a minor spoiler here. After the actual climax of the film, there is a bonus ---SPOILER--- where Bruno does a charity song about being gay with a bunch of A-list celebrities. There are some big names on the list. The bit in itself isn’t bad, but it was better in pretty much every way the first time we saw it when Jimmy Kimmel did the “I’m fucking Ben Affleck” skit. This was good, that was better. This was funny, that was funnier. It’s kind of a shame the movie ends on that note, and it would probably be better on the cutting room floor because of the comparison, but there are way too many big names for that to happen. ---END SPOILERS--- Ok, on to the good! The good is going to be shorter than the bad because there’s only one major thing you need to know, and that’s that Bruno is funny as hell. It’s very, very funny. It’s crazier than anything you’ve seen in a mainstream theatre, and yes, that includes Borat. I’ve seen a lot of stuff in my life, and I’m pretty jaded, but I saw some images and themes here I have really not seen before, and the surprising thing was how well it went over with the audience. I won’t spoil any of it, but just know that you simply can’t expect what Bruno delivers in some parts. There are some scenes that were so incredibly funny that I, and everyone else, barely kept from dry heaving. ---MINOR SPOILERS--- The focus group scene where Bruno debuts his footage (again, you can’t even begin to imagine what ends up being shown) from his new American celeb show was outstanding. The baby photo shoot and corresponding interview on a local talk show with an all-black audience was also great, as was the extremely gay boyfriend intro scene and the film’s climax, which (even though it looked a bit fake) put a brand new spin on ultimate fighting. ---END SPOILERS--- I mentioned that the whole “recycling things from the TV show” was kinda bad, but the upside of that was that in some cases they were taken even further than you thought they could go, so even though we have seen some of the stuff before, we haven’t seen it as extreme as this. And now, onto the rest. I have a feeling this film is going to polarize people far more than Borat did. I think Bruno will play well in major cities, but I really don’t know if middle America is going to take Bruno the same way and the reason, of course, is the subject matter. With Borat, even the racists got in on the jokes because, let’s face it, Borat hit at a level that people could say “he’s making a point about how intolerant some of us still are,” but he also hit at the “hey bro, he just made fun of Jews by calling them cockroaches and that’s funny RIGHTONMOTHERFUCKER GIMME A FUCKIN PINCH OF CHEW” level. I guess there’s no other way to say this, but the amount of ass fucking and completely gay dick sucking in Bruno is massive. It’s huge. And that’s going to make a lot of people uncomfortable. Which is great! But it will make for poorer box office. I’d like to be proven wrong on that, though. Another aspect of the movie is the racial under and overtones. The ---MINOR SPOILER--- whole sequence where he adopts a black baby to be cool and parades it all over the place is really going to get some people talking. But damn, is it funny. ---END SPOILERS--- The story and plot themselves were ok, and obviously just there to set up the bits. Think Borat, replace the fat assistant with a gay assistant, and instead of a road trip across America, throw in a…well, road trip across America I guess. And there you have it. I’d give the movie a solid 7.5 out of 10 (slightly lower than Borat, which I’d give almost an 8), and it’s surely the funniest thing I’ve seen this year. I suppose you could skip all that shit I wrote and just read this part: Bruno is very, very funny, if not just a bit contrived. And, so the crazy marketing people don’t hunt me down if you post this, please just call me…”Clounshoo.” Thanks!
For those wondering, the message I mention above went MIA during a techno apocalypse. Harry got mad at me for losing it, saying "This is why the universe hates you." I'd been trying to answer that question for a while; at the time it seemed as good a reason as any.

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  • March 26, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Camper than a row of tents


    I'm gay for Bruno

  • March 26, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    second lolz

    by The Amazing G

  • March 26, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    by cesareo


  • March 26, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    by cesareo


  • March 26, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST



    lets all stip and masturbate on webcam guys...guys?

  • March 26, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Air mattresses are cold to sleep on...

    by FlickaPoo wonder this guy's sick.

  • March 26, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    I take it Ali G won't make the BIg Screen anytime soon

    by Jugdish

    Cash in your chips while you can Sascha

  • March 26, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Uh, Jugdish, got news for ya...

    by Mgmax

  • March 26, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    there WAS an ali G movie


    and it sucked

  • March 26, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by beatleMatt

    You got PWN3D, son

  • March 26, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    If this is good for anything, it should...

    by Chadley BeBay

    ...shove people's hateful anti-gay beliefs back down their throats like a giant dick! Middle America needs a swift, gay, kick in the nuts. Also how sad is it to see SBC in that piece of shit Ricky Bobby? Its retarded. "One Single Plop" not funny, but certainly thinks it is...

  • March 26, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Scripted Bruno = Flames on Optimus

    by ricarleite2

  • March 26, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    beatleMatt look again hun


    "you just got PZWND"

  • March 26, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    ali g movie

    by stupidmop

    I am a huge fan of the show but the ali g movie was the worst piece of shit ever. He should have just made that bond movie he was pitching to studio execs in the show

  • March 26, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Sasha is an arrogant self serving fuck.

    by hatespeech

    fuck him and his gypsy bullshit.

