Review

Harry laughed pretty much throughout BRUNO at a near hyperventilating pace...

Published at: July 8, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST

BRUNO isn't an easy film to review. There really isn't a plot. I mean, there is, but its essentially about BRUNO wanting to become a celebrity and the various harebrained notions that he embarks upon to become an internationally renowned celebrity. He then goes off to unleash this menace upon the unawares of the world. That I couldn't stop laughing throughout - pretty much labels me as a sucker for this sort of comedy, but as film. I kinda hate it. The notion of pseudo-reality filmmaking satires is kind of the death knell to the cinema I love... but it works, so I can't actively hate on it. I enjoyed it too much for that. In the original years of the Alamo Drafthouse, before Tim League really had minions to prep-pre-shows, it was essentially a moving Rorschach of Tim League's mind - and the things that make Tim League laugh are pretty much the same things you'll find in this film. I'll never forget spending a half hour before enumerable movies watching Uncle Fucker - intoxicated to a point of sub-catatonia having his leg repeatedly set on fire as he cussed, slapped at it and then repeated. It never ever got old. Now, BRUNO is slightly more sophisticated than that. I mean, the level of tension that arises when BRUNO decides he will become famous with a celebrity sex video - and schedules an interview at a hotel with Ron Paul. And when the lights go out, they go into the "green room" which is a bed room. The tension was extreme. Because BRUNO was in a bedroom with Ron Paul. That was real. Somehow. Doctor Ron Paul was in a camera laden bedroom with BRUNO. Everyone in the theater was in nervous giggle hysterics. It was hysterical. The knowledge of what was going to happen was so extremely delicious... literally, that is the sort of humor that Cohen is a genius at. Like Paula Abdul sitting upon a Mexican and getting water from the back of another Mexican. These are things that we must all witness. Because Paula Abdul did it. And she wasn't in on the joke. She showed up for an interview with no furniture - and when presented with Mexicans to sit upon and sit drinks upon... she went with it. She used Mexican Human Beings as furniture and was completely ok with it. And that was amazing. Just amazing. Paula. What were you thinking? Did you ever think... "This isn't right, I'll stand"? I mean. Was this not the first time this scenario was presented to you? Are you accustomed to using human beings as furniture? Really? The rampant homophobia in the film exhibited by just about everyone is something that I went in expecting. And I just was sadly amused by. It is funny because the fucking idiot redneck dumbfucks in the film are to be laughed at. But on the same hand, it is a shame that such backwards intolerant folks exist. Of course, they came expecting violent cage fighting, not cage loving. And their brains melt - and the film shows their brains melt - and you wonder what happened when their brains re-gelled. I'm thinking they went home and put on THE BIRDCAGE or CHICAGO. BRUNO is hilarious. It is paralytically funny - and I know I easily missed about 15-20 minutes due to uncontrolled laughter on my part. So you'll probably want to see this a few times. It is that funny.

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  • July 8, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    cool

    by inb4scriptgirl

    may have to check this out now

  • July 8, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST

    who the fuck is tim league?

    by Toe Jam

    and what does he have to do with "bruno"?

  • July 8, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Imagine sitting next to Harry in the theater as he laughs throug

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Just visualize it.

  • July 8, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    high five!

    by karatekid17

    been looking forward to this since BORAT.

  • July 8, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST

    SBC is our A.Kaufman, Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    all rolled into one. I didn't care much for his Ali G. movie but I thought his TV show where he introduced Borat and Bruno were great. BORAT was brilliant, and I'm so glad to hear that BRUNO had you busting a gut Harry. I can't wait to see it. SBC just seems to be getting better and better and more and more relevant. (Too bad his roles in other movies- TALADEGA NIGHTS, and SWEENEY TODD aren't all that, but that's more the material's fault than his.)

  • July 8, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    I will see the Hurt Locker instead

    by animas

  • July 8, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Let the Bruno hate/debate begin

    by SunkUboat

    The defenders will label the haters as homophobic. The haters will label the defenders as tasteless. In the end, you either like Sacha Baron Cohen or you don't -- this will pretty much be a rehash sequel to Borat. I will no doubt be laughing all the way through.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Cage Lovin...?

    by TheBLIGHT

    Ya, my brain would melt to the extent, that if I was watching UFC, and Brock or whomever began kissy kissing the other guy... I would take a few moments to go.... WTF? Hahaha... Men, women, whatever, can love whover they want... But, that would be funny!!!

  • July 8, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Does not take much to make Harry Hyperventilate...

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    ..That said, I do feel that this movie will be fun.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Two steps in any direction will do that too...

    by FuckMichaelBay

    ...the hyperventilation that is.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Not going to see Borat 2

    by covered_in_bees

    If this movie is really as funny as Harry says, then I might rent the DVD when it's released. Definitely not going to see a film that looks like it's just another play on Borat, which bored the shit out of me in the first place.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    I kind of feel a bit guilty watching SBC movies

    by seppukudkurosawa

    But then I remember reading an interview once where he said one of his favourite comedians was Peter Cook, which painted the guy in a whole new light. Peter Cook also took on pretty broad roles, showing up both the people he was parodying and the audience who were watching. I guess if one had the mind, you could probably trace a direct ancestry between Derek & Clive (Dudley Moore and Peter Cook- still on the extreme end of un-PC comedy) and Ali G, Borat etc.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    saw it last night

    by dalbatron

    images the dildo scene from Borat x10 for 90 mins... outrageous and hysterical

  • July 8, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    But is it foul mouthed, racist & misogynistic?

    by Heckles

    I wonder...

  • July 8, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Borat was agreeably funny but not greatly funny

    by Dapper Swindler

    Borat was almost 100% on rotten tomatoes not because it was the funniest movie of the year, but because it was agreeably a funny movie. I saw it. It was funny. I didn't think it had any grand commentary about anything. It was just a pretty funny movie. But despite universal positive reviews, it wasn't extremely funny, just agreeably so. Make sense? Got it?

  • July 8, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Visualised harry laughing hard for over 100 minutes

    by ChoclateWoman

    and I just puked.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Damn you M. Night Shyamalan!

    by --- Emperor ---

    Damn you to hell!

  • July 8, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    How is "pseudo-reality filmmaking satires"...

    by LoneGun

    ..."the death knell to the cinema" you love? Do you honestly believe this? Just curious.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    PAULA ABDUL ON WHAT HAPPENED IN BRUNO

    by ChoclateWoman

    http://tiny.cc/MrdoZ . Sounds like they edited out the part where she said she didn't want to sit on them mexicants. Still funny tho.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Sacha is just one big jackass

    by FeralAngel

    He's a more profane and less humane Alan Funt (the creator of the old TV show Candid Camera) and BIG FAT HAIRY DEAL. Can his fifteen minutes be over already? Damn he's gotten old.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Any physical activity makes Harry hyperventilate

    by raystevensonwarzone

    Seriously, he is one disgusting fat fuck!

  • July 8, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Why? What are you supposed to do with Mexicans?

    by CherryValance

    *is kerfuffled*

  • July 8, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Harry laughed a lot...

    by Animus

    ...and might've hyperventilated, but seriously, being fat does that to you.

  • July 8, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Nazi Jew

    by Lorquaine

    -- "They say there's a little of the Jew in everyone." -- "Jah, a little of the Nazi, too."

  • July 8, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/mouw9c

    by ironic_name

  • July 8, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    So, it was good wholesome family entertainment

    by lockesbrokenleg

    unlike a certain robot franchise that made over 300 mil in two days?

  • July 8, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I'll BE THERE THIS WEEKEND.

    by uberman

    This looks funny as hell. Just hope theres more to the funny than what has already been shown us in the commercials.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    ZOMBIEHEATHLEDGER - You unadulterated slut.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Sacha Baron Cohen, while talented, funny and all, cannot possibly be compared to Bill Hicks or Lenny Bruce, and you are a schmuck to think he can. The guy is all one trick pony so far - I hope he'll branch out and continue to be successful, and I'm really looking forward to Bruno. But give me a fucking break. Hicks had more talent in his little finger than Cohen has in his whole body. That's not taking anything away from Cohen mind you - Hicks was a comedy genius. Cohen's just not in the same league.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I. Want. Your. Harry. Potter. Review. Please.

    by Turd Furgeson

    This thing is getting 90% on RT, I wanna know what AICN thinks! Is there an embargo Harry or have you not seen it yet?

  • July 8, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Hint you Smegma smelling whore

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    You pick your comedy heroes and I'll pick mine. And even if I agreed with you, which I don't, I would certainly still go as far as saying that if SBC isn't yet on a par with said comedy greats, he's the closest thing we've got. Biiittttchhhh pleeasssseeeee!

  • July 8, 2009, 11:28 p.m. CST

    OH, AND FOR THOSE MAKING FUN OF HARRY...

    by uberman

    because he has a weight issue, calling him stuff like 'Fat Fuck' and the like: I have yet to hear him attack one of you. He can't, of course, cause your anonymous behind your keyboard. I guess that makes you a major leauge pussy for going after someone who doesnt fight back. Your the same people who humilate service workers because you know they cannot fight back. Pussies. If any of you were Harry, you would BAN your asses off the site, but he lets anyone say practically anything, where other sites dont put up with that crap. So, unless you wanna open yourself up-i.e. some personal info, your photo, height, weight, age, party, ect. fuck off. Attack someone who can (or in Harrys case) will fight back.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Bill Hicks Was The Man

    by EveryonesReimagining_or_ER

    Lenny Bruce? Never heard of 'em. Kaufman, I can see Bruno as like him regarding funny ass alter ego Tony Clifton. OH WOW: Jim Carrey has the same B-day as Andy Kaufman. Don't cha love to Wiki things?

  • July 8, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Amen Uberman

    by Turd Furgeson

    I disagree with Harry often, but never personally attack. But that's the world we live in dude, crush the guy from the safety of your keyboard, or driving your car, but the second someone stands up in real life, they're the first to say "Oh no it's all good bro."

  • July 8, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    uberman

    by EveryonesReimagining_or_ER

    Isn't that what the internet is for? Let the baby have it's bottle.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST

    NEVER HEARD OF LENNY BRUCE?????

