Monday, December 16, 2013


2009 American Feature

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale and Josh Meyers
Director: Larry Charles
Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer and Jeff Schaffer (screenplay), Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines and Dan Mazer (story), based on the character created by Sacha Baron Cohen

After über gay Austrian fashion reporter Brüno Gehard is fired from his television show Funkytime with Brüno, he travels to the United States to become "the biggest gay Austrian superstar since Arnold Schwarzenegger".


  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 67% / Audience: 42%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 54% / Audience: 5.9%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available


  • Like Ali G Indahouse and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan before it, Brüno is a mockumentary featuring a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen for his television series Da Ali G Show.
  • Reportedly, Sacha Baron Cohen suffered a severe reaction to hydrogen peroxide after bleaching his anus in preparation for the role of Brüno. He also shaved off all his body hair.
  • Several famous people appear as themselves, both credited and uncredited, in Brüno, including Paula Abdul, Bono, Snoop Dogg, Harrison Ford, Elton John, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Paul, Miguel Sandoval, Slash and Sting.
  • Prior to its release, Hollywood news and gossip blog Defamer jokingly reported that the film was titled Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt, a reference to the extended title of Sacha Baron Cohen's previous film Borat. Several other sources, including the Internet Movie Database, cited the mock title as genuine.
  • Following the sudden death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, a scene with Michael's sister La Toya Jackson was hastily removed from the US theatrical version of the film before its Hollywood premiere later that evening. The scene is included in the film's DVD and Blu-ray bonus features.
  • In a staged publicity stunt at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen appeared as Brüno to present an award. Dressed as a winged angel wearing a jockstrap and white go-go boots, he was suspended on wires and flew over the audience towards the stage, but fell and landed on rapper Eminem, with his head in Eminem's lap and his buttocks in front of Eminem's face. Eminem shouted profanities and then he and his entourage walked out of the show and did not return. It was later revealed that Eminem and Baron Cohen had staged the incident, rehearsing it beforehand to make sure it went off without a hitch.
  • Had the highest opening weekend gross for a film with an openly gay character in the lead role with $30.6 million. The previous record-holder was The Birdcage, with $18.3 million.
  • Banned in the Ukraine for containing "obscene language, homosexual scenes, and other scenes of offensive nature never shown in Ukraine."
  • Some GLBT groups criticized the character as perpetuating stereotypes while simultaneously enlightening institutionalised homophobia issues. The official statement of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) stated, "Sacha Baron Cohen's well-meaning attempt at satire is problematic in many places and outright offensive in others".
  • In 2010, it was revealed that the Motion Picture Association of America's Classification and Rating Administration would specifically note in the future which films contained "male nudity." A spokesman said this was in direct response to parental concerns about the content of Brüno.

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