  • March 26, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    the fighting scene

    by rainbowtrout1265

    is 100% a "set-up".

  • March 26, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by Burgundy82

    Absolutely not.

  • March 26, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Fully Enjoyed Ali G movie

    by MetiphisLabs

    He uses the shocks on his car to help two women give him a blowjob. What is not to like about that movie?

  • March 26, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Yet another write-off of Middle America

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    "Will it play in Peoria?" <p> Jesus, give people not above the Mason-Dixon line or on the West Coast a modicum of respect for a change.

  • March 26, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    "Yet another write-off of Middle America"

    by BilboRing

    What's wrong with that? Middle America is a bunch of racist, dumb, ignorant fucks.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Middle America is for dummkopfs

    by Rubiks Doob

    "Jesus, give people not above the Mason-Dixon line or on the West Coast a modicum of respect for a change." On what basis exactly? Just 'cuz?

  • March 26, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by Magnum Opus

    That one clip was better than that whole piece of shit Talledega Nights.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Nevermind, you guys are right.

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • March 26, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    "if not just a bit contrived"??

    by FleshMachine

    you mean "if a bit contrived."

  • March 26, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    he need to invent a new NEVER SEEN character

    by FleshMachine

    something totally different and unrecognizable.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Good Review

    by AgentCross

    I loved Borat, so I'm sure I will like this as well.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Middle America/South bias

    by Drebin

    We all know that there's no dumbasses or homophobes on the East or West Coast. Give me a freaking break.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    The 'gay' subject matter

    by performingmonkey

    I love how uncomfortable it makes certain people feel. They think the 'fags' will burn when, in fact, it is THEY whom shall be screaming in the flames, crying for their mothers as they relive the repressed memories of their fathers beating them with a belt for not reciting a certain passage correctly. I pity you all. Well I don't, I just laugh.

  • March 26, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    When is his Sherlock Holmes comedy out?


    Not as interested in Bruno, truth be told. But I'm looking forward to his Sherlock Holmes thingy.

  • March 26, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Rex Carsalot

    by Metrogenic

    The irony in your post is palpable.

  • March 26, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Middle America hates Jews?

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Huh, spent alot of time in middle America and I've never heard a single anti Semitic comment. I though he was making fun of the many countries around the world like Iran who make ridiculous accusations about Jews and routinely call for all Jews to be exterminated. (all while denying the existence of the Holocaust)

  • March 26, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Urban areas exist in the midwest.

    by Rev. Slappy

    This probably won;t play well with rural people.

  • March 26, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Yee Haww

    by masteryoda007

    I am looking forward to Sasha taking the piss right out of these dumb-fuck hillbilly cunts.

  • March 26, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Sasha Baron Cohen

    by Flibbertygibbet

    I'm quite surprised you guys in the States haven't kicked Sasha out yet! From watching these boards over the years, you seem at ease with self-criticism, but get very defensive when a foreigner does it. Personally, I'm UK-based and glad to see the back of his self-serving, sneering, exploitative shtick.

  • March 26, 2009, noon CST

    Yeah, because the majority of voters who backed Prop 8

    by BLEST

    were dumb hillbilly rednecks from Arkansas.<p>Life is a little more complicated than John Stewart and Stephen Colbert would have you think.<p>Borat was cool, but I'll skip this. I don't need the gay agenda shoved down my throat. (insert flame/gay joke here)Some gay stuff is fine, but if the whole point is to show tons of gay anal sex and blowjobs, why not just show a gay porn and put out a bogus trailer to trick people into watching it....<p>Actually, that would be pretty funny!

  • March 26, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one that thinks....

    by Gabba-UK

    Ali-G/Borat/Bruno is as funny as wood worm in a cripled childs crutches? A baby being thrown into a bonfire? Please tell me I'm not...

  • March 26, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Sounds gayer than "Star Trek Returns."

    by Light_Tweaker

    Can't wait.

  • March 26, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I live in the South

    by D.Vader

    And while there may be racists and homophobes in NY and LA, there seem to be a considerable amount more down here that are entirely open about it. Trust me, the stereotypes are justified. I have no problems with a film that points out the ignorance of the people that live around here because a. its true and b. I know not all of us are like that (and intelligent people know this as well).

  • March 26, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I never say this

    by secretcylon

    But this really feels like it was written by a plant. "First a little setup" "BAM" "got the whole, "it's a woking edit" chat."<p> I have a band on myspace and we're always getting spam from companies that wnat to "rep" us (for tons of money of course) and their messages are always filled with words like "chat" "BAM" and phrases like "first a little..." I can't put my finger on it but it's just so slimy and fake friendly and targeted without trying to seem targeted. But what the hell do i know. I can barely put a sentence together.