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Homey, you need some edjimication. Without Lenny Bruce there would never have been a Bill Hicks. Word.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    LOL

    by EveryonesReimagining_or_ER

    You love typing black as much as I love typing white. Another good thing about the internet. I couldn't do that with the way I dress out in public.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Good on you Uberman..

    by Bootskin

    Well said.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    But on the same hand, it is a shame that such backwards intolera

    by ApneicMonkey

    ... they're mostly called American's and Cohen is brilliant on calling you all out on it.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I second Turd Furgeson

    by onezeroone

    Where is the Harry Potter review? Is it not geeky enough anymore? What happened? Twilight?

  • July 8, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    This is "the death knell to the cinema I love" Harry???

    by Orionsangels

    Not Facebook the movie? Viewmaster the movie? Asteroids the movie? How many of these, as you put it, "pseudo-reality films" are made a year? Not too many at all and this has you worried?, not TJ Hooker the movie? That's ok? Hollywood is dying before our eyes. Films like Borat and Bruno aren't the problem. I guess you're worried about reality movies taking over, much like reality TV is taking over TV? I'm worried about the constant piece of shit that keeps getting green lighted by movie executives.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Worst. Headline. Ever.

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    ....I would have imagined that Harry does pretty much anything remotely or peripherally physical at near hyperventilating pace. But then again, probably ten or so people have already pointed that out. Talk about just asking for it. Good job Harry; got any more punchline inducing headlines?

  • July 9, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    don't forget Baywatch the movie, Orionsangels

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

  • July 9, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    2/3 of the planet

    by frank cotton

    are backwards, intolerant fucks

  • July 9, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Bring it on. We need a good comedy

    by G100

    SBC can be very funny and he was in Borat. This is looking far better than the pretty thin Bruno character suggested at first.<p> <p>Thing is he's running out of characters now so he'll have to invent a totally new one for the next Movie I suspect.<p> <p>He skirts the edge of Politics in his Movies so maybe he will adopt an outragously bugnuts corrupt Politician as his next persona ? Or a hilariously extreme Political/News commentator (hard to fucking tell the joke from the real there though) Those could prove most amusing and ripe for satire.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST

    I feel bad for people...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ...who can't laugh at Sascha Baron Cohens style of comedy. I'm not going to tell you to go see Transformers, or anything like that. I am going to feel bad for you though. After Bruno, I think he will get to show a completely different side. And besides that, what he does is genius. He has played 3 different characters, and has had his way with an unsuspecting public everytime. That says a lot about a performer, and maybe even more so the people he surrounds himself with. He's not an idiotic, and neither is his comedic style. Eventually he will be playing different kinds of roles. I'll quote Johnny Depp: "He's our Peter Sellers." That's true. He'll continue to grow.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST

    If Sacha Baron Cohen is "our Peter Sellers"...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I want THEIR Peter Sellers back!

  • July 9, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST

    ZOMBIEHEATHLEDGER - you puustulating whore.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    I'm not saying you can't like Sacha Baron Cohen, I am after all known as Hint of Smegma the Magnanimous. You're welcome. However there is such a thing as subjective fact. Cohen has not YET shown the level of intelligence, the wit or the range that Hicks used to show in a single concert. Cohen is indeed funny, there is no doubt about it. For those of us lucky enough to be English however, the guy has been around longer than he has for those in the States, and he's been pulling the same trick over and over again for the last 12 years or so. So you'll forgive me for not really seeing much growth in the guy as a performer. Based on the reports that more and more of his work is scripted and not nearly as spontaneous as it would appear - due to the fact more people know who he is so less and less are able to be hoodwinked - his shelf life for the same ol' schtick seems to be about to expire. The guy's clever, so I hope he figures out a new angle to keep us laughing. But he's no Bill Hicks, dude, and he sure as heck is no Lenny Bruce. Hardly even on the same planet, let alone in the same league.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST

    What race is Paula Abdul anyway?

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    Be curious to see her explanation of these scenes. Actually, it will be quite hilarious. Can't wait to see this film regardless.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    There's a talking penis...

    by AxeEmAll

    I guess what makes Bruno better than Revenge of the Fallen is that it makes you laugh but the latter gives you sensory overload. How can Harry prefer one trash over the other?

  • July 9, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    And anyone comparing him to Peter Sellers..

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...can lick my salty left nut. Sellers may have been a jerk in real life by all accounts, but fuck me, that guy could act and was a comedy fucking genius. If Johnny Depp thinks Cohen is this generations Sellers, he needs to watch a Sellers movie. For the first time, I'll be bound, 'cos he sure as fuck hasn't seen one yet - the guy is talking out of his rectum.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Hard for me to feel sorry for Harry

    by MediaGold

    when he sends his wife to fetch him slurpees and energy drinks. The man obviously has a death wish. Maybe the folks bashing him for his weight are just using tough love to try to make him lose a few hundred pounds. He'd better do something quick. I predict a heart explosion before he turns 40.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Peter Sellers was totally different

    by CherryValance

    I don't see the comparison. SBC's doing that alter-ego thing. Did Sellers do that? I mean Tony Clifton, and all those characters Tracy Ullman does, The Diceman character that Andrew 'Dice' Clay stuck himself with. That's the kind of comedy Sacha's doing. Sellers just acted right? Heck even Garth Brooks had a funny alter-ego. But I didn't know Sellers had one if he did.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Nowhere near as good as Sellers.

    by The Dark Shite

    He was a Genius. A manic-depressive genius, who pissed a lot of people off, but still a genius.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:16 a.m. CST

    My prediction: His next movie will involve a fat suit

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Bet on it!

  • July 9, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    I just found out life exists beyond Austin

    by SnacksForAll

    The biggest giveaway was the fact that I have NO IDEA who the hell "Tim League" is. Geez, Harry, if you wanna write local, you're in the wrong place. In the meantime, you're alienating the REST of the nation with your Austin- and self-centric reviews.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST

    first!

    by JeffManSixtyFo

  • July 9, 2009, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Actually

    by imagin78

    Sasha Baron Cohen will play Sasha Baron Cohen in his next film...or will he. Just you watch.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:39 a.m. CST

    In more than a few of his movies

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Peter Sellers played multiple characters. Now granted, SBC plays different characters in different movies, but he completely disappears in those characters, much the same way Peter Sellers did in Dr. Strangelove. And really, all people know from him are Borat, Ali G and Bruno, at least in the states. In time, he will do other things. They're even talking about him playing Freddy Mercury.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Okay....

    by The Dum Guy

    But is the bit with Ben Affleck being asked about "gay Nazis" in there?<br><br>That was the first time I heard about this movie, albeit when Sara Silverman asked "Was his name Bruno?", after Affleck brought up the conversation.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    can he beat 'speaking in tongues'

    by antonphd

    I grew up in a church that spoke in tongues. The funniest part of the movie when that happens is that those people in the church are clueless that he's mocking them. They just accept anything as real. This is why Sarah Palin scared me. She is a true believer in this craziness. She can claim all she wants now that she never really believed but I grew up in an Assembly of God church with the whole Master's Commission bs and you don't go to that church unless you believe or your parents are forcing you. Nobody can sit thru a church service of people speaking in tongues and prophecy... if you are not familiar with prophecy in an Assembly of God church that is when some random person in the room starts saying stuff and everyone actually thinks it's God speaking to them thru this person. I am not joking. These people are that stupid. You don't go to a church like that for years unless you are a true believer. And just listening to Sarah talk... she's not just a true believer, her speaking is exactly like a preacher in an Assembly of God church. My parents love her to death. They think she's chosen by God. They think she's a minister gone politician. Like literally having Benny Hinn or Pat Robertson for President. I love that SBC showed the rest of the country what a bunch of idiotic lunatics these people are.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:55 a.m. CST

    At least he's not Russell Brand

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Sacha's shown he has the ability to improvise (albeit only under the guise of one of his three roles), but Brand... I just listened to that prank phone call to Manuel he made with Jonathon Ross. Guy's got the timing of a comedian, the energy of a comedian, but none of the jokes.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Oh that fucker Russell Brand

    by lockesbrokenleg

    he thinks he's fucking Jack Sparrow.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    How can he play the Holy Mercury...?

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Harold-Sherbolt. If Cohen ends up playing Mercury Praise Be His Name, I'm going to be very, very upset. If anyone's taking on that role, it needs to be an actor, not a walking Candid Camera act.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Harry on Borat: "Fuck this shit."

    by AlexandraDupontsBellyButton

    What happened?

  • July 9, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    antonphd: "Shandla La Ha, Les Biean Do doda...."

    by The Dum Guy

    I know what ya' are talking about... and I know what it is like to do alot of things ("in the world").<br><br>I work (as I've said before) at a theatre part time, and I also work with ALOT of people who are 'are in the "Chruch"(choose the sect)'<br><br>Doing cocaine is equal to doing cocaine (I don't look down on either ((I want a job in Hollywood (((maybe)) so what if) so sin = sin...<br><br>I dont have anywhere to go with this, other than to say... I hope Bruno is funny,<br>since we haven't had as many good comedies as last year (bar The Hangover).

