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"BRÜNO"
(2009) (Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate Mild Extreme None Mild
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Heavy None None Heavy Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Mild Mild Heavy Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: After being fired from his job as a fashion reporter, a gay Austrian travels to the United States where he hopes to become famous, including trying to go straight so that he can become a star.
PLOT:
Brüno (SACHA BARON COHEN) is a gay Austrian fashion reporter known for his flamboyant behavior. When he's fired for disrupting a fashion show and after his assistant and flight attendant lover, Diesel (CLIFFORD BANAGALE), leaves him, Brüno sets off for the United States with his new assistant, Lutz (GUSTAF HAMMARSTEN).

Once in America, Brüno sets out to make himself famous however he can, including by "adopting" a young African boy he names O.J. (CHIBUNDU & CHIGOZIE ORUKWOWU). When he realizes he needs to be straight in order to become a Hollywood star, he does what he can to make that happen, including visits to gay to straight conversion specialists, martial arts instructors, and even a swingers' party for tips on being heterosexual.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
The offensive and outrageous nature of the comedy might draw teens, especially if they're fans of Sacha Baron Cohen and his previous work, including "Borat."
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
Considering what occurs in the film, it's unlikely many, if any parents would consider any of the major characters as good role models for kids.
CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
Here's a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated comedy. Profanity consists of at least 25 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue and all sorts of sexually related material (much of it gay-related) occurs throughout the film, including heterosexual and homosexual encounters where black boxes have been superimposed over the areas showing genital and/or anal contact. A man pretends to have homosexual contact with a person who isn't there (done in a graphic fashion), while male and female full frontal and rear nudity is also present, including close-ups of male frontal.

Comedy based violence is present (with a little bit of bloody results), as is behavior that might be enticing for some kids to imitate (particularly for laughs), while all sorts of bad attitudes are also present. Drinking and smoking occur, while a drug related comment is made, and some crude humor is present.

Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's some of that from camera flashes.

For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, all sorts of handheld camerawork occurs in the film.


ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • During a montage of homosexual acts with his lover, we see Brüno holding up Diesel and pouring champagne from the bottle that's been inserted in his rear.
  • Brüno and his agent have champagne.
  • Brüno offers politician Ron Paul some champagne, stating that there's no ice bucket, but he knows where to put the bottle (a reference to the above anal scene).
  • About trying to broker a peace deal between Arabs and Israelis, Brüno states that he didn't have enough ecstasy for everyone.
  • We see a photo of Brüno's baby in a hot tub with Brüno and other men who are all holding drinks.
  • About an earlier sexual encounter, Brüno explains that was due to "carb goggles" and that he was "high" on snack food.
  • Various people drink at a swingers' party.
  • Miscellaneous people drink beer (and later throw it at the contestants) at a cage fight.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Brüno vomits into an urn.
  • Brüno goes to an "anal bleaching salon" where we see him on all fours with his pants down, while a female worker waxes and bleaches him there (we don't see the actual contact, but do see the side of his bare butt). Brüno talks of another place where the workers were exhausted after waxing Selma Hayek's pubic area, saying they got enough to stuff a mattress. While he talks his agent on the phone, Brüno tells the woman if she could take her finger out of his "ass" (not seen).
  • There's more talk of Brüno previously getting his anus bleached.
  • Brüno, posing as a straight cage fighter, repeatedly comments on his heterosexuality, including that "my asshole's just for sh*tting" (repeating what is seen on a viewer's shirt).
  • Lutz has a bloody mouth during a cage fight with Brüno.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Most of the following is played for intended comedy:
  • Some viewers may be offended by Cohen's portrayal of a stereotypical "flaming" gay man, while he's out to show the bad attitudes of various homophobic and/or anti-gay people, including various religious types. Terms such as "fag," "faggot," "queen(s)," "queer" and such are used in the film.
  • During Brüno's show, he states that autism is now in, and chlamydia is out.
  • Brüno prods a man to do an intro for Brüno's show, telling him to do it like a black guy, so the man does (with profanity, etc.).
  • Brüno states he wants to be the biggest Austrian superstar since Hitler.
  • Brüno states he wants to be the biggest gay star since Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Brüno disrupts a filmed scene for a TV show where he's an extra (by overacting, lighting up a cigarette, etc.).
  • With no furniture for his TV interview, Brüno hires some Mexicans to work as chairs, with him and Paula Abdul sitting on them (the men are on their hands and knees), and another serves as a drink tray. We then see another man wheeled in lying prone on a table with food all over his body.
  • Brüno refers to Mel Gibson as "The Fuehrer."
  • During footage of his program that's being shown to a focus group of men and women, we see Brüno discussing a sonogram of an unborn baby with a woman, with talk of it being a white trash fetus. Brüno then asks if the kid is "retarded," the woman concurs, and Brüno then asks, "Keep it or abort it?"
  • About test footage of Brüno's pending TV program, one viewer wrote that it was worse than cancer.
  • After Brüno surprises politician Ron Paul by trying to seduce him in a hotel room, Paul storms out and refers to him as a "queer."
  • Listing which celebrities got which causes, Brüno states, "And Bono got AIDS."
  • Brüno refers to the Middle East as "Middle Earth" and tries to broker a peace deal between the Arabs and Israelis, eventually singing a song with the lyric, "Don't kill each other, shoot Christians."
  • Brüno angers Jews in Israel by mocking their garb, dressed in a standard hat, but also a vest and small shorts.
  • Brüno and Lutz pick up their luggage from an airport baggage carousel, including elephant tusks, one elephant foot, and a cardboard box with holes in it containing a young black baby.
  • Brüno interviews various parents who want their kids to be in show business, stating that his own child will be up on a crucifix as baby Jesus. Other parents agree to all sorts of outrageous and/or dangerous proposals for their children, including one who says their 30 pound child can get down to 20 pounds and undergo liposuction if that doesn't work. Another agrees to have theirs pose as a Nazi officer pushing another child (posing as a Jew) in a wheelbarrow into an oven.
  • Brüno rides off a scooter with his new baby in front of him (swerving into traffic) and then goes on a TV show where the audience is predominantly African-American and he shows off his black baby who he named "O.J." that he swapped for an iPod, and wears a T-shirt that reads "Gayby." He then comments on the people of Africa being African-Americans, and that his baby is "a real d*ck magnet" (for Brüno) all of which angers the audience. We also see still photos of the baby partly covered in bees (while Brüno is in a bee suit), of the baby on a crucifix while other babies are dressed like Roman soldiers with swords, and the baby in a hot tub with Brüno and other men, including one who's upside down in another man's face, thus putting his rear and/or penis at face level. We later see a still photo of Lutz and Brüno securely seated in a roller coaster with Brüno holding the baby up in the air during the ride.
  • We see anti-gay demonstrators holding up signs such as "God hates fags."
  • Brüno comments (sarcasm on the part of the film) about Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kevin Spacey being straight actors.
  • A male martial arts instructor states that gay people are like terrorists in that you can't always identify them.
  • While in military training, Brüno is told to salute, so he does the standard "Heil Hitler" one.
  • A new gay to straight conversion specialist talks to Brüno about women, saying they're necessary but irritating and such.
  • A woman wants to have sex with Brüno and when he's too tentative, she starts whacking him hard with a strap, eventually causing him to throw himself through a closed window to escape.
  • People yell out homophobic slurs (including "faggot") and throw stuff at Brüno and Lutz when they start making out rather than fight during a cage fight.
  • Lutz poses as a female bride (in a wedding gown) as he and Brüno try to get married in California.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • A miscellaneous person is seen from a distance holding a machine gun or the equivalent.
  • We see a photo of Brüno's baby on a crucifix while other babies are dressed like Roman soldiers with swords.
  • Some hunters fire their rifles and we then see Brüno holding up a dead rabbit.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "F*ck, man," "F*ck off," "Get in the f*cking tent," "Get the f*ck out of here," "No f*cking queer sh*t," "Sit the f*ck down," "Don't f*ck around," "F*cking sh*t," "F*ck that sh*t," "Sh*t-hole," "You tried to make my face pregnant," "Could you take your finger out of my ass," "I couldn't even schtup RuPaul," what sounded like "Eyeful of spoonken" (semen), "Gayby," "He's a real d*ck magnet," "With a PhD in sucking d*ck," "C*ckaholics anonymous," what sounded like "coocle sack" (scrotum), "Balls," "Worst piece of crap I've ever seen," "Queer," "Queen(s)," "Take it easy, girlfriend," "No, fool," "I'm committing carbicide," "You can be a general in the bitch army," "I don't give a G*ddamn," "Ass kicking," "My asshole's just for sh*tting" and "Faggot."