  • March 26, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Scripted and Secretcylon

    by filmcoyote

    First of all i gotta say, Secretcylon if this guy is a plant he's the worst ever as he spends most the time telling us it sucks cause it's all forced and scripted! This review made up my mind not to bother with this. Secondly scripted segments are no surprise. Much of Borat felt that way too to me and i know for a fact the Pam Anderson parking-lot bit was a re-shoot as the first location they did it at didn't work so they changed location and did another take, she was in on it. There are several moments that feel very very staged in Borat. Doesn't make them not funny, but does leave an after-taste of dishonesty. I enjoyed the hell out of Borat when i saw it in Amsterdam in June 06 but i never had any desire to see it again. It was like a Jackass movie.

  • March 26, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    "7.5 out of 10 (slightly lower than Borat, which I’d give almost

    by Knuckleduster

    So that's like, what, 7.9 or something?

  • March 26, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    an 8)"

    by Knuckleduster

  • March 26, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Not gay, but can watch tranny porn

    by FullBloodedScot

    if they are banging a real chick

  • March 26, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Borat was inspired humor, hope the same of Bruno

    by bobbofatz

    Why the hate for mid-amer. Whats wrong with being uncomfortable with a different sexuality thn your own. Would you, the so enlightened of this site, enjoy watching a pederast or animal lover in action? Would you squirm a bit in your chair when viewing? What two adults do in their home is nobodys business. Everyone talks of tolerance, how about some tolerance for people who would rather not hear about or view how you like it in the sack.

  • March 26, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    EXACTLY bobbofatz...

    by BLEST

    What people do in their own bedroom is up to them. And you're right, beastiality is nobody's business. Just like polygamy or homosexuality.<p>If people are over 18, and in love with the same sex, multiple people of the same or different sex, or an animal, then they can have all the sex they want with them and it's completely normal and natural.<p>In other news, Wayne Campbell is reporting that monkees have indeed flown out of his butt.

  • March 26, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I laughed a lot at BORAT


    I will probably laugh a lot at BRUNO.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    BLEST: The gay agenda shouldn't be shoved

    by Outlaw

    down our should be shoved up our asses. So by your example, if gays have an agenda, then fool's have their own. Anyone who uses the term "The gay agenda" to begin with, should remove their tongue from Limbaughs asshole, and their hand from his viagra swollen cock (also known as a rusty trombone kids). Prop 8 in California barely passed (even with NAMBLA...I mean the Mormon church, throwing money at the situation). If prop 8 were up in the Southern States, I doubt that the opposition would even reach double digits. And NO...the situation is not complex. I have not heard 1 valid argument against gay marriage.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by Candy ass monkey suit

    This is the first review ive seen wher it wasnt given amazing will be brilliant knowing cohen so i take this review with a slight pinch of salt. Thing is i don't know where cohen will go nest? Being a brit in the u.k ali g started as a sketch on the 11 o clock show,which was crap with the ali g bit being the only reason people watched it! and no one knew who cohen was so he got up to all kinds of crazy shit as ali g and borat but even before the borat movie came out he couldnt do ali g anymore as virtually everyone in the u.k knew who he was..then borat came out and the movie made a gazillion dollars worldwide so know he cant do that anymore..this is definately the last hurrah for cohens characters before he moves permantly into coomedy acting like talladega nights. Personally i saw bring back dennis pennis who in the u.k for the forerunner to cohens alig/borat.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Borat sucked

    by Second Try

    Anyone who laughted at it is an idiot.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    The gay agenda

    by Second Try

    is the ghey

  • March 26, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    "I take it Ali G won't make the BIg Screen anytime soon"

    by billyhitchcock

    funniest thing i have ever, ever read!!

  • March 26, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST


    by manifestchaos

    obviously the Pam Anderson bits were scripted you utter idiot, you can't assault a celebrity in public in front of their fans and then get the lawsuits and criminal charges dismissed because "oh, it was for a funny movie! don't worry!" Pam was in on it. No shit!

  • March 26, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    We, the morons of the midwest ...

    by leftofcentristdotcom

    ... Will never understand what is going on in this film. After all, the rest of the country is so far ahead of us. We're just now getting the first season of Lost on our ancient cable TV system. How could we possibly keep up with people in the big city when you folks get movies three years before the rest of us. But we'll catch up. I hear there's a new fangled contraption called a DVD player that can put a whole movie on a disc the same size of those new CDs. As for this gay thing. We can be just as happy as the rest of the country, so quit pickin' on us.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Won't play middle America?

    by skimn

    Has everyone forgot Deliverance? Ned Beatty hasn't.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Dick sucking and ass fucking?

    by Grievey

    No thanks. I want to see a good Sacha movie, but do I reeeaaallly have to watch gay porn while I'm at it? Gugh.<BR><BR> Srsly. And none of you retards better cry "Homophobia!" just because someone doesn't want to watch gay dudes getting it on.

  • March 26, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by dr sauch

    You're all such assholes. Gay agenda, give me a break.

  • March 26, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    when 5% of the country has to make a film like this

    by BLEST

    to "force" the other 95% to see gay sex in what they assume will be a comedy is not an agenda?<p>Grow up please.

  • March 26, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Having shows like "Next" or "Date my Mom" on MTV

    by BLEST

    that feature gay couples kissing and worse are on from 3:00 - 4:00 pm, the hour that it's PROVEN most kids will be home while mom and dad are at don't see an agenda?

