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Georgette Clooney & Stevie Wonderbar have seen BRUNO - and we haven't! Sniffle.

Hey folks, Harry here... I really like Georgette's review here - in addition to talking about the humor - they spend time talking about... (ominous music) ...the MESSAGE! And it sounds like something that I can agree on. I'm officially looking forward to this one now. Here ya go...

Hi Harry, I feel like you always have guys reviewing your movies. I think you need a girl’s point of view! So here it is. Tonight I saw Bruno (with two dots over the u) at the Arclight Sherman Oaks! I have to say, I wasn’t in the best mood today, and even though I was psyched that my friend asked me to come with her, it was one of those LA days where you just feel like going home and watching the ER finale (even though I haven’t watched that show for years). But I decided a couple laughs wouldn’t hurt and dragged myself to Sherman Oaks (which isn’t far since I live in Glendale). The movie is f-ing hilarious. My friend and I were doubled over with laughter – and I really haven’t laughed that hard in a theater in a LONG ASS TIME. And now, I find myself really thinking about the message of the film. Basic plot: Bruno gets fired from his job in the fashion world and comes to America to be famous. He tries to get a job as an actor, he tries to make his own TV show and then even adopts a black baby to get attention. But nothing works and he realizes he can’t be gay if he wants to be famous. If you want to read more about the scenes, I know a lot of stuff has already been posted online, but I think you are better off having some surprises. The movie is non-stop laughs, and there are at least 10 HUGE laughs in the movie, like you can’t catch your breath laughs. Like the Borat naked wrestling scene funny. Speaking of Borat, I think this movie is way better than Borat. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Borat but I think this goes beyond. It’s shocking at times (what parents will do in this town to get their kids famous!!) – and it also makes you realize that people aren’t as accepting in other parts of the country like they are here in LA. Which leads to my next point: the message. I think this is a really important movie for people to see. My father is old school and moved to this country when he was a kid. My grandparents raised him in a super strict and religious environment. I tell you this only because it may explain his homophobia. And I think he needs to see this movie. It plays on people’s fears of gay sex (there is a pretty outrageous sex scene in the film – but it’s hilarious and obviously unreal), and then shows what people must go through who aren’t strong enough to be who they are. For instance, Bruno goes to a gay converter to become straight. The scene is really funny, but it’s also so sad that a person like that exists in the world. Hopefully people will watch this movie and realize that we shouldn’t try to change people’s sexual preference. Or realize that gay marriage is just about equal rights for everyone. The great thing about Sacha Baron Cohen is that he tells you this message while making you laugh. One of the big scenes (a cage fight) takes place in the south (I think they said Arkansas), and it’s so funny and sad at the same time. OK – with that said – I do have one word of caution: there does seem to be a lot of dick in the movie. There’s one scene in particular (MINOR SPOILER) where the dick speaks. I’m not kidding! It’s hysterical. I almost peed in my pants. So, hopefully you can deal with dick – because it’s worth it! I hope they don’t change the movie too much (especially because I heard the MPAA rated it NC-17 but no one will release it as NC-17). It’s too good a movie and I’m really happy I got to see it now. And I will drag my father when it comes out. I think he will also laugh his ass off, and hopefully see things in a different light (even if just for a few minutes!!). Anyone know what happened on ER? Jk. Call me Georgette Clooney! ps I just watched the trailer (I guess it released today). It's really funny! And it doesn't even show most of the funny stuff in the movie (although I noticed there are a couple things in there that aren't in the movie)!

And now here's Stevie with his look...

Hi there, Just got out of Bruno and wanted to share my thoughts. Not that I think this movie needs any more press; I've read about the NC-17 rating, watched the trailer, and now seen the movie all in a span of 24 hours... and according to imdb, the movie doesn't come out for another 3 months! But I'm not going to pass up the opportunity to get my voice heard before all the conservatives/liberals/gays/homophobics start screaming about what this movie means. Let's start with the good: The movie is hilarious. The theater (Arclight Sherman Oaks) was pretty much laughing non-stop. Since everyone is gonna make the comparison, I thought it was funnier than Borat by a safe margin. I laughed my ass off for a solid 90 minutes. The stuff in the trailer barely scratches the surface. There's a bit with a psychic where he does some of the most ridiculous, hilarious, raunchiest pantomime I have ever seen in my life. There's also a scene where he tests the movie in front of a focus group that had me on the verge of lizzing (that's a 30 Rock reference for you fools who don't watch it). I am honest enough to admit that I'm not comfortable with gay sex. No problem with the people - it's just the act itself grosses me out. But this movie manages to be both shocking and explicit and gay without ever becoming unwatchable. And (get ready for the afterschool special music) watching the way rednecks react to Bruno made me feel a little guilty about some of the things I've said/joked about, since I definitely do not want to be associated with the drunk angry idiots screaming "faggot" at the end of the movie. The bad: I'm not sure the character is quite as indelible as Borat. Which might be a good thing, depending on how you feel about all the "Very nice!" Borat imitators a few years ago. And his sidekick in this movie (named Ludz) is not as funny as the fat guy in Borat. Other than that I don't really have any complaints. Like I said, the movie is incredibly funny. Assuming you are not a humorless blowhard, you are going to laugh your ass off. Speaking of humorless blowhards, I really hope the MPAA doesn't fuck everything up by making them cut all the explicit stuff. While it's definitely shocking and extreme, that's what I want when I go to see a Sacha Baron Cohen film. We don't need you to baby us MPAA, so back the fuck off! Yeah, it's over the top. In fact it's more than over the top - it's over the top of over the top. It's also the funniest movie I've seen in a really long time, and I cannot wait to watch it again. Call me Stevie Wonderbar.
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  • April 3, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Not First!