  • July 9, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    LOL @ Harry

    by PorkChopXpress

    The death knell to the cinema you love...yeah, because it has been so incredibly difficult to escape the deluge of these so-called "pseudo-reality filmmaking satires" that the studios keep churning out. As opposed to big budget blockbuster sequels, which are so hard to come by. But make sure to plug the Alamo Drafthouse and Tim League for the ten thousandth time or so, to make sure everyone knows you're still "keepin' it real," dude. LOL

  • July 9, 2009, 2:10 a.m. CST

    If this movie is to Bruno skits what Borat was to Borat skits...

    by NoCalFlicks

    Borat SKITS were hilarous. Borat the movie was medicore. These charactatures(sp?) work much better in small does, and when they are NOT STAGED.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST

    .......maybe...... I should say.....

    by The Dum Guy

    That in the strict sense of the "Word"... doing cocaine is equal to being... gay.<br><br>I'm not saing "nay" (horse talk "Neigh") to whatever you want, but.....(butt)<br><br><br>I hope SBC just pokes fun of what is silly, and doesn't do it out spite (like... [insert rascism here]}<br><br>

  • July 9, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    No, doing poppers is equal to being gay

    by seppukudkurosawa

    And it's nothing to do with The Word and everything to do with its sphincter relaxing qualities.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa::: ummm, okay...

    by The Dum Guy

    I was kinda (don't kill me for the love of Dog) going with the fact that sooooo (00000) many actors fuel them(selves) with drugs, that I hope SBC just "Joshes" on the (here is another qoutation} "morals" of (fuck it) "Conservatives" (which I side with more than the ((fuck it again)) "Liberals")<br><br>I'm really tired, so maybe I should try that "coke" (hell, maybe coffee) to stay awake.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Tim League is the man.

    by chavee

    Tim is one of the founderrs of the great Alamo Draft House. Thats who the fuck Tim is. Who gives a shit if Harry "alienates" anyone outside of Austin. Tim is his friend ande you idiots will come back to the site anyway. Tim is the guy who made it possible for me to attend the Dazed and Confused 10 year reunion. Made it possible for me to screen Jaws while floating on Lake Travis....at night. Made it possible to screen American Psycho with the Yuppie Pricks playing a set before the film while a naked chick with sushi buffet all over her body in the lobby. Just cuz some of you guys live in shithole places is no reason to hate.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Hint-of-Smegma

    by Harold-Sherbort

    SBC is an actor. You know what? I'm gonna let this go. I don't think he's the second coming or anything, but people will be surprised by what he can do. In a 3 or 4 year period of time, people will see that he's more than a "walking candid camera act".

  • July 9, 2009, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Cohen sucks

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    There is much wrong with this world when people enjoy his movies that much.

  • July 9, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Bruno or In the Loop, Harry?

    by The Wrong Guy

    I'm going In the Loop!

  • July 9, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Harry is a sucker for this comedy, hated it, not actively

    by Windowlicker74

    hated it, enjoyed it... that sounds like a signature Harry review. and no, this is not the death of regular cinema. sigh.

  • July 9, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Toby_FN_Wong

    by The Dum Guy

    When TranyFormers 2 makes 3 hundred mill, in lesss..... than two weeks (which it did) then you should worry about the 'World at Large' (I still haven't seen the movie about the 1983 ((ish)) stoning of the Iranian girl)....<br><br>I worry (sp?) more when we "film geeks" aren't able see a movie such as that, but a movie about about a fake 'homo' is more available to most audience's (than a "true story").

  • July 9, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Heckles: "But is it foul mouthed, racist & misogynistic?"

    by Daremo

    "But is it foul mouthed, racist & misogynistic?" I thought you were describing Transformers 2 for a second!

  • July 9, 2009, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Won't be supporting this. Ambush Comedy = Cheap Laughs

    by thethedew

    HATE HATE HATE ambush comedy. Have always disliked this stuff - Candid Camera, Scare Tactics, all the same, ambush comedy. Deeply unfair on oh so many levels.

  • July 9, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST

    TIM LEAGUE...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    is the STUNT ROCK wizard!<p>That is all.

  • July 9, 2009, 3:48 a.m. CST

    re: thethedew

    by The Dum Guy

    I agree that it always (for the most part) comes out (pun)... out (pause for effect ((affect(?)))... the same, but the people involved have to sign waivers for it to be released, soooooo.... most of the 'victims' know they are going to be pawns in the movie (or show... unlike John Locke, who was going for his,,, destiny).

  • July 9, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST

    That's fascinating chavee

    by Star Hump

    Nice anecdotes there, but it doesn't change the fact that Austin, Texas is a rinky dink shitass city that no one gives two fucks about. Unless you're into burritos, sand in your pants and tumbleweeds that is. Fuck you and fuck Austin. And fuck Texas straight to hell. There's a whole world out here, you stupid hayseed motherfucker. Ooze out of your recliner (No, put down the nachos first, you greasy-lipped, lumpy cocksucker), pull up your elastic shorts, slip on your Wal-Mart shit-kickers and come have a look - you might learn something.

  • July 9, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Question

    by MorganLeafy

    Why isn't this Harry review not 'Top News' anymore?

  • July 9, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Star Hump: Okay..... I'll bite (I'm dum)

    by The Dum Guy

    <br><br>Like (in a teenage-girls vern'ac) anywhere that you come from (and I'm not from Austin) is so much... more different.<br><br>I've visited a bit of places, and can say that other than the surroundings occupy'ing the area around towns (cities)... (which does make people a bit unique in how they live)... it is all the same. It is just (I lived in Salt Lake City for a time, so to qoute SLC-Punk "It is all just people, and houses.")<br><br><br>For the sake of argument (sp? am that uninformed?) I'll stop trying to defend a city that is considered (again with (sp?)) one of the best cities to make (a) film(s) in.<br><br>

  • July 9, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Bruno vs. TF2

    by MorganLeafy

    TF2 (Michael Bay) laughs at people from a sense of moral superiority. Bruno arguably does the same but at least takes something of a self-deprecating position while doing so.

  • July 9, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    (sp? am [ I ] that uninformed?)

    by The Dum Guy

    I don't have much to do tonite, so feel free to whale (waile,waile,wale(if any of those aren't words)) on my grammar.

  • July 9, 2009, 5:19 a.m. CST

    You're right Starhump....

    by chavee

    There is a whole world out there and I've seen a good part of it. This stupid hayseed actually lives in Dresden, Germany thank you very much. I moved from Austin a little over a year ago and one of the things I miss most is Austin. What I don't miss is stupid ignorant pricks like you. Where the fuck have you been? And what the fuck is wrong with burritos. I couldn't find a decent burrito here if I tried.....but the beer makes up for it.

  • July 9, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST

    As a Sellers fan..

    by Youngdog

    ..I can see where Depp was coming from with that comment - even if it is a bit over the top.<Br>If you showed someone who didn't know better clips of Ali G, Borat and Bruno and then claimed they were the same person you would probably be called a liar. Also, like Sellers, Cohen also understands that comedy is at its best when it touches upon the more unpleasent aspects of human nature such as inequality and ignorance (Bal-ham, Gateway to the South!)<P>ZombieHeathLedger is still deeply, deeply wrong about Kaufman/Hicks/Bruce though. The UK is awash with great stand-ups without resorting to comedic actors for comparison. Dylan Moran for one.

  • July 9, 2009, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Funny how his MAIN character Ali G

    by knowthyself

    Bombed on video and never took off past the HBO show. Yet his side characters become feature films. I was never a fan of Bruno on the show. I'll pass on the film.

  • July 9, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST

    This generations's andy kaufman =

    by rhett beavers

    Danny Mcbride in The Foot Fist way

  • July 9, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST

    rhett beavers

    by The Dum Guy

    Danny Mcbride in East Bound and Down.<br><br>He inhabits Kenny "Fucking" Powers like he was born to be a shooting star... a star with herpes at least.

  • July 9, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    What an odd review...

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    An opening paragraph....a long paragraph about the Alamo which has nothing to do whatsoever with this movie....something like four paragraphs about one scene....a closing paragraph. <br> <br> What did you think of the movie, Harry? We know it made you laugh; you said that, but how about reviewing the movie? <br> <br> You reviews, while often slammed, are at least entertaining, but this one was just odd. <br> <br> As far as Lenny Bruce is concerned, he was a genius, a genius on another level. However, the man was not funny. His comedy opened every single possible door, but it rarely, if ever, made you laugh. It took guys like Hicks and Carlin and Pryor to take Bruce's comedy to the next level and infuse it with some funniness. My God, the last few years of his life, his whole show was reading the transcripts from his court appearances. <br> <br> Once the funny guys took advantage of the freedom that he basically died for, comedy became what it is today. Lenny, we thank ya! SBC is funny and can be funny thanks to Lenny Bruce. Lenny Bruce, however, was not funny.

  • July 9, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    I JUST TOOK AN UNCONTROLLABLE SHIT

    by TITBAG

    TRUE STORY, THAT. <P> BRUNO <P> PFFFT. <P> EASILY THE LAMEST OF THAT TWAT'S CHARACTERS.

  • July 9, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Bill Hicks Was The Man by EveryonesReimagining_or_ER

    by arthurrex007

    Lenny Bruce died for SBC's Sins. To compare him to Peter Sellers is beyond belief. Tracy Ullman yeah, I get that but Peter Sellers No Fucking Way.

  • July 9, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Lenny Bruce

    by The Dum Guy

    Told the truth, and half overything that is funny is true, the other half is made-up (thank God for cartoons and plastic-surgery).

  • July 9, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    So Harry has no problem

    by Geekhaterssuck

    with a guy that blatantly glorifies the homosexual stereotype, has a skit where says he give his child the traditional African name of O.J. and basically goes out of his way to be offensive as possible yet "eboncic" robots offends him? Look I'm not going to see Bruno, have no interest in it, if people find that funny more power to them, but what it comes down to for Harry in my opinion is that he just didn't plain like Transformers which is fine, but to make himself seem relevant he turned it into a social crusade against racism, and misogyny. Forget Aaron Eckhart Harry is Two-Face.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Borat is the funniest movie... EVER.

    by DeNiro4Prez

    Thanks for the review, Harry... can't wait to see this tomorrow night. BTW, Harry, what the fuck is The Expendables going to be rated?

  • July 9, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    HINT-YOU CLAPPED OUT PRO!

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Dude, I get it. But I feel the same wasy about SBC. SBC's work is through characters (Kauffman), it' shocking (Lenny Bruce), and it's a smart, biting look at society (Bill Hicks). Those just calling him as "Allan Funt" type are being overly reductive. And you may have some good stand-ups in the UK but I can't assess what I haven't been exposed to. It's not that I don't think there are other funnyman, Ricky Gervais makes me laugh just standing still but he doesn't have the same biting social style. I just don't see anybody doing the aforementioned traits shared by the greats and in particular on the scale that SBC is doing these days and I'm loving every second of it.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    God I can't wait. Already got my tix.

    by HoboCode

    I practically needed a hernia tress while watching Borat and Bruno is the funnier character easily. This is going to be the greatest shit show ever.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    So, no complaints about the vulgarity?

    by Logan_1973

    Interesting.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    HARRY AND BRUNO ARE RACIST

    by Nucking Futs

    ..and they both love smoking pole.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Logan_1973

    by Geekhaterssuck

    Yeah since Harry liked it the vulgarity doesn't matter.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Get Harry a Mexican Wheelchair

    by redfist

    I would pay top see that shit.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Assholes comparing Transformers and Bruno

    by HoboCode

    Transformers was rated PG-13 and clearly is a franchise geared towards children and adolescents. Bruno is rated R and is obviously intended for adults. So why don't you guys fuck off and give Harry a break? Borat and Bruno are social commentaries. Transformers: ROTF is a fucking dispicable poorly made piece of shit that will rot children's brains.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Austin has the best tex-mex

    by ElvisPresLeeHorsleyHarveyOswaldOprahWinFreeJackHorkheimer

    Sasha B. Cohen is our Migas!