  • March 26, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Cohen is a 1 trick pony...

    by Ricky_Gervais

  • March 26, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    ... Who makes films for idiots

    by Ricky_Gervais

  • March 26, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I thought Borat was funny, though.

    by BLEST

    I liked that one.

  • March 26, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by Ricky_Gervais

    Who gives a fuck what you think? Borat was shit, fact. Bruno will be shit, fact.

  • March 26, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by BLEST

    I got pwned.<p>Whatever will I do?

  • March 26, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Midday MTV programming

    by skimn

    Yes that awful same sex affection is so much worse than the human dregs on display on shows like Steve Wilcos, and Maury Povich and the such that clog daytime programming. Here's a hint. Read a book, kids.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Explain "Gay Agenda"

    by tk 421

    What is the "gay agenda". To no longer be marginalized as second class citizens and to be accepted as full members of society? Ooohhh. . . scary. That sounds just as bad as when those pesky women wanted the right to vote, equal pay and to wear pants. Damn, this country has gone down the shit hole. What's a heterosexual, white man supposed to do now?

  • March 26, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Gay Agenda:

    by BLEST

    To take sexually deviant behavior that only 5% of the people engage in, and to force it upon the other 95% of the people and tell them that it's normal, natural, and should promoted and taught in schools and every other sector of society.<p>Secondary: using all manner of print, film, and other media to push and promote this agenda.<p>That help you much?

  • March 26, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Well said BLEST

    by snomusic

  • March 26, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Fuck you BLEST

    by themagus

    I can't believe people like you still exist. Get over your homophobia because they gays are going nowhere.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    I'm all for the gay agenda

    by johnnyangelheart

    but that doesn't mean I want to watch gay dudes have sex. Draw the line somewhere, folks.

  • March 26, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    I don't mind if you want to show gay porn to an unsuspecting aud

    by LaneMyersClassic

    but why does it have to be between an ugly hairy skinny dude and an ugly hairy obese dude? (Borat) By the way that fat actor would make a great Curly or Curly Joe.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by BLEST

    Neither are we. (hint: there are 95% of us)I'm not homophobic...that would mean that I'm afraid of gays.<p>I love gay people, have had some good working relationships with quite a few in fact. But I agree: as they can't procreate, gays really aren't going anywhere.<p>And just because I like gay people, doesn't mean that I have to agree that what they do is natural or normal. Or agree with it taught in schools. Or agree with taking it from a 5% minority and changing the definition of marriage that has stood for over 5,000 years in every society of the world with different religions and cultures, and change it to include sexually deviant behavior.<p>And as one of those evil Californian's who voted Yes on 8, I don't fit into the stereotype of the hillbilly racist either. (something my black and hispanic friends would get a kick out of you saying)

  • March 26, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Homo sex is Un-American people!

    by Light_Tweaker

    You can't love the red white and blue AND love getting meat cigars shoved all up in your poop chute. Unless you're a lady.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    What's the Highlander?

    by shaft478

    juuuuuussst maybe

  • March 26, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Massive ass fucking and dick sucking?

    by DickBallsworth

    Please please please have some Fred Phelps footage in there...

  • March 26, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Why do gays have to choose to be gay?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Why can't they just choose to be normal like normal people? Bunch of contrarians if you ask me.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    The Return of Bruno

    by Iowa Snot Client

    The prequel, starring Bruce Willis?

  • March 26, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by JoseJones

    agreed. there is absolutely nothing wrong with the fact that I think the idea of a man sucking on another mans cock or some dude inserting something into my ass is absolutely repulsive. i have no interest in seeing it on screen and its fine if it makes me uncomfortable. if you are cool with it thats fine too. just don't tell me i am a homophobe if i can't enjoy watching two dudes fuck. its sick.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    AICN talkbacks = the new faggin' out

    by DickBallsworth

    Welcome aboard, boys!

  • March 26, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by geekzapoppin

    Believing in an invisible being may be popular, but that doesn't make it any less stupid. Prop 8 voters = ignorant trash unworthy of oxygen

  • March 26, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Homosexuality taught in schools?

    by D.Vader

    BLEST I think you're a bit paranoid.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    No Jose...

    by BLEST

    you and Johnny are wrong. You HAVE to watch that stuff, or your a homophobe. It's normal, and natural, and any instinct inside of you to vomit comes from your ignorance.<p>Just ask Light Tweaker, themagus, and tk 421.

  • March 26, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    And maybe this is what Steve Coogan should have done ten years a

    by palimpsest

    Frankly, Coogan's a genius with the right material, and can act. Unlike Cohen, who assaults with stereotype (it's funny, just not AS funny) - any fool could do the fake rapper [see Chris Morris's Far-Q skit on THE DAY TODAY for the whole ALI G thing in three minutes, but earlier and funnier] or funny foreigner (Peter FUCKING Sellars?). Gay fashionista is a bit obvious, frankly; the only fun is the extremes, not the nuances. Funny this year, but forgotten by the day after you've bought the DVD/Bluray. A shame Coogan seems locked into TV in the UK and occasional movie roles - he's a character comedian without parallel on his day - he's a Sellars-like talent, though his choice of material is variable.