    by Orionsangels

  • April 3, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    I think this film...

    by Orionsangels

    Will be an interesting character study of Americans. What do you think?

  • April 3, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Not sexy time?

    by deanbarry

    i don't know about this flick. I have reservations. Borat and his mankini scarred me. Badly.

  • April 3, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    About the NC 17...

    by DerLanghaarige

    Something tells me that IF the movie stays NC 17 (doesn't matter if the possible R rated version is re-cut or just re-rated), more theaters might play that movie than usually. This isn't some foreign arthouse movie for a limited audience, it's a potential blockbuster and the follow up to a worldwide phenomenon. It will make lots of money and not every theatre owner wants to lose that money, just because they are scared to show an NC 17 movie.

  • April 3, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Bruno has a message?

    by Heckles

    It's one big gay dick and fart joke. Has as much depth as a Three Stooges short.

  • April 3, 2009, 3:40 a.m. CST

    DARK HORIZONS has the trailer

    by BenBraddock

    Did I miss it here, Harry?

  • April 3, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    BenBraddock - Yes


    you missed it - was up on the site HOURS ago

  • April 3, 2009, 3:44 a.m. CST

    This movie is important

    by OptimusCrime

    It really has an important message. Sacha Baron Cohen minces around Texas and people are made uncomfortable by his inappropriately explicit homosexuality. Its a real work of provocative genius.<P>Apart from the idiots pretending this is a significant piece of art, I'm expecting it to be hilarious. I'll be there.

  • April 3, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Bruno will explode...

    by VFXpert

    the box office!! What did you think I meant??

  • April 3, 2009, 3:49 a.m. CST

    My apologies!

    by BenBraddock

  • April 3, 2009, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Georgette Clooney...

    by Grievey

    "The movie is f-ing hilaaaarious! ohhh em geeeee! long-ass time, fer reeeeal! ciaoooo!!"

  • April 3, 2009, 3:57 a.m. CST


    by Jesiah the way how come I can post from my phone but when I log into my pc I can't.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST

    I purposely didn't count harry

    by Jesiah

    Not to maliciously exclude him, mind you. I'm just counting regular tbers. N e wayz, SBC seems to have a lot going for him; career that's on a roll + a hot chick (unless he's not with Isla Fisher anymore). Hope he doesn't play himself out a la Will Ferrell.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:42 a.m. CST

    he is still with fisher

    by bacci40

    seriously man...she converted for him<p> what jewish guy wouldnt want that?

  • April 3, 2009, 4:44 a.m. CST

    btw, was this one of those screenings

    by bacci40

    where you have to sign a form stating you will not divulge what you have seen on the internet and elsewhere?<p> if so...let me just say this<p> WOLVERINE SUX ASS BIG TIME...FOX CAN SUCK MY LEFT NUT SACK...TOM ROTHMAN NEEDS TO BE ANALLY RAPED BY BRUNO

  • April 3, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST

    "two dots over the u"

    by TheGoddamnSiege

    It's called an umlaut, you stupid whore.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:57 a.m. CST

    What's With All The Anti-Women Shit on this TB?

    by thefrood

    "Stupid Whore?" Christ is that appropriate really? And Grievey your shit is just juvenile. It's no wonder we're all accused of being Spotty Geek Virgins on this site. Whenever a woman does put her head above the AICN parapet she has abuse hurled at her.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    You can't be famous if your gay?

    by Ironmuskrat

    Has Hollywood been informed? <p> Should be a funny movie but I hope the "message" is not that Bruno's over the top, sexually explicit behavior is suppose to be a acceptable norm for the general public.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    BACCI40 : Wolverine?

    by V'Shael

    I can't stand Fox myself, but I didn't think the movie was bad at all. <p> I know they want an embargo on the reviews at this site, but I saw it yesterday at a friends house and I think it was at least as good as Spiderman or X-Men.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Whose the stupid whore?

