Bruno: Film # 130 of Film 365

Thursday 26th January 2012

Director: Larry Charles
Year: 2009
Stars: Sacha Baren Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten

This film is stupid. And not in the way that Talladega Nights is stupid. It's depressingly stupid. The most depressing thing about it is that there are rare moments of insight, and even brilliance, in here. The more subtle parody (the scene featuring the talk show, the scenes with the reverend), are great to watch. That's not to say these are particularly subtle moments - just more subtle than the rest of this sledgehammer of a movie. But if Bruno had been that movie, I'd be singing its praises.

Unfortunately, it isn't. Cohen plays Bruno, a gay man who wants to be famous. So he spends the movie trying to be famous and having gay sex in equal measures. It's meant to be funny, but it just goes way too far. Where Borat manages to offend nobody by offending everybody, this is depressing and may well offend everybody - if only because of its awfulness. Give it a miss.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

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