  • July 9, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    The Dum Guy

    by redfist

    I want to come over to your house and remove the fucking ()keys from your keyboard. <P> Thought bubbles and subtext in a typed sentence is....JUST.FUCKING.DUM

  • July 9, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    And Bill Hicks

    by redfist

    would be in the front row...jerking off to this movie. <P> Anything that fucked with the status quo was alright with him.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by dasheight

    How can you be known as a movie geek, and (from reading your reviews) not know ANYTHING about movies or even know how to write a complete sentence? You write like you're five years old. I love the site, but damn, man, take an English class and a film course or SOMETHING.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Bruno and Transformers...

    by I Hope You Die

    I can't even begin to fathom the level of absolute stupidity that would lead someone to compared Harry's review of Bruno to his reservations about Transformers and accuse him of hypocrisy. The whole point of Bruno is to be vulgar and offensive as comedy. The whole point of Transformers is to be safe family entertainment. The inclusion of racist stereotypes in Transformers says something about the producers', director's and writers' idea of what is normal, respectable, etc. It says that they find racist stereotypes to be an uncontroversial, perfectly valid source of comedy. The use of stereotypes in Bruno says THE EXACT OPPOSITE. It's shock-comedy and therefore the stereotypes are there BECAUSE Cohen considers them utterly distasteful. The audience is fully aware of this when they laugh at the film. It's supposed to feel awkward. That's the whole fucking idea. Nobody should need this shit explained to them.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Hey Hobocode

    by Geekhaterssuck

    Pg-13 means might be unsuitable for children under 13, so no it wasn't geared towards children. 13 and up hence the rating. Social Commentaries? Give me a break.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    It's Not Just Funny, There's a Message Too

    by kevinwillis.net

    One about tolerance.<br><br>I think I'll pass.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:21 a.m. CST

    I picture Harry in the theater w/ Hawaiian shirt and cigar

    by Crimson Dynamo

    laughing like Max Cady

  • July 9, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I Hope You Die

    by Geekhaterssuck

    I accuse Harry of hypocrisy because offensive is offensive no matter the target audience. It's just stupid to accuse Transformers of what Harry did and then praise Bruno for the vulgarity. Vulgarity is vulgarity and if you enjoy it that's fine your own taste is your business but Harry is a hypocrite for this review pure and simple. I know that's just my opinion but that's how I see it.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Message of Tolerance...that goes over so many head.

    by knowthyself

    Lets face it most people are laughing at Bruno not with him because he's acting like a stereotypical flaming homosexual. Plus I don't think you are going to rally anyone to your cause by tricking them into weird situations. Exposing ignorance is easy. Changing hearts and minds is not.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Death Knell...

    by eatwheatbread

    I think you're wrong in saying 'Bruno' is a Death Knell for classic cinema. Nope. It's is the birth of a new genre. That's all. More of the same will come after it; like the mocumentary. BUT: classic cinema's structure, and form, will be adhered to forever. That's what we REALLY have to look forward to. Not Cannibal Hollywood.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    How can you have read this site for any number of years

    by sullivansmith

    and not know who Tim League is? Really? I mean, that's not as bad as not knowing who Lenny Bruce is, but still...

  • July 9, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I never could get into Da Ali G show

    by turketron_2

    My best friend loved it, but whenever I tried to watch I just couldn't get into it or find it really funny. I'm gonna give it another chance though. Also haven't gotten around to watching Borat. Torrents, here I come... (when I get home of course).<p><p> As for Bruno, I'll check it out if a friend wants to see it.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Who Is Lenny Bruce?

    by kevinwillis.net

    Was he a bit actor in the 1940s?

  • July 9, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    REDFIST

    by TITBAG

    IT'S CLEAR TO ME THAT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BILL HICKS SO SHUT THE FUCK UP. <P> BILL HICKS IN THE FRONT ROW. OMFG. MORON.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Social Commentary

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    SBC is not social commentary and anyone who says it is is merely trying to justify liking him. <br> <br> I think SBC is funny, I thought Borat was funny, the TV show was funny, but social commentary it's not. If anything, he provokes and keeps stereotypes alive by only showing the reactions that incense and by making his characters so overly and flamboyantly stereotypical for the sole purpose of provoking a reaction to suit his needs. <br> <br> Yes, he's funny. And yes, the movie will be funny just as Borat was, but the fact that so many compassionate and tolerant reactions will be left on the cutting room floor just so he can paint America in a bad light stinks of the worst kind of racism...his own.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    The Dum Guy

    by The Garbage Man

    Your writing style is like e. e. cummings dry-humping a "Choose Your Own Adventure" novel... and I mean that as a compliment. I don't know whether you're satirizing Harry or what, but keep it up.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    That's UNCLE GODDAMN (insert Comic Book Guy's voice)

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    In the interest of clarification, the avant-garde piece of cinema verite that Harry is somewhat incorrectly refering to is actually "Uncle Goddamn." His apt nickname is derived from his occasional moment of clarity from his drunken stupor when he suddenly becomes aware of the fact that he is indeed on fire. His response is always, "Goddamn!" He slaps furiously at the burning sensation in his lap before immediately passing out again, and must endure an instant repeat of the previous events administered by his sadistic family members who again pour lighter fluid on his crotch and strike another match. Hilarity of the first order ensues.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Douche

    by Cronkit

    a b

  • July 9, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    What's with the America bashing?

    by Sailor Rip

    People saying stupid shit like "It really shows how intolerant and ignorant Americans are." Right, it's only America and the rest of the world is holding hands singing and dancing around a great big flower of universal peace. Nothing against SBC but why doesn't he take his schtick and do Bruno in the middle east? Because he would get fucking decapitated. But we're the intolerant one's. Let's see, Ive been to England, France, Germany, and Switzerland and you know what, people are people no matter where you go. Some are pricks but most are not. Same in America.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    So we are allowed to like/watch this Harry?

    by Philvis

    Considering the gay stereotyping, idiotic humor, and overall bad plot for these SBC movies, I was sure Harry would boycott. I mean if a movie like TF2 warrants a boycott, why shouldn't this?

  • July 9, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    SBC is ABSOLUTELY social commentary

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    When you see Borat telling a Rodeo full of rednecks, "May George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child of Iraq!" and you STILL hear rednecks cheering while most of us would not(unless being smart asses), that's exposing a very ugly underbelly to the "U.S. and A." and THAT'S social commentary. When Bruno is trying to carry on a conversation about "Sex and the City" with the three redneck hunters, who instead of just laughingly telling him to STFU like most of us would but instead look like they ready to rip his fucking head off, that's again, showing a very ugly underside to the U.S. and that, my friends, is again, social commentary (thru comedy). And yes, we are laughing at Bruno as a flaming homosexual b/c there are actual individuals who do indeed act that way too (see any gay pride parade) and SBC is sending them up as well as those who are bigoted against them. SBC's comedy is working on multi-levels that's why it's so good, we are simultaneously laughing at him and with him.<b> <b> And I CANNOT BELIEVE on a movie geek site that those of you who are claiming not to know who the great Lenny Bruce was, have at least not seen the AMAZING Dustin Hoffman 1974 movie biography of Bruce called "LENNY". Stop re-watching STAR WARS for the 80 millionth time and expand your appreciation of cinema, dorks.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    sailor rip- Your question is valid

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    I know a lot of posters on here are from the UK. I know SBC was around in the UK long we yanks became aware of him. Did he send up intolerance in your country the same we he does ours?

  • July 9, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    kevinwilliams.net

    by Sailor Rip

    Who Is Lenny Bruce? by kevinwillis.net Jul 9th, 2009 09:44:37 AM Was he a bit actor in the 1940s? <p> No. He was the guy who invented the old timey bicycles with the one real big wheel and the one real small wheel.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    wow

    by Sillypuddy

    suprised Harry didn't find it racist...

  • July 9, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    ZombieHeathLedger

    by Sailor Rip

    I too would like to hear from our mates across the pond on this.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    --and for those of you foolhardy enough to bust on Austin!!!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Listen, I don't live in Austin. I live in Louisville, KY, but I love Austin (hense The Reluctant Austinite). Austin isn't the film capital of the world, but it is THE FILM LOVER'S CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. It's a place where not everybody is working on a screenplay or angling to get into the business, but where people really love movies. Tim League's Alamo is the best theater in the world for people who love movies. There's nowhere else like it, but there should be. However, there is also nowhere else in the world like Austin. The people in Austin will come out and support cool movie related places and events. The people in the city I live in will almost never support these things. Their kids will always have soccer games. Their work schedules will always prevent them from coming. They'll just stay home and watch a dvd from Netflix. You have put a gun to film fans heads in this town to get them to show up at an event tailor made for them. The film fans in Austin are the best in the world and they deserve Tim and the Alamo, and any of you who want to say something negative about this might as well just put another shitty movie in your Netflix que, go see "Transformers 2" again and shut your goddamn mouths.

  • July 9, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    A.Kaufman, Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce

    by ooggbboo

    SBC is none of these. He may make social commentary, but so does every Southern Politician. Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce especially had, at the core of their comedy, an almost sweet longing for a better world. SBC doesn't seem to have any kind of larger vision; he's happy just to mock people.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    ooggbboo- give him time!