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

  • April 3, 2009, 6:29 a.m. CST


    by BrainFart

    sabertooth and wolverine shook hands and sabertooth said he would always be there for him......... isnt that like batman and the joker making out.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Not true Brainfart.

    by V'Shael

    Don't know where you got that info from.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Please no "Tits Out For Attention Girl" tomorrow!

    by NeilF

  • April 3, 2009, 7:03 a.m. CST


    by TheExterminator

    shut your bitch ass up you white knight. can't wait for this movie though bruno always exposed how stupid and up their own arse the ppl in the fashion industry are

  • April 3, 2009, 7:19 a.m. CST

    The Exterminator

    by thefrood

    You're a really eloquent fucker aren't you? Touche son. Well done.

  • April 3, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST

    still on the fence

    by stvnhthr

    As long as it is not preachy and doesn't try to paint all those who disagree with the morallity of homosexuality with the same intolerant brush I'll give it a chance.

  • April 3, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Postive reviews = PLANTS

    by Dr Gregory House

    Planty McPlant Pants Plant! Hope you got paid well, plants. Ok, so...can I be part of the clique?

  • April 3, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Bravo, SBC!


    And once again, Cohen skewers the U.S. with it's own bigotry with laughter. Well, done, SBC!

  • April 3, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Not a big fan

    by richier123

    I will see it, and laugh my ass off, but who gives a shit about the "message". If you're gay, then you're gay. Don't rub it in my face. Also, it's un-natural. Where is the part where this is America, and you can think whatever you want to think?

  • April 3, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    DISGUSTING! This film ain't out yet and you publish a review!?!

    by silentbobafett2

    Do you not care about films? This is fucking terrible - WE DON'T WANT YOUR ILLEGAL REVIEWS!

  • April 3, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Homophobia isn't real

    by hatespeech

    get over yourselves.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    How is gay sex any more 'disgusting' than hetero?

    by performingmonkey

    When it boils down to it a penis is being pushed inside someone. This is the same whether hetero or homo. If it's an ass thing, tell that to the millions of heterosexual couples who practice anal sex (including myself, well with my EX-girlfriend at least...). I can maybe understand people being offended at the 'flamboyant' lifestyle, but there's absolutely no need for the level of hatred. This hatred comes from nowhere, it's just what people are TOLD they should feel about homosexuality. It's just part of real life.

  • April 3, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Sasha Baron Cohen sucks

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    Seriously. This planet is going down the toilet when persons like Sasha Baron Cohen are popular. I wish someone would beat the living shit out of that mofo so that he never makes a movie again. He gives a new meaning to the word smut.

  • April 3, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    It's over

    by Jodet

    We have no culture left. We're done.

  • April 3, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    red band trailer

    by awepittance

  • April 3, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    "you missed it - was up on the site HOURS ago"

    by awepittance

    where? who designs this page when screening reports from Alien Tresspass stay up longer and more visible than a red-band trailer for Bruno?

  • April 3, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Was this film shown at a press screening?

    by Tommy999

    If not I dont think the website should be publishing these reviews, because if it was a test screening I'm pretty sure those folks signed a NDA and are breaking the law.. cant have people doing that with reviews

  • April 3, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    don't people break NDAs all the time?

    by awepittance

    hence all the fake name shielding when publishing these reviews? fuck NDAs, if you have the balls to break one go for it, if not stop complaining.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Sacha Baron Cohen ...

    by IAmLegolas

    is working on a level that most will never see. Comedy genius.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    If someone related to the movie is reading this...

    by Koji_Kabuto

    ... why not release the movie in both R and NC-17?. A few selected theatres in NC-17 will be awesome for people who do not want to wait for the DVD. It might be a good experiment worth doing. Look at how much people went to see the Dark Knight in IMAX for example just too see what they couldn't see regularly in a normal theatre.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Something you can agree with Harry?

    by Nobody_Touches_Buddy_Revell

    Why are you gay?

  • April 3, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    The world is changing

    by pleasebanme

    An AICN talkback, the hub for maybe the most cynical hateful attacks I've ever seen in my life, has not had a single homophobic or anti-gay comment yet. Well done.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by TheGoddamnSiege

    Yes, "stupid whore" was absolutely appropriate!

  • April 3, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by thefrood

    How exactly is calling someone who doesn't know the proper term for a Germanic Punctuation mark a Stupid Whore appropriate. Do all the women in your family know what an Umlaut is? If not are they stupid whores? Go ask your mother. Is she a stupid whore. You however are a fucking misogynist ass-wipe who I would imagine has a deep rooted fear of women.

