Bruno had been circuiting around the entertainment industry as a hilarious social satire, much like actor Sasha Baron Cohen’s other overrated film, Borat. I wanted to see what the hype was all about, and I must say that the film is shockingly funny. It will, of course, spark controversy amongst viewers. Bruno is about a gay Austrian fashion reporter and his need to be famous after his fall from grace at a fashion show. He travels to America to obtain his goal and we see very good social commentary on homophobia and the ridiculousness of the fashion industry and the celebrity world. Many of the scenes were so hard to watch but laugh-out funny like the focus group scene, Straight Dave cage fight scene, straight-gay conversion sessions, the talk show concerning Black America, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the Paula Abdul interview, and the attempt of a sex tape with politician Ron Paul. The only legitimate complaint I’ve heard is that GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) protested against the film for it’s perpetuating stereotypes of the LGBT community in light of the Prop 8 events. While it is damaging to our plight, I believe the mockery leads more to the reactions of homophobic America. As such, Bruno is really funny, but I wouldn’t watch it again in theaters.
My Rating: B