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Your "southern politician" point is both non-sequitor and moot as we are discussing comedians with social agendas (perhaps Al Franken fits your description but he is midwestern). Second, I don't necessarily agree that SBC's motives for exposing the less savory elements of society is for reasons solely of mockery and profit, that's very cynical of you to think that. Just because he doesn't have a ham-fisted/South Park/Laverne and Shirley/tinkling piano scene at the end of each comedic bit explaining the moral of the preceding comedy, I wouldn't necessarily think that the idea of exposing these things in order to generate discussion and hopefully getting people to laugh at themselves or themselves in others, may just change things a little for the better. And third, he's still relatively young in his career, I think the best of SBC may still bet yet to come. Hopefully.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    So apparently, gay stereotypes are acceptable.

    by TheLastCleric

    I really don't see how this film exposes homophobia by shoving a crass, ridiculous stereotype in people's faces anymore than Ted Danson's blackface fiasco could have exposed genuine latent racism in others. The Bruno character comes as incredibly obnoxious, myopic and deviant, which is bound to offend anyone regardless of his sexual orientation. What amazes me is that nobody finds such a shallow, topical, homosexual character offensive when obviously there are plenty of gays who don't act anything like Bruno. The real question is why doesn’t the suddenly politically correct Harry Knowles, who wrote that fucking ridiculous Transformers review where he squealed about racial stereotypes, have a similar problem with Bruno, which is very obviously promoting the idea that homosexuals are all superficial, flamboyant, deviant assholes? Granted, Harry may be the most inconsistent motherfucker on planet earth but really, given the pitch of his condemnation over the supposed stereotypical content in Transformers, why give Bruno a pass for doing something much, much worse, especially considering the current civil rights issues that gays all over our nation are facing right now?

  • July 9, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    TITBAG

    by redfist

    WITH YOU UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE USE OF THE CAPS LOCK I THINK THAT BILL HICKS WOULD HAVE CALLED YOU A MOUTHBREATHING JERKWATER CUNT. <P> But I wouldn't do that I would just call you a ass, calling you that would be an insult to cunts everywhere.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Th Last Cleric- relax...

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Bruno is not representing all gays. He's sending up SOME behavior of SOME gays like this http://tinyurl.com/nrtbbs and like this http://tinyurl.com/lcjz2p and just like these examples don't represent all gays neither does Bruno. It's is their extreme behavior in these instances and like these that he is sending up NOT their sexual orientation as a whole.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    the Joke is on you

    by redfist

    Bruno and Borat play off of the stereotypes that Americans have about gays and eastern europe. <P> That you are so offended by the fact that he is poking fun at not only the reactions of people who are prejudgice, but the soft and squishy political correct reaction that people have when a minority is being bashed, well the joke is on everyone then.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    SBC is not the new Peter Sellers; He's the new

    by Stabby

    Tom Green and Jaime Kennedy. It's only a matter time before he ends up with a bit part on The Ghost Whisperer.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    ZombieHeathLedger

    by TheLastCleric

    My post is addressing a bullshit double standard by the man who runs the site. He got his fat ass up on a soap box and acted as if Transformers 2 was the social equivalent of Triumph of the Will. He then proceeds to venerate this film when it is actually doing in excess of what he accuses Transformers 2 of doing. As to the film itself, I really don't care what SBC is “sending up” because ultimately, he is perpetuating a very stale stereotype during a period when homosexual bigotry is still widely seen as acceptable. Is it horribly, unforgivably offensive? No, and I actually like Cohen, but at the same time people like you and Harry are trying to sell this line of bullshit that this film is some genius work of social commentary, which is nonsense. There are plenty of people like myself who support homosexual equality and would still find his actions and behaviors overtly offensive. There is no probative value in what he does anymore than in something like Jackass. Both Borat and Bruno are all about placing unsuspecting people outrageous situations and seeing how they react. Sometimes the results are funny; sometimes they are dull but let's not act like this endeavor is some sort of guerilla comedy genius because it's not. Candid camera was doing the same thing 40 years ago.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    TheLastCleric

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    If I may play Devil's advocate for a second, I think the difference between the racism of the the "Sambots" (credit to Herc, I believe) and what you perceive as the promotion of a stereotype by BRUNO, is that there is a self-aware "meta" element to Bruno, SBC, is putting the stereotype in your face "on purpose" because he wants us to see the ridiculousness of SOME behavior by SOME gays SOME of the time(not all, not everyone, and not always) and the ridiculousness of intolerance against it. In my last post I posted links to clips from recent gay pride floats found on youtube that are every bit BRUNO, if some gays are offended then they should stop perpetuating this facet of the community themselves or realize they open themselves up to satire just like everybody else. <br> <br> Conversely, Bay is just trying to be hip, "y'know...for kids!" which is far more subversive and in it's own way more offensive because, nobody believes that SBC is really Bruno but we are supposed to believe that the Sambots are indeed earnest in their personalites, they aren't 'acting'. Further, BRUNO is meant for adults who know the difference, TRANFORMERS 2 is feeding kids stereotypes with a full bag of sugar. I hate to use and overused cliche' here at AICN, but I think you just aren't "getting it." And Candid Camera's Allen Funt didn't go nearly as far as SBC, nor did Allen Funt have the underlying social thesis of SBC, let's not be overly reductive.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    It's easy to make fun of the rednecks in this movie

    by Tacom

    I'm sure everyone will laugh at the backwoods and pat themselves on the back and say "At least I'm not homophobic like those guys The audience is in on the joke but still not being asked to comfront any homophobia they might have. Seeing those dumb, macho react actually makes it easier for the mainstream, liberal audience. What if Bruno was making out with the dude without those rabid fight fans and just in front of the movie viewers? Are you going to tell me some people watching wouldn't be more uncomfortable?

  • July 9, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I think it's more about

    by Harold-Sherbort

    bringing the extremes together. Here you have an over the top homo, meeting the intolerant folks of the south and other places. With Ali G, you had a complete idiot (even though the writing was smart), going up against some of the smartest and most accomplished people. What he was doing was going over their heads. They bought his act! And of course you had Borat, an anti semite, who finally came around to the idea of "letting woman ride on inside of bus" talking to people about etiquette!!

  • July 9, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    The problem is that the extreme gays ahve totally dominated

    by Sepulchrave

    everyone's idea of what homosexuals are like forever, and while I don't mind the camp or the parades, I can't condone the materialism, the sniping, the vapid preening, the bitchery the anti-intellectualism and the incredible stupidity of a lot of gay men when it come to HIV. Bruno eclipses a lot of really decent, smart, responsible homos in favor of a sterotype that we have been looking at for DECADES? Jesus, who thinks this is new, innovative; this stuff is from the 50s!

  • July 9, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    'the ridiculousness of SOME behavior by SOME gays SOME of the t

    by Sepulchrave

    So basicallay BRUNO does what every gay Pride parade has been doing since Stonewall. And that's supposed to be groundbreaking: SBC is introducing you idiots to the idea of camp FOR THE FIRST TIME? Jesus, where have you been? You want to see conservative fucktards screaming cause some guy is wearing assless chaps? Go to a Pride Parade, ANY Pride Parade in the last 25 years. The problem with BRUNO is that there's no nice families, no Veterans, no AIDS survivors, no Dykes on Bikes and no goodwill anywhere to be seen.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    re: What's with the America bashing? by Sailor Rip

    by Moviegimp

    Perhaps you've missed the trailers or SBC on David Letterman the other night. He interviews a real terrorist in the Middle East, a Palestinian. He is in Televiv Israel making jokes to and about Jewish people. It's not all America bashing. He went to places that he would get killed. He avoided it but it could have actually happened. There is a lot more intolerance in America though, just because of the size of the country and the size of the population and the freedom to do whatever it is you want. China has more people, same with India but they don't let everyone, including hate filled morons say whatever it is they want. They don't report on it all the time. They don't, in a way make these people famous, like America does. For all the good America has it has all the bad too. It's paraded out every day and on display. That's a good thing. What is bad is that many people in America think that's acceptable or something to strive for. I'm sure all countries have their problems in similar ways but the big ones control their media and people might not see it and the smaller ones are smaller so it's not so evident. <BR> <BR> We can't just sit back and say we aren't the problem. You can say that it's Wall Street or the politicians or whoever but we spend far more time talking about movies or whatever forum your on than anyone does actually talking to those who are in charge of this country. Sure people blog about the problems and talk about it in talkbacks but that isn't going to do much good. I'm not going to say I have the answer. We all know the problems but solutions seem to be far away. As long as we want every freedom, no matter what, nothing is going to change. <BR> <BR> I find the America bashing justified and possibly healthy. Maybe someone will actually do something to make things different. <BR> <BR> Is this silly film going to make anyone think, maybe. It probably won't but it just might be more than just silly comedy.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Oh and, as a gay man, I find Bruno repulsive

    by Sepulchrave

    He's a gross, vapid, unattractive caricature: the least you can say about the real vapid, muscly club-bunnies is that they're hot. Hot, Bruno's NOT. I wouldn't want to be associated with him, even in fun.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    You guys can stop calling them "homos" anytime.

    by HoboCode

    It's the gay equivalent of "colored" for fuck's sake.<p> "I can't condone the materialism, the sniping, the vapid preening, the bitchery the anti-intellectualism and the incredible stupidity of a lot of gay men when it come to HIV." <p> So what makes this different from many non-gay Americans then?

  • July 9, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Bravo, Harold-Sherbert

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Exactamundo!

  • July 9, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    So Bruno is Borat II?

    by coosawatchie

    Enough with poking fun at conservative folks and dingbat celebs. That's an easy target. Ho hum... I'd like to see SBC break some new ground with his style of mockery. It's not just conservative people and celebs who have a stick up their ass.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Sepulchrave- the two are not mutually exclusive

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Who said any of us are being exposed to gay "camp" for the first time? I think for me, that would've actually been the character "Hollywood" from the first MANNEQUIN movie back in 1987 in cinema, or even Charles Nelson Reilly or Paul Lynde on TV back in the 70's when I was a kid tho I didn't recognize it as such back then. And you're right, you can see what BRUNO is doing and the reactions he's getting at every gay pride parade, however SBC's the one who had the idea to make a feature film out of it and make millions of dollars while exposing the ridiculousness of it on both sides and generating a discussion about it (just like the one we're having now) on a global scale. Win. As for Bruno not being "hot," well, now you're saying if he was more attractive it would make him and what he's doing more 'acceptable' in your eyes? Now, who's being small-minded? And oh yeah, SBC's wife, Isla Fisher seems to think he's a good looking guy and she's smmmmmmmmokin'! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    any nazi jokes made by Bruno?

    by awepittance

    or was that removed to make the movie watered down for the film?