  • April 3, 2009, 3 p.m. CST


    by richier123

    That's becuase its not homophobic if we laugh at them! Don't you see? It's like that comment in Borat where the cowboy dude mentions killing the gays or whatever. Most of us make those comments (except CA) in private, but since that movie was in public, you have to be PC and gasp.

  • April 3, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by BrainFart

    yes its true. check it out for yourself

  • April 3, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    So if NDAs being broken all the time means

    by Tommy999

    That it's ok then I guess by those standards to download pirated workprints and review those too but wait Beaks said that's not ok so hmm

  • April 3, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    sets the scene to create a desired effect

    by Faust_8

    OK, say you shell out your hard earned bucks to go see cage fighting. Wouldn't you be angry if two guys start making out in the ring instead. I paid to see some fights, not gay love. Imagine what would happen if sunday afternoon you turned on the footbal game to find players humping in the endzone, would you be outraged also ?

  • April 3, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    First of all...TheGoddamnSiege

    by DoctorWho?

    Fuck off douche. Pretentious Grad student asshole calls the chick a whore because she didn't have her German phonological shit together.<p> Prick.

  • April 3, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by DoctorWho?

    Can't. Wait. To see this.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Harry has a foofoo martini and cheats with Hulk Hogan

    by Nobody_Touches_Buddy_Revell

  • April 3, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Can't be famous if you're gay?

    by drewlicious

    Tell that to Lance Bass, Rupert Everett (even though he bitches about the roles he doesn't get), Ellen Degeneres and wife, Clay Aiken, and that guy on Kyle Xy. Keep in mind most of this list wasn't closeted before they became famous and the ones that were....well, everyone was pretty sure. Apparently you can be even more famous if your personality is exactly like the negative gay stereotype: flamboyant the fashion of a nine year old girl, loud, obsessed with sex, and hateful towards women. Case in point that fat greased up ball of hate, Perez Hilton.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Sal_Bando


  • April 3, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Famous Gay Dudes

    by Timahh

    Is one of the Kevins gay? By which i mean spacey or kline.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Wolverine sucks the big fat one.

    by FookU

    I hope Fox loses their ass on it.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Kevin Kline is married to Phoebe Cates so..

    by FookU

    that's completely not gay. I still think she's fucking hot.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by V'Shael

    As I said, I saw the print. You're wrong.

  • April 3, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    "Do all the women in your family know what an Umlaut is?"

    by TheGoddamnSiege

    Probably not. And yes, they would be stupid whores. Just like the women in your family.

  • April 4, 2009, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Thegoddamnsiege: an apology

    by thefrood

    I'm sorry. You see I automatically assume that when I engage with a contributor to these talkbacks that they are beyond kindegarten age. Let's come back and continue this conversation when your balls have dropped and you've had your first girlfriend.

  • April 4, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST

    The GoddamnSiege

    by Wile-E

    What an idiot. I bet he doesn't know the names of all the different letters or enhancements of letters in other languages either. Also, he is not even quite correct. While the ü in "Brüno" is technically an Umlaut by appearence, it is nevertheless wrong to spell it this way because the pronounciation would be completely wrong. Thus, the spelling of the name Bruno with an ü is simply a publicity stint. It might be an Umlaut in appearance but it is not pronounced as such, not even in the trailers or by Bruno himself. So you may even argue that there is no Umlaut at all and that the discription "two dots over the u" is more correct.

  • April 4, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST


    by thefrood

    ... That is Genius.

  • April 4, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by TheGoddamnSiege

    ...for internet white knights!

  • April 4, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    What the fuck does that mean

    by thefrood

    "White Knights?" You fucking child? Isn't it past your bed time?

  • April 4, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by Eats_sandwich_gets_laid.

    Especially if they belong to fat dudes. HAHA. It's a dick. HAHA. We get it, Cohen. <br> <br> How long before the common audience gets sick of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"-like exposure? <br><br> Not soon enough. Maybe I'm alone in thinking that a penis isn't funny, even if it talks. Just seems a little low-brow to me, no matter the "message".

  • April 4, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Georgette Clooney..

    by The Dark Shite

    "hopefully you can deal with dick – because it’s worth it!"<p> Can't see the attraction myself, but I'll take your word for it. <p> Joking aside, I never really got his Bruno character, but I'll probably still see it, just to scare myself. The comedy in his stuff isn't so much the characters, as the batshit crazy people who offer themselves up like lambs to the slaughter. <p> It's funny until you realise that they actually exist & can legally drive & vote & even breed.