  • March 26, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by manifestchaos

    "as they can't procreate, gays really aren't going anywhere."<br> "...doesn't mean that I have to agree that what they do is natural or normal."<br> "sexually deviant behavior."<br> "voted Yes on 8"<br><br> These are not the words of someone who has any real gay friends. You're full of shit -- that or you're just a total, unrepentant asshole. Or maybe both.

  • March 26, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    lol, where did you get the 5% number Blest, you stupid fuck?

    by dr sauch

    My god, I can't even believe people like you exist anymore. You're like an unfrozen caveman.

  • March 26, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by dr sauch


  • March 26, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    The Gay Agenda sounds awesome

    by Harold The Great

    I can see it's mastermind sitting in the dark like Bloefeld, but instead of a persian cat, he's stroking a giant cock, while his agents report to him. "Sean Penn just got an Oscar for Milk sir!" "Excellent. Soon we'll be able to marry everywhere, a bring forth the end of times. And the conservatives won't cross our plans this time. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..."

  • March 26, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    But seriously BLEST

    by Harold The Great

    Suck off a hobo, and get it out of your system. You'll be a lot happier. Everybody's doing it.

  • March 26, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Hate Crimes

    by snomusic

    Here is a side issue that concerns me.<p>I'm going avoid the points that have already gotten BLEST tarred and feathered - though you might note that he hasn't called anyone one names, merely stated hid opinion... The way hate crime legislation goes, if someone is murdered - the perpetrator of that crime can get bonus time added to his/her sentence if it is found that the victim was gay or not white. So basically if yer a white heterosexual, yer death means less.<p>Another by product of the homosexual agenda.<p>And finally a joke to ease the tension around here since there are all these fun "statistics" flying around:<b>Five percent of the homosexual population were born into it, the other ninety-five percent were sucked into it. ;o)

  • March 26, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Hate Crimes

    by Outlaw

    I always saw it as a bonus when it came to punishment. It's not detracting anything from a straight and/or white person's actually is an add-on. It's like dating someone who you're head over heals for, and on top of that, they also have nice's really just a bonus!

  • March 26, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    being gay is natural.

    by no-no

    It exists in every species and in humanity through out the ages. Being a minority doesn't make someone wrong. Being gay, I can look at straight sex and not be disgusted, I'm just indifferent. Why can't you?

  • March 26, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Your criteria for sex is pretty restrictive. Over 18, in love and in doors? Fucking hick. By the way BLEST, you should look up th definition of marriage. Two fags getting hitched doesn't actually contradict it. And certainly not in the civilised world, where its already acceptable. And BLEST, from your posts alone, you do fit the stereotype of a redneck. Apparently minus the dislike of darkies.

  • March 26, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Your not a homophobe. I find the idea of chicks fucking black guys repulsive. Doesn't make me a racist. Especially when they have anal sex. I don't want to see a hot white woman with a black dick in her ass. It looks like shes taking a shit.

  • March 26, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Hate Crimes are actually a by product of the black agenda. Not that I disagree with them making no fucking sense.

  • March 26, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch is a product of the white agenda...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...talking about the gay agenda and the black agenda..

  • March 26, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    whinynegativebitch, do you realize how insane you sound?

    by dr sauch

    more time is added to hate crimes to deter widespread hatred against a political minority. it makes sense, unless you pervert it by claiming that somehow it makes heterosexuals/white less "valuable." you can just as easily, and more accurately, determine that enhanced sentences condemn blind hatred. also, where is this 5% thing coming from? is this like sean hannity's almanac we're citing here?

  • March 26, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Also Whinybitch...

    by DrBrianOblivion would absolutely love watching my black dick penetrating the finest of your milky skinned white woman....It really is something to marvel....

  • March 26, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    ooohhhh look out its the gay agenda!!!

    by slappy jones

    what exactly is the gay agenda?? to turn you straights gay? to make all children gay?? if by agenda you mean the fight to have equal rights and be treated as just regular folk??then yes they have an agenda. it is mainly that they be seen as regular members of society and get to enjoy all the freedoms that is supposed to entail. they pay the same taxes as everybody else why in the fuck can't they go and get married. can one of you homophobic pricks please tell me for the love of god exactly why it bothers you so much if a couple of blokes or a couple of gals who are in love want to go and get hitched?? seriously...what fucking difference does it make to any of you? the only people it should concern are the two people getting married. thats it. it should not be up for a vote. it shouldn't even be a discussion. its fucking ridiculous. there is NOTHING in that book of fairy tales about it either so spare me any religious reasons.

  • March 26, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    having just watched VIDEODROME

    by frank cotton

    last night, i feel qualified to say that it's PROFESSOR Brian O'blivion

  • March 26, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by BrightEyes

    Im a hispanic who voted no on 8 and you still sound like an uneducated hillbilly my friend.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:13 a.m. CST

    prop 8

    by JoseJones

    for all of you that claim that the midwest and/or south are the intolerant hicks, you do understand that it was voted for in the most liberal state (next to Vermont, maybe) in the union. there were a lot of "enlightened" people who voted yes. get over yourselves and solve your fucking budget problems... California is the go-to state to figure out exactly how not to run the country. and don't blame Arnie... Gray Davis would have had your shit twice as worse... Arnold is a moderate Dem at best, but the liberal agenda obviously does not work... tell me where I'm wrong??????