  • July 9, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Bruno on Spring Break

    by Harold-Sherbort

    http://tinyurl.com/67muo2

  • July 9, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    They need to put the MJ joke back in.

    by HoboCode

    Nobody seeing the movie gives a fuck.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    RE: Zombie Heath

    by TheLastCleric

    Your Quote: "if some gays are offended then they should stop perpetuating this facet of the community themselves or realize they open themselves up to satire just like everybody else." So because a loud segment of their population fits a certain stereotype that makes it acceptable to paint everybody with that brush? Isn't that essentially the crux of all bigotry? Reducing any group of people to mere stereotypes and then using specific examples of that behavior to categorize them all. Even assuming your explanation is correct, and that Cohen is purposely lampooning the extremity of certain homosexuals, how do the reactions such behavior elicits come off as anything more than perfunctory and in some cases, reasonable? If Cohen’s motives were as altruistic as you seem to think, why not notch down the absurdity a bit and get some genuine responses from Americans regarding homosexuals? The answer is of course because Cohen isn’t doing Bruno to illuminate social inequality or to expose a darker subtext of American life but rather he’s trafficking in shock value which is neither new nor particularly insightful. As to your justification of Harry’s insipid assertions regarding racism in Transformers 2, the fact that you even suggest there is anything “subversive” about the robotic characters illustrates just how weak your position is. If those two lame robot characters can be classified as racist stereotypes then so too can just about every other character on screen that has ever conformed to such stereotypes for the sake of comic relief. What you fail to grasp is the issue of racism in Transformers isn’t actually an issue at all except for here on AICN. Harry concocted the whole racism angle because he needed to take his dislike of a film to a ridiculous level of pseudo-politically correct indignity and he’s been called out on it because it’s bullshit. I mean, Harry Knowles had the brass balls to actually accuse the film of being misogynistic (a word I am increasingly coming to believe very few people understand or know how to apply appropriately) despite being the same motherfucker who wrote (and has posted countless other) reviews that used the metaphor of eating pussy or boning women when critiquing a film. Anybody who believes Harry’s concern was genuine should seriously rent a clue.

  • July 9, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Cleric

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Who says ANYONE is painting EVERYONE with that "brush"? No one. As I said, Bruno is a representation of SOME gay people SOME of the time. But nice try with that strawman argument there. So that completely nullifies the entire rest of your argument regarding Bruno. <br> <br> As for the racsim of Sambots, you must be living under a rock if you seriously think AICN is the ONLY place the Sambots have been called out. (So who needs to 'rent' that 'clue'?) And uhh, yeah, any character that conforms to stereotype for character relief IS opening itself up to accusations of being racist or bigoted (even in the case of BRUNO, where it is purposefully done, self-aware and 'meta,' folk like you are still pointing fingers). And for someone who seems to HATE Harry and his reviews and viewpoints so much, you suuurre seem to enjoy spending a lot of time reading them and posting on his site. Bit of a contradcition wouldn't you say? I guess you're one of those guys who gets off smearing shit on the walls?

  • July 9, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    TF2 v. Bruno

    by Logan_1973

    It's a fair comparison only b/c Harry made it so. My issue with him is that he operates on two sets of rules. <p> Besides, as a fellow talkbacker said, Harry like the film, so nothing offensive in it is going to matter. Plus he endorsed this movie months ago.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    The Last Cleric

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Actually, racism and the two robots was an issue many other places.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Actually, I've been one of Harry's supporters.

    by TheLastCleric

    Also, I don't post here nearly as much as you seem to think. It's also interesting that you avoided the crux of my argument (an argument you are either unwilling or unable to refute) and went straight into the personal attacks. We’ve obviously reached the capacity of your intellect so let’s just agree that you think Cohen is doing something socially relevant and I’ll amuse myself with your puerile assertions and ridiculous hypocrisy. (Because seriously, anybody who feels the robots in Transformers are offensive should be enraged at the crass stereotypes presented in Bruno) Also, your tag is grossly offensive (even by Internet standards) and suggests you lack both taste and class. But of course in the real world, I’m sure you are the fucking man! (As opposed to a guy like me who lives under a rock.)

  • July 9, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    LOL

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    No, I just don't feel the need to respond to a strawman argument that absolutely NO ONE is making. Therefore the rest of what you have to say is both facile, impertinent, and moot. If you want to take your ball and go home, little boy, boofuckinghoo,I don't think anyone here will miss you. Buh-bye. And yeah, anybody who thinks that AICN is the ONLY place who called out the Sambots CLEARLY needs to read something other than Harry's 7 year old BLADE 2 reviews. Waaaahh! Stop your cryin' for Chrissakes. And with the rude name, 'Fat Ass,' you called Harry you have the nerve to label anyone else 'offensive'? LOL. Hypocrite, much? Face it, the only the thing you 'support' of Harry is his nuts on your face while he teabags you. Biiittchhhh, plllleeassseeeee.....

  • July 9, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    NEWS ALERT red necks are bigots.

    by knowthyself

    Wow. Like we needed SBC to expose that revelation?

  • July 9, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    The difference between the two

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Bruno is using extremes to expose intolerance on BOTH SIDES!! I don't think Michael Bay or his writers could even comprehend that idea. Transformers 2 introduced us to two illiterate, jive talking "ethnic" robots, that serve no purpose in the film. Give them something to do. The whole film was offensive really. It's one of the few movies I regret paying to see. I should have known after disliking the first one so much.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Moviegimp: China letting hatemongers say what they want

    by Darth_Inedible

    China stifles POLITICAL speech not hate speech. There's insane racism in China and India. The Chinese government actively promotes racism in their impoverished masses against Japan and Japanese people. The open nationalism and racism in China would curl your liberal hair and it saddens me that public education has warped your perception of America into that of some sort of unique font of evil and racism because of our right to freedom of speech. How typical yet utterly depressing.

  • July 9, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    NEWSALERT: Rednecks aren't the only targets of SBC

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Borat had the Fratboys lamenting their weren't slaves anymore, the educated, white professionals as secessionists (southern? yes redneck? not in the same sense as the rodeo spectators). Bruno sends up the white celebrity trend of buying/adopting black babies from foreign countries. Bruno also sends up the fashion world, which is about as far away from redneck as you can get. Etc., etc. So, knowthyself, how did you learn to talk out of your ass like that?

  • July 9, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    "there"

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    not "their"

  • July 9, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Gay People are so funny!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    They are!

  • July 9, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    ZOMBIEHEATHLEDGER you cornholed fop.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Your last reply went off on a bit of a tangent, you don't have to know of a vast amount of British stand-up or comedy in general to see that Cohen, while I believe immensely talented, is just repeating the same old thing over and over. I am hoping he changes up and gives us something new next time out - although I know I will piss myself laughing at Bruno, I'd like to see him actually act in a film. But I can't get behind anyone, Johnny Depp, the risen corpse of the Holy Mercury Himself even, who mentions Cohen in any kind of conjunction or comparison to Sellers or Hicks. Great though I think Cohen is, he's not that level of great. Not yet anyway. oogboo made a great point earlier - probably the crux of the differences between Cohen and Hicks and Bruce when he said the latter two put forth biting comedy while obviously longing for a better world, to change it themselves if they had to by making us laugh, making us squirm and ultimately examine our own complacencies and the state of the world due to them. Cohen just takes the piss out of our predjudices, and while it may throw more light on them, he doesn't really alter any viewpoint or make you think - if anything, he only reinforces the viewpoints of those he's ripping on. Grud bless him though, he's trying, but he aint there yet.

  • July 9, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    What have you done with Harry!!!

    by spiceybiscuit

    Holy shit, Harry with the positive review...Dude..you might have redeemed yourself, MIGHT...still upset about that flaming turd review...

  • July 9, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    HINT- YOU GENITAL STAPH INFECTED POOFTA

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    We're just gonna have to agree to disagree. We both agree a) SBC is hilarious; b) what he's doing is socially relevant comedy. But what we disagree on is c) whether or not his intentions for doing such are for dada nihlism and profit (your take) or dada and profit and maybe, just maybe encouraging discussion and changing certain people's less than open minded perspective's thru homor (my take); and d) whether he does such on the level of Sellers and Hicks et al. You say "no, not yet" and I say, "I see it, but even if not, to my knowledge, and I admit I'm not familiar with the British comics you may be familiar with, but to my knowledge, IMHO, he's the closest thing we have to a Kauffman, Hicks, and Bruce." And with that, I shake your hand with the hand I just rubbed one out with, and we ride off into our sunsets, yes?

  • July 9, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    True Darth. U.S. did not invent bigotry.

    by bobbofatz

    Good luck getting any of those points across to some of the sheep on this site.

  • July 9, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    ZOMBIE - you anally impacted muppet.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    I disagree to agree to disagree, and you can take that to the bank. I'm a rebel, man. Cohen is in no way close to Kauffman, and isn't even in the same galaxy when it comes to proximity to Sellers, Hicks or Bruce. Having seen Cohen from his first appearances on British TV when he did the Ali G bit as a two minute or so skit on a show where he wasn't even third fiddle, I like to think I've got a bit of a perspective on the guy that maybe you don't, by your own admission. When he started out, the sharp comedy he was putting out wasn't quite what it seemed - not nearly as biting or clever, because it was done for notoriety rather than a way to shock you into opening your eyes. Well, job done, it made him famous but he hasn't progressed at all - he's doing the same thing, over and over and to diminishing returns, hence the large amount of scripted 'shock' scenes in Bruno. He has to change or else, while he may still be talented, he'll sink from view. And if he's as clever as Hicks or Bruce, he's not shown it yet. If he's as good an actor as Sellers with as perfect timing, he sure as fuck hasn't shown that yet. Nothing he's done so far compares to a single line from Sellers - for example, and if you don't get the reference then just go and flagellate yourself until your momma brings you every single film Sellers ever made, along with all the audio of the Goon episodes...."Is that Net..?" is one of the single most perfectly timed, perfectly delivered lines in all of comedy history. I can't see Cohen ever coming close to that level of perfection. Beyond that, I reach out to shake your hand and then cunningly raise my own quickly at the last second, thumb my nose at you and make the following sounds "NYAHH NYAHH!!" leaving you standing there, miserable and defeated with a fishy smelling hand.

