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Running Time:
1 hour, 23 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Both outrageously offensive and offensively outrageous, and although it will turn off some audiences, it is often quite hilarious.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:
Go behind the cameras! - For the first time ever, Sascha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles reveal how they pulled off their dangerous stunts with celebrities, politicians and other unsuspecting people; Deleted scenes; Alternative scenes; Extended scenes.

Sacha Baron Cohen  ("Borat") plays yet another of his alter egos - Brüno, a brown-and-blond-coiffed gay TV reporter from Austria, who fancies himself as "the voice of Austrian youth TV" and who becomes the star of a Euro television fashion show, "Funkyzeit." After he’s fired from his TV show because his Velcro outfit created a major incident at a fashion show in Milan, he's "schwartzlisted," and decides to leave Vienna and go off to LA with his trusty German assistant Lutz (Gustaf Hammersten) to become, in his words, “the biggest gay movie star since Schwarzenegger.”

He gets a job as the host of a TV talk show where guest Paula Abdul quickly exits after being served sushi from the body of a naked Mexican. Then
Brüno makes a half-hearted attempt to go straight “just like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kevin Spacey,” by bringing in a focus group to give their verdicts on a disgusting television show which he has produced and which is particularly outrageous.

At one point Brüno becomes chained to his assistant for a bit of bondage and then they try to board a bus naked. There’s a wrestling match in a cave and a swingers’ party that swings in unexpected directions, then he stalks Harrison Ford who tells him to buzz off. Next he tries to seduce the former Presidential candidate Ron Paul, and there’s a hilarious audition scene when, acting as the producer of a film, he tells the proud parents of a prospective cast member that their son would be expected to dress as a Nazi and push a baby in a wheelbarrow into an oven. The mother’s unexpected response is: “That’s fine as long as he gets the gig.”

Most of the laughs come from watching the consternation and reactions  of people who are not in on the joke, but after Borat which was also directed by Larry Charles, it’s clear many people are a lot wiser, so they must have had to work even harder to film many of the outlandish, but often quite amusing sequences.

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