  • March 27, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Dr sauch....

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ....Getting shot dead in a robbery would probably feel about as good as getting shot dead for being black. Why should there be an EXTRA deterent for commiting a crime against a minority? Is the suffering of a social minority somehow more painful than that of a member of the majority? Its a fucking stupid law. Crimes against any member of a society should carry the same weight. Dr, I'd prefer to see you penetrating a white male. BLEST in particular. Slappy, if what folks like BLEST and Co. say is true, the gay agenda is to turn all children into cum dumpsters for out of control homosexuals and to convert us all to Islam.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Also, whats with all the bawwwing...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Over gay rights and shit. This is Bruno. We get to laugh and rednecks and fags alike. And from the sounds of it, the typically homophobic african american community.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Define what the liberal agenda is, and then we can debate wether it works or not.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    by the way

    by JoseJones

    According to the Census 2.8% of Americans identify themselves as Homosexual.. so those of you claiming that 5% was too low, well, you're wrong. not gonna go to name calling, but if you can defy the census for better numbers, have at it.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:21 a.m. CST

    for one

    by JoseJones

    the liberal agenda would include Hate Crime legislation which you are obviously against, so why would you want to debate me?

  • March 27, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST

    there is no debate

    by JoseJones

    in a state that is radically democratic in nature the liberal legislation passed over the years has lead to a $42 million budget deficit. Where is the debate?

  • March 27, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST


    by JoseJones

    If before a man kills his wife he calls her a "whore and a bitch"... why would this not be a hate crime? how is this different than calling someone a "fag" then killing them? If homosexuals want to be treated the same under the law, why hate crime legislation?

  • March 27, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST


    by JoseJones

    $42 Billion, not million. my bad.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Regarding the gay material...

    by jsm1978

    I have a hard time seeing it going well with anyone. No straight men I know (regardless of tolerance level) like the idea of paying money to see two men having sex. I have a hard time imagining homosexuals enjoying seeing it played for laughs. "Ooh, look how shocking and OUTRAGEOUS I am, I have guys having SEX in my movie!!!11!!"

  • March 27, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    That should have been...

    by jsm1978

    ...regardless of "tolerance" level...

  • March 27, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    And today's agenda is

    by mulberry

    1) Minutes from last meeting <p> 2) Gay Agenda <p> 3) Black Agenda <p> 4) Liberal Elite Agenda <p> 5) Right Wing Agenda <p> 6) I'm normal, anyone who isn't like me is a freak Agenda <p> 7) I have the right not to be confronted with opinions which contradict mine and therefore instill either doubt or anger in me. It took me this long to get fixed in my current opinions, please don't complicate things again Agenda. <p> 8)What's an Agenda anyway? Sounds creepy. They're up to something Agenda. Look at their ugly leering faces Agenda. If I call it an Agenda, it makes it sound like a conspiracy, not a viewpoint Agenda. Agenda Agenda Agenda. <p> 9) Any other business? <p> 9) Break for Lunch

  • March 27, 2009, 2:23 a.m. CST

    So if I don't want to watch gay sex...

    by Grievey

    I'm homophobic? Give me a break. <BR><BR> Not wanting to watch two guys fuck each others' asses makes me totally normal. Hell, not wanting to watch some goofball Frankenstein shove his cock into an asian girl is normal, too. <BR><BR> Give me a break. The only people more homophobic than homophobes, are people who look for every opportunity to criticize average straight males for being uncomfortable with gay porn.

  • March 27, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    anal sex with men rulz!

    by hammerfight

    break me off a piece of that Kit-Kat bar!

  • March 27, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST

    grats Merrik

    by happyboy

    You posted an early review of Borat? That's awesome man! Anyways, why do American reviews of Borat carefully tread to omit any mention of Cohen's plagiarization of the entire Borat persona from the guy. As for Bruno, you know you're looking at a Review with Class when the writer reflexively equates middle america with anti-semitism and racism... you know because of the whole "slavery" thing in the American MIDWEST which consisted of a vast agrarian industrial complex growing cotton in the fields of Nebraska and that whole North v Midwest Civil War we had. Don't even get me started on the concentration camps that the midwesterners ran for Jews in WWII. Midwesterners are racist, good thing we have NYers and Jews to tell us this cuz they are elite and perfect and Midwesterners are white, christian and trash.

  • March 27, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    I don't go to the cinema to watch gay sex

    by mulberry

    That's what the internet is for. <p> Although if you did go to the cinema for that, you'd probably want to go and see a film which had more it for more than 1-2% of overall running time, and other stuff for the rest of it. <p> I'm only going to pay good money to see wholesome, manly things on a big screen. <p> Like people being murdered, reckless driving, sexual swearing and things being destroyed in explosions.