  • July 9, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Ambush Comedy

    by WS

    I'm starting to think that "ambush comedy" might be to comedy what playing a retarded person is to acting; something that impresses the public, that's also very easy for a professional to do.

  • July 9, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Uh...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Hicks wanted to be famous, the same way any entertainer wants to be. He had a great message. He was against people who use their fame for selfish gain. There's really nothing selfish about what he does. He puts himself in danger a lot of times. When he was at HBO he wasn't getting paid the amounts people might think. What he did have though, was creative freedon. That's what an artist does. Sure, he's got money now, but he deserves it. The guy has worked hard, he definitly has a gift, and his comedy is smart.

  • July 9, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Darth_inedible

    by PorkChopXpress

    "China stifles POLITICAL speech not hate speech. There's insane racism in China and India. The Chinese government actively promotes racism in their impoverished masses against Japan and Japanese people. The open nationalism and racism in China would curl your liberal hair and it saddens me that public education has warped your perception of America into that of some sort of unique font of evil and racism because of our right to freedom of speech. How typical yet utterly depressing." LOL...not like after the rape of Nanjing they wouldn't have a reason to hold a grudge against the Japanese. Or are you Japanese and going to claim that it never happened, which has been Japan's official policy since the war?

  • July 9, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Harold, can't agree.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    If you were in the UK when he was starting out, you'll remember he was doing the shock tactics interviews for effect rather than biting content, most of them were pretty dumb with little or no wider social comment than 'lets make someone clever/famous look dumb. He became famous off the back of that kind of comedy and little has changed. Well, lets be honest - nothing has changed. He may be trying to dress it up as some form of social commentary now but his behaviour reinforces stereotypes rather than illuminating how ridiculous they are - he doesn't make his victims think about their views, he simply exploits them. That's a big difference to Hicks, because with Hicks, we were all his victims - he was his own victim also - and he made us really look at our stupidity, our predjudices and our general ridiculousness. That was genuine social commentary. I'm not denying Cohen has worked hard, nor am I denying he's funny - quite the opposite - but his comedy is the opposite of Hicks, even if he wants to be thought of in a similar vein these days.

  • July 9, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    HINT- YOU CUM DRENCHED BURN VICTIM

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Ok, you're just repeating yourself now. I disagree with your disagreement to agree to disagree which means I have already fed you your shit, made you shit it out and then re-fed you your twice shat shit (then, just for good measure, I smacked you upside your head with the still gooey hand I rubbed one out with.) Win.

  • July 9, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    No arguing there.

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Nobody did it quite like Hicks. It's funny he was bigger overseas than he was in the states. I think he found that funny too. Cohen will branch out though. I'm looking more forward to that than I am Bruno...but I'll be there on friday.

  • July 9, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    ZOMBIE - you efluence guzzling prison shower lurker

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    I'm only repeating a simple point people here are missing when comparing him to others, or trying to make out his comedy is more socially biting than it is. I like the guy, he's funny and he always makes me laugh. But just pointing out racism, or hatred, or stupidity by mocking the thing you're actually saying SHOULDN'T be mocked is not clever. It's shock value for the sake of it, it's un-PC and Grud bless'im for it, but it's not illuminating the issue, it's exploiting it which is a big difference. I'll still laugh either way, but let's not kid ourselves we're seeing something more intelligent or deeper than we are. And with that, I perform a spinning roundhouse kick to your face, except I don't use my foot, I use centrifugal force to raise my enormous knob, still sticky with your mother's juices, to whack you repeatedly in the face. And beaten again, you thank me for it like the pathetic worm that you are.

  • July 9, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Candid Camera did this so many god damn years ago

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 9, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Naw not for me.

    by Sal_Bando

    It looks to me like this guy's just trying too. I watched his Letterman App. online and it was pretty good-he was funny, relaxed, ummmm very British, a good story teller. He should actually try THAT approach more often. <p> This movie-looks like shit. No thanks. One joke johnny. Put Jim Carrey in the same role and you see what I mean....

  • July 9, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Oh and Mikey Bay should direct this guys next one.

    by Sal_Bando

    Make him into a Gay_KazakhBOT that transforms into a purple and pink MrBean car that gets run over by Optimus. It would be fair.

  • July 9, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    SBC should make a movie where...

    by CountryBoy

    ... he infiltrates various liberal enclaves by posing as a far-left activist -- and then starts saying things like "You shouldn't dismember babies in the womb," or "Global warming stopped years ago," etc., so the liberals instantly become rabid haters, exposing their hypocrisy and bigotry... that would be a GREAT movie. Think he'd do it?

  • July 9, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Call that a review?

    by Herman_Blume

    Jesus Christ! What we have here is some rambling nonense about a cunt we dont know called tim, a half arsed retelling of a scene in the film, some crappy comments about comedy and you telling us the film is funny! Jesus christ Harry, you are one lazy fucking hack!

  • July 9, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Um, how about have a NORMAL GUY get iinto weird

    by lockesbrokenleg

    situations? Wouldn't that be funny?

  • July 9, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    poor Paula Abdul

    by one_guy_from_andromeda_

    i hope she didn't catch some ass disease from sitting on mexicans, and omg bruno is so sexy in this movie!!

  • July 9, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    poor Paula Abdul

    by one_guy_from_andromeda_

    i hope she didn't catch some ass disease from sitting on mexicans, and omg bruno is so sexy in this movie!!

  • July 9, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    HINT- you dense ball of vomited afterbirth

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Dude, seriously, the only thing you are a 'rebel' against is intelligence. I don't know how many posts it amuses you to keep rephrasing the same exhausted points, beating the dead whore that is your mother to no end, to understand that I neither agree with your opinion nor care to continue trying to convince you. Basta ya! And with that I strike you with the Kill Bill Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique and watch as your father's gaping syphilis infected asshole dripping with shit, blood and cum from his STD ridden Haitian boy lover entices you with lust to take the five steps towards it, minidick in hand, whereupon your cowardly heart explodes and you praise me eternally for ending not only your miserable existence but any hope that you had of your retarded mongoloid bloodline continuing. Your welcome. Desu.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    You mean you think that

    by posbasso

    Transformers went too far, but Bruno is just fine? You liberal dumbass. If anything, this movie further perpetuates the stereotype that homosexuals are like SBC's sick character. I may never read this site again.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    lockesbrokenleg/skywalkerfamily

    by Sweet Action Hero

    not nearly as funny as you. or as clever.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST

    ZOMBIE - you septic discharge of a 5 dollar manwhore.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    You have no argument, because deep down in that muddled, sister fancying puddle of grey mush you call a mind, you know I'm right. He at present has shown no range, and he is about as close in talent to either Hicks, Sellers or Bruce as I am to nailing Jennifer Aniston.You however are very close to nailing your brother, so keep up the efforts old son. Buy him a few more xbox games and then maybe you can introduce him to the new game you call 'stroke the hairless weasel' without him telling momma.

  • July 9, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Sweet Action Hero

    by lockesbrokenleg

    With the shitty taste you have in movies, you would know

  • July 9, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Jesus

    by Harold-Sherbort

    There's a lot of fighting. Why? What's the point? I feel partially responsible for the Peter Sellers comment. I was just quoting Johnny Depp. The guy worked with him. There's a chance that he knows more about the man than we do. I never said I agreed with it, but that comment came from someone that knows the guy personally, and has worked with him. Can we just stop the fighting? Seriously. It's not worth it.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Harold - take a deep breath, reach down and...

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    .....pull the shorts out of your sweaty crack. We're not fighting. We're frankly exchanging viewpoints. Or rather, I'm exchanging objective fact with Zombie's braindead opinion. Plus, as is appropriate with the subject material, we're bantering in a semi-homoerotic way, verbally descending into a hot, steamy vat of angry man-love. Well, Zombie is anyway. He can't help himself.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    No, you are arguing. It's pointess. This site doesn't

    by lockesbrokenleg

    have any constructive criticism anymore. It's really said. It's just all BS shit. I rarely take this site seriously anymore.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Give me a break, Harold.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    A couple of people having a laugh taking the piss out of each other while exchanging views on a subject is hardly the world crashing down around our ears. If you want constructive criticism, I've already given some of Cohen. Please feel free to debate my points. Zombie, please feel free to lick my nuts.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Give me a break, Lockesbrokenleg even.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Asshole. Making me think you were Harold. Shame on you!

  • July 9, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Maybe...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ...my post was complete sarcasm ;)

  • July 9, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    How the fuck did you know I have a sweaty crack?

  • July 10, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Harold, please.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    EVERYONE knows you have a sweaty crack. I'm in a different country and I can smell you from here.

  • July 10, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Shit.

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Thanks a lot, axe body soap!!

  • July 10, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I'm rolmao'ing

    by Aphex Twin

    Zombie, Hint, keep on spurting your vicious man-love. You're abjective-laden manlove quotes are quite funny to read in quick succession.

  • July 10, 2009, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Harry says "TRANSFORMERS 2 is foul mouthed, racist & misogynisti

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Yet he endorses Bruno. <p> Interesting........very ......very interesting.

  • July 10, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Aphex. You filthy bitch.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    I don't know what "rolmao'ing" is but it sounds....kinky. And all while you're thinking about me and Zombie. I don't know whether or not to be flattered or disturbed, frankly.

  • July 10, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Sacha Baron Cohen reminds me more of

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Andy Kaufman than Peter Sellers or Lenny Bruce. Kaufman was King in his day when it came to doing crazy shit. Remember his career as a Professional Wrestler that only wrestled chicks? Classic.

  • July 10, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Overall, not as good as "Borat" ...

    by KarlKolchak

    But the last 15 minutes, or the cage match sequence, are WAY funnier than anything in Borat.<p> Straight Dave's Man Slammin' was pure genius. There's one less-than-sophisticated looking fellow in the crowd who has this "Say-It-Ain't-So-Joe" look on his face that is absolutely priceless.<p> I'm not sure how in the heck this got an R rating, between the male nudity, the fire extinguiser scene and the swingers' party. They were actually checking tickets at the theater door before they would let anybody in. There could be some very unsuspecting, upset moviegoers storming out of "Bruno" this weekend. Really. Some stuff was WAY graphic.

  • July 10, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST

    If you like watching innocent people made fun of...

    by Snake Foreskin

    people who were minding their own business put in situations that would make a lot of us start cock-punching anyone with a camera in sight... well, then, go see this movie. As for myself, I'll skip it.<p> I saw Borat in the theater and at first I laughed quite a lot. But by the end of the movie I felt sorry for the people Cohen was harassing and ridiculing. I was far less amused and somewhat disgusted by his disrespectful antics. It turned me off. Especially when he started tearing up that couple's antique store. He was preying upon the unwary, the ignorant, and there is something dehumanizing about that kind of humor.<p> And by the way, the fact that Harry Knowles seems to think that these people "deserve it" because they don't believe the same things he does... well, Harry, you're out of your mind. People don't have to tolerate everything, or anything, for that matter. If someone is intolerant towards annoying Euro-fags, I can hardly say that I blame them.<p> You think we're intolerant in America? Let's send Bruno to Iran. Let's see how well his shtick would go over with the Ayatollah. Isla Fischer would be a single mom in short order.<p> At first I thought Sacha Baron Cohen was going to be a comic genius a la Peter Sellers. Sadly he is just becoming a British Howard Stern. I can't wait for Cohen's next movie, the Adventures of FartMan.

  • July 10, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Haha people don't get it and that amuses me

    by andrew coleman

    Stop with this high holy bull shit "I feel bad that people are being made fun of for being intolerant" You're full of shit. Just got back from this movie and laughed my ass off nothing special about it, it's just funny, that's it. Leave your emotional and fake political point of views at the door and you'll enjoy yourself. Some people need to just relax.

  • July 10, 2009, 3:57 a.m. CST

    O NOES! HOMOPHOBIA?!!!

    by magic_ninja

    I love that the only people that get offended by this and the so-called racism of Transformers 2 are silly white kids. Fucking hilarious.

  • July 10, 2009, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Ignorance deserves ridicule

    by David Cloverfield

    At least in Borat, pointing out how clueless some Americans are about the rest of the world was important. I haven't seen Brüno yet, but I expect more of the same.

  • July 10, 2009, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Bruno VS TF2

    by High Grade 4 Eva

    So, they both have racial stereotypes and foul language. Big difference is, SBC is not flooding shops with Bruno toys aimed at our kids. Nor will under 13's flock to see it, coz it's aimed at adults. Bay is just a greedy fucker who wanted EVERYBODYS money. Plenty of parents took kids to see TF2 and were shocked to hear such delights as 'Bollocks, bitch, shit the bed etc'. Less profanity and more story would have been good.

  • July 10, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Paula sits!

    by Series7

    AAAAAhahahaha dumb bitch tried to say that she didn't on Kimmel a couple weeks back.

  • July 10, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Bruno and Borat

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Together on the big screen. It can be done. Modern technology.

  • July 10, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Ali G, Borat, Bruno...

    by Philvis

    When Ali G first came out it was funny because he was making fun of the American hip hop culture emulation that had recently started exploding in the Isles. Then he just started being idiotic with his ambush interviews of innocent people. Borat was the same as well as his Bruno character. It's two things...bad stereotyping and just idiotic attempts at ambush comedy. People who say that TF2 was mindless, racist, stereotyping etc., are hypocrital if they praise Bruno, because his comedy is mindless and most of the time not even funny. His cult following in the UK died years ago...for a reason. He is just flat out annoying and not funny.

  • July 10, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Harry: an easy mark

    by criticalbliss

    Homophobia? That word seems to be bandied about a bit too easily these days. I'm not sure too many people, regardless of sexual orientation, would be comfortable with some of the antics displayed here. To say everyone should just "be okay" with ANYTHING is fucking idiotic. <p> Liberals like Harry don't want anyone to ever say no to anything or to--God forbid--stand up for themselves. Just be a victim; otherwise you're racist, homophobic, (add term here)... <p> I'm disappointed in you, Harry. Even if it was to be expected. Hypocrite.

  • July 10, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    This movie should be retitled Gay and Gayer

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 10, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Snake Foreskin

    by xalener

    You realize the only people who make themselves look like assholes in these movies really ARE assholes? The college boys in the camper, the stadium full of hicks, all that shit. They deserve it.

  • July 10, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Whoa, criticalbliss...

    by akiraclass

    Let's review..."To say everyone should just "be okay" with ANYTHING is fucking idiotic." Are you serious? This happens every day, with the dems as well as republicans. How many times has Sean Hannity said for example, 'hey, we should be OK with torture--they're bad guys!' Right or wrong, look at FOX or MSNBC in prime time and that's ALL either side is trying to say...so be fair and call the Right 'fucking idiotic' as well, if that's your premise. Which I'm pretty sure it's not, given this next gem: "Liberals like Harry don't want anyone to ever say no to anything or to--God forbid--stand up for themselves." When Democrats stood up and criticized W. during the war for (take your pick), they were criticized for being unpatriotic and giving 'aid to the enemy', etc., but I don't see that stopping the Republicans from criticizing Obama. It's the flamethrowers on both sides that are ruining this country; people can't have a civil debate about ideas without being called stupid, communist, nazi or racist.

  • July 10, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    "[Russell Brand] thinks he's fucking Jack Sparrow."

    by CherryValance

    Okay now, why hasn't that movie been greenlit? There's an original idea I'd pay to see many many times.

  • July 10, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    by CherryValance

    (spoilers)maybe it's not exactly social commentary but I learned something from this movie. It happened during the cage fight/love scene. Those people went to see violence and wound up seeing two guys make out. Now you knew it was meant to piss them off and everything but I didn't realize how much it would freak them out.</p> <p>I've never understood homophobia. I just don't understand how two other adult people "doing stuff" really affects anyone else whether they like or not. But these people were mortified. It never occurred to me, and maybe I'm stupid, but with the word "phobia" right in there I didn't realize they'd actually be scared. One guy look like he was gonna start crying and a couple of women were standing there with their mouths covered like they just witnessed a hit-and-run or something. I still don't understand their reactions but they were really real. So in a way I don't even see "homophobic" people in as bad of a light as I did before. It really does affect them. I can see that now. And even the people in Borat. The ugly Americans, so to speak. They were actually trying to be nice to Borat. I found the humor in the situations without actually laughing AT the people. I'm not sure that SBC meant for us to do that, but I did.

  • July 11, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Phobophobia

    by ReportAbuse

    "I just don't understand how two other adult people 'doing stuff' really affects anyone else whether they like or not." Well, when they do it right in front of a bunch of other people who weren't prepared for it then yeah it might cause some perturbation.

  • July 13, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Loved Borat but Bruno sucked

    by Faust_8

    hate to admit it but this movie sucked. Not funny at all. I was crying I alughed so hard curing Borat, Bruno not so much. And I loved Bruno on Ali G, no magic here

  • July 13, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    i think i may be phobophobophobohpbohpbohpphobic

    by Ash0k

    lol i swear the KoolAid drinkers are thinking of new PC phobias every week

  • July 14, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    eye opening...

    by oojamaflip

    He also went a little too far with the 'eye chatting'... Borat was much better.

  • July 15, 2009, 5:29 a.m. CST

    criticalbliss

    by yeuxdesoir

    how is attacking someone, based on their looks or display of affection to someone of the same sex, the same thing as defending yourself? you arent the victim in that situation, you are causing the problem. Like it or not, homosexuals are real and they are born that way (see the karolynska study two years ago that leaves no room for debate).

  • July 15, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST

    also

    by yeuxdesoir

    read the article about the crews experience over on rotten tomato. they left out the parts where people pulled guns on them or where they hid in shops from angry mobs or the police didnt even want to keep the rednecks from trying to kill them afterward.

  • July 16, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST

    yeuxdesoir>

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    I think a big part of the revulsion is their belief that homosexuality is a choice, infectious and even preferable across the board. Riiiiiiight. It's only preferable if that's the way you swing but the rest of it... Oh sure my mom can go on and on about how cute Nite Owl 2 was when we saw Watchmen but if I dared breath a word on Janey Slater...

  • July 16, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    If your blowing a guy while reading this....

    by jaysin420

    You're still nowhere near as gay as this movie.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Nace haat

    by Doitnowimhere

    It looks graat

  • July 17, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    jaysin420 yo

    by Doitnowimhere

    you like to blaze playa. i see you oh yeah

  • July 23, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    This is...

    by MajorFrontbum

    ...the worst idea for a film character ever. Predictable, stupid and simply not funny at all. Borat was good, Bruno is rubbish!

  • July 24, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    From a UK perspective

    by WT

    I forget who asked this, but here's an even handed approach. First of all this isn't as good as Borat, because it does feel a bit more staged, and doesn't really get going until the second half. Also, Bruno is a less sympathetic character than Borat, lacking his innocence (OK Borat was equally crude, but in terms of personality/approach). Now I love Curb Your Enthusiasm and Christopher Guest films. I hate it when English people say Americans don't get irony because it's untrue. Likewise there is a fair amount of guff on English TV you are fortunate enough not to see (though God knows why you love Benny Hill so much). For me, Bruno lacks a moment like the one where all the people left the Alabama stately home the minute a black woman walked in the door.

  • July 25, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Bruno

    by lanooch29

    Just caught the movie. Am astounded by the sheer audacity of SBC. I thought it was absolutely hilarious from start to finish. The best comedy makes us question our own opininons and values,and,like Borat this movie did. Okay it tends to make the victims appear either boorish or just plain stupid,but how on Earth do these people think they will be portrayed when so obviously duped by a master prankster? Many of my gay friends are debating whether the film is homophobic. I think if anything it is idiot-o-phobic. SBC is to be commended for letting the middle class America make a mockery of itself.Again. Oh and much kudos to Elton,Slash,Sting,Snoop et al for letting us know that IT WAS JUST A JOKE. Although I would like to know whoes baby that was.

  • July 25, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Funny Cliches

    by LeftFoot

    So Sasha does an awkward, odd foreigner & a ridiculously over the top Gay Guy. That itself is completely unoriginal.<p><p> Using comedy stereotypes in contemporary settings to "push" people into 'corners'- that can be funny.<p> I've never seen enough of Ali G to really know what he is about. Might that character be the most contemporary & original?<P>

  • Oct. 16, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    cool

    by Quadio1

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    AWESOME REVIEW HARRY!

    by Half_SharkAligator_Half_Man

    Bet you can't wait for the Blu-Ray!!!