  • March 27, 2009, 6 a.m. CST


    by Sal_Bando


  • March 27, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    same old shit from the usual unreconstructed wankers. <P>Can one of you fuckheads please tell me precisely why you care what 2 consenting adults get up to in the sack?

  • March 27, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    What has watching gay porn got to do with Bruno?

  • March 27, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Lost Jarv

    by mulberry

    As you well know, if God had meant us to enjoy sex, he wouldn't have made it so disgusting and shameful. <p> Bad enough that men have been cursed with a devil's helmet (which we have to pound and pound until it lets our minds go from its evil grip), but if we admit that men also have a devil's donut like women do, or that the devil's helmet is essentially benign,then we are all lost. <p>So total abstinence, demonification of genital contact and denial of any evidence contrary to this viewpoint, is society's best option. <p> Duh

  • March 27, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Cute / 7,5

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    Cute Americans with their quaint morals and desire to be normal. Amusing. What irks me though are people who write shit like "the movie's a 7,5 - so it's not as good as Borat, which was almost an 8". WHAT'S THE FUCKING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 7,5 AND 7,8 ON A FUCKING HOW MUCH DID I LIKE IT SCALE?!?! Just write that you liked Borat a little better you pretentious idiot! That's it, thanks for reading. You can recommence your discussion about who's more normal now...

  • March 27, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by mutombo

    hahaha. "That's dumb" "why?" "I don't know, it's just dumb". You can see it in his eyes. Or actually, you can NOT see it in his eyes, because he's a dumb motherfucker.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Yes...It may be professor....

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...but I sign all my checks Dr. thank you very much....

  • March 27, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Wow, I stirred up a hornets nest, didn't I?

    by BLEST

    Oh wait, that sounds redneckish of me.<p>My point is that a movie like this, where they have "tons of gay anal sex and blowjobs" that according to the reviewer are probably to shock middle america and "force them" to deal with it are part of the gay agenda.<p>A film like Brokeback Mountain, for example is far better. That's a love story/drama (one I wouldn't watch, but it's all good if somebody does), whereas this is an attempt to "punk" people into watching gay sex. I wouldn't have known that this was in Bruno, had I not read the review. That type of agressive guerilla marketing stuff is what bugs me about the gay agenda. "We're here, we're queer, let's have a frickin' parade to rub our gayness in everybody's faces!" Gimme a break.<p>And LOL at all the "youre a racist redneck" comments.<p>I'm from the liberal San Francisco bay area suckers. I just didn't drink the public school system/liberal media Kool-aid.<p>And the black/mexican kids I grew up with in San Jose have no tolerance for gays, and would give you a bigger piece of their mind on the subject than I.<p>Also, for whoever mentioned other speices engaging in homosexuality, monkees eat their own feces and spiders kill their mates. Are we as a society supposed to justify behaviors because they are exhibited by the animal kingdom now? <p>FAIL.

  • March 27, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by Don_Logan

    some angry lil' mofos in here. i have to say, it's always quite funny when these things get into political discussions, because it REALLY seems that any type of intolerance is unacceptable to the talkbacking masses, EXCEPT FOR COMPLETE INTOLERANCE OF ANY TYPE OF CONSERVATIVE VIEW. i'm fuckin' moderate, and could really give a shit what people do on their own time, but you people "fighting the good fight" for everyone's rights are forgetting that tolerance, as a complete idea, has to be spread over every aspect of society, including the rights of others to formulate their OWN opinions. angry little left-wingers.

  • March 27, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    What I dont understand...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...Is it because people are just super busy and cant be bothered...that no one can give a fuck about anyone elses feelings... Obviously there are people who are gay and they are going to have hard is it for a heterosexual to just avoid watching it and still being polite to people who are gay....I do it all the time and it really doesn't take much effort...The reality is people like whinynegative probably do fuck all with their time and seek out gay sex just so that they can fill their day by posting fake rage about it on boards like these...Try doing something with your life and then this shit wont bother you so much...And if it still does bother you...just do like the rest of america and burry it deep down into your sub conscious where it can fester and eventually turn into some form of cancer...

  • March 27, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by stupidmop

    since when did "im not a homophob because i have black and mexican friends" become a valid argument? You are a homophobe just face it and move on with your ignorant ass

  • March 27, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Those who call others homophobes...

    by Grievey

    ...are the biggest homophobes of all.<BR><BR> For they are so deep in their homophobia, that they feel the need to point the finger at everyone else in order for them to seem accepting and open-minded.<BR><BR> Almost like the partner who cheats constantly, yet is jealous over his girlfriend.

  • March 27, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Totally Stupidmop

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...Its like when someone says im not a racist... and then follows that up with a string of the most vile racist shit you've ever heard...Its like a mathematical law that as soon as you claim to not be something you end up immediately reinforcing that you are the thing you claimed not to be...

  • March 27, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Religious people are stupid

    by Ricky_Gervais

    That's all.

  • March 27, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by mulberry

    "Are we as a society supposed to justify behaviors because they are exhibited by the animal kingdom now?" <p> Nope, because that would mean, for one, that vegetarians would not have a leg to stand on. <p> And animals don't generally wear clothes or use computers. <p> However, the "unnatural" argument is used all the time and can be confused by people using a "I find the idea physically unpleasant" argument, which is not the same thing at all. <p>Comedian Stewart Lee does a routine about the monogamy morality lessons some people drew from March of the Penguins. He counters with morality lessons from the Mallard Duck, which (he alleges) has been caught on film indulging in necrophile homosexual sodomy. <p>If we all agree to bin that particular line of enquiry (like the "my religious book states.." one), it means we come down to more genuine and humanitarian discussions about society and the individual.

  • March 27, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    You guys are fucking idiots

    by Novaman5000

    "They can't force us to watch gay sex!" Please. If you think you're going to see anything close to graphic or pornographic gay sex in this movie, you need to be punched in the face. It's not fucking porn, fools. You may see a little dick (as in Borat), but it won't be boned up or anything. Deal with it... You realize it's in the film to make idiots like you uncomfortable, don't you?<p> Besides, anyone who's seen the clips of Bruno from TV know that it's very much about how gay he is... <p>To go to the film and be surprised that the film has alot of gay humor, or to be annoyed that it is pushing a "Gay agenda" (moronic concept, anyway) means you haven't been paying attention. <p>If you don't like it, go see it, but if the show is any indication, it's going to be fucking hilarious.

  • March 27, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    *If you don't like it, DON'T go see it.

    by Novaman5000

    That's better.

  • March 27, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by Don_Logan

    Religious people are not stupid. SOME dogmatize religion to an extent (some to a GREAT extent [see: Freddy "somebody kill me soon" Phelps]), but having beliefs is allowed here in the good ol' usa, which is why the people that are being called homophobes, while SOME may indeed be, still are entitled to their opinion. is it ok to not consider the practice "your cup o' tea"? yes. is it cool to call others out for not believing what you believe? actually, yeah, BUT, it's just plain foolish and arrogant to assume that your belief system is the end-all, be-all, and that everyone else, definitively, is the only way, and that everyone else is, well, everthing that you children have been calling one another, as opposed to having an intelligent debate. kudos.

  • March 27, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais

    by dacanesta

    Just regarding a comment earlier, i think its a bit unfair to say hes a 1 trick pony, though i get why you said it, but......if you really analyse a lot of entertainers, they are essentially '1 trick ponies'. But at least he had his ideas, created his characters, and then went an executed them well. After this hes exhausted his main characters so im sure he will do something else. As for my earlier comment about 1 trick ponies, well what wrong with concentrating on what youre good at? Its worked for Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell etc (i know theyve both OCCASIONALLY drifted, but still).....and most comedians have a style. Imagine Bill Hicks suddenly becoming Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura, or Sam Kinison suddenly becoming all Dane Cook. Its their style, no? Plus hes dabbled in normal acting (Taladega nights), voice acting (madagascar), what more do you want from him!?? While im here, did anyone think the kid who played Thao in Gran Torino ruined the entire thing because the movie hinged on his relationship with Clint Eastwood but he was always 'a kid acting' rather than the character himself?

  • March 27, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    gays are targeting heteros - lock your doors!

    by scenic

    The idea that gay hate crime penalties somehow make heterosexuals less important is pretzeled thinking. If the argument is that gays are getting an advantage in the courts - that's of little consolation to the person who was targeted for being gay in the first place. How many gays are going around targeting heterosexuals - beating them to death or throwing things at them from fast moving cars? This argument only works if there is an even amount of hate crimes being perpetrated against both factions and gays get the court's advantage - which is clearly not the case. It's funny how much Sasha's movie is already fast at work with dividing and polarizing people concerning their views on this topic. School is back in session kids.

  • March 27, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    So uh, yeah...

    by BLEST

    How 'bout some Terminator Salvation news: a script review, or a secret hotel room screening (like Harry got for AOTC), or something?<p>Maybe some Transformers info or Avatar stuff?<p>The only summer movie/event film stuff I see here is for Star Trek Returns, and that's shaping up to be gayer than this TB!

  • March 27, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by stupidmop

    Can't defend your ignorant comments anymore so lets change the subject while affirming the fact that your a bigot, lets all talk about the hobbit movie, im sure you can find some gay undertones between frodo and sam in the lotr....soon they are gonna be teaching this crying midget on crying midget love in our schools!!!

  • March 27, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    oh and greivy..

    by stupidmop

    me calling someone a homophobe does not make me a homobphobe I don't want to seem like I'm so "open minded" I am open minded and dont give a flying fuck who other people are.

  • March 28, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST

    The Gay Agenda:

    by eXcommunicated

    To have the right to be miserable, just like heterosexual married couples.

  • March 28, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I'm cool with gay people

    by mutombo

    Shit. I live in Amsterdam.

  • March 29, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Id like to point out

    by snomusic

    once again that the person that doesn't care for the homosexual content ect has stated his views calmly, rationally and without insult and yet those with opposing views respond with acidic, venomous posts with name-calling and hatred.

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