  • Cohen's act as Brüno (foreign accent, exaggerated gay-related behavior, etc.) might be enticing for kids to imitate for attempted laughs.
  • The film could inspire kids to try to imitate or create their own kind of ambush humor where the intent is to shock others through outrageous and/or offensive material.
  • Brüno wears a Velcro suit and then gets stuck on all sorts of things.
  • Brüno visits a psychic and asks if he can kiss his supposedly contacted-from-the-hereafter Milli (Rob Pilatus from "Milli Vanilli"). The male psychic says yes, so Brüno acts as if he's French kissing the invisible male spirit, followed by the motion of dropping the invisible man's pants, licking his penis, spitting in his hand for lubrication for a "hand job," licking the testicles, spreading the man's butt cheeks to lick his anus (while reaching around to stimulate his penis), and then performing oral sex (including gagging a bit and then acting as if some semen got into his eye -- he comments about an eyeful of what sounded like "spoonken").
  • Brüno eats lots of desert and states he's committing carbicide, and later comments on having worn "carb goggles."
  • Various miscellaneous characters have tattoos.
  • While in military training, Brüno is told to salute, so he does the standard "Heil Hitler" one.
  • Mad people appear to give "the finger" to the camera.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song includes several uses of the "f" word used with "mother."
  • A song during the end credits has the line "just make lover forever," that the North and South Koreans should stop fighting as they're basically Chinese, and there's at least 1 use of the "f" word.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 25 "f" words (4 used with "mother," 1 used sexually as are several uses of "schtup"), 12 "s" words, 4 slang terms using female genitals ("p*ssy" and "vageena"), 3 using male ones ("d*ck" and "c*ck"), 7 asses (3 used with "hole"), 1 crap, and 2 uses each of "G-damn" and "Oh my God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Most of the following is played for intended comedy:
  • Under the opening credits, we see brief homosexual caressing.
  • We see Brüno in small shorts that show part of the lower section of his bare butt.
  • Brüno prods a man to do an intro for Brüno's show, wanting him to show one of his "balls," but the guy only shows his pubic hair by lowering the front of his pants down to the point.
  • Brüno wears a full piece, cloth-type outfit that has a covered penis and scrotum on the front.
  • We see a male model wearing just small shorts while reclining in a glass box of some sort.
  • Brüno mentions his seven minutes of love with Milli (Rob Pilatus from "Milli Vanilli").
  • We see a montage of Brüno and his male lover, Diesel, engaged in sexual acts. That includes Diesel on a stationary exercise bike where his pedaling moves a pole (with a dildo on the end) in and out of Brüno's rear (a black circle is visually superimposed over the actual contact area); Brüno using a fire extinguisher inserted into Diesel's rear (ditto the black circle); Brüno stretching the long rubber bands on a huge slingshot so that he's propelled -- butt first -- back onto his lover's unseen penis (another black circle); Brüno spinning Diesel around like a clock hand on his penis (black circle); that man using a dust buster type device on Brüno's penis and scrotum (fully seen flapping around inside that); and Diesel with a bottle of champagne up his butt and Brüno picking him up and pouring the champagne from that position.
  • Brüno tries to get into a fashion show but is refused, and he tells the man that they had sex nine times and "you tried to make my face pregnant."
  • Another man pats Brüno's former male lover on his clothed butt.
  • After Lutz pleads to be his new main assistant, Brüno asks if he's going to wake up with Lutz masturbating over him, with Lutz replying he promises not to wake him up.
  • Brüno adjusts his unseen penis (we see the bulge) that's down his pants leg.
  • We see the top of the back of Brüno's thong as his pants partially ride down.
  • Brüno goes to an "anal bleaching salon" where we see him on all fours with his pants down, while a female worker waxes and bleaches him there (we don't see the actual contact, but do see the side of his bare butt). Brüno talks of another place where the workers were exhausted after waxing Selma Hayek's pubic area, saying they got enough to stuff a mattress. While he talks his agent on the phone, Brüno tells the woman if she could take her finger out of his "ass" (not seen).
  • We see a fully nude man wheeled out prone on a table with food all over him and what appears to be a condom on his penis.
  • Paula Abdul shows cleavage.
  • Brüno stares at Lutz's clothed butt as the latter bends over.
  • During footage of his program that's being shown to a focus group of men and women, we see Brüno dancing around in small and Speedo type shorts (with pelvic thrusting, etc.) and then a close-up of his penis flapping around in all directions. It then sticks straight out straight toward the camera, and the small opening on the end shouts, "Brüno!"
  • About test footage of Brüno's pending TV program, one viewer wrote that the only way Brüno will get famous is with a sex tape, and we then hear Brüno repeat that to Lutz. We next see Brüno preparing to do a TV interview with politician Ron Paul, but when a light blows out, they're asked to go into another room to wait. That turns out to be a hotel room where Brüno starts putting the moves on the politician who's initially unaware of what's occurring. During that, Brüno offers Paul some champagne, stating that there's no ice bucket, but he knows where to put the bottle (a reference to the above anal scene), starts dancing around (including with his butt out toward Paul), and then drops his pants (revealing his small briefs). Paul storms out, angry about the "queer," while Brüno laments that he couldn't even "schtup" RuPaul (confusing the cross-dresser with the politician).
  • Brüno visits a psychic and asks if he can kiss his supposedly contacted-from-the-hereafter Milli (Rob Pilatus from "Milli Vanilli"). The male psychic says yes, so Brüno acts as if he's French kissing the invisible male spirit, followed by the motion of dropping the invisible man's pants, licking his penis, spitting in his hand for lubrication for a "hand job," licking the testicles, spreading the man's butt cheeks to lick his anus (while reaching around to stimulate his penis), and then performing oral sex (including gagging a bit and then acting as if some semen got into his eye -- he comments about an eyeful of what sounded like "spoonken").
  • Two miscellaneous women show cleavage.
  • We see Lutz pedaling the stationary bicycle attached to the dildo-equipped prod that rocks a baby's crib.
  • Brüno goes on a talk show with his baby, talks about being gay, that his baby is "a real d*ck magnet" (for Brüno), and we see a still photo of the baby in a hot tub with Brüno and other men, including one who's upside down in another man's face, thus putting his rear and/or penis at face level.
  • Lutz carries Brüno out of a restaurant on his back and complains about Brüno's hairbrush poking him, prompting Brüno to state that's not his hairbrush. The next morning, they wake up, bound together in S&M garb (in the spoons position with Brüno behind Lutz who has an elaborate gag in his mouth). Hotel personnel then arrive, with Brüno wanting them to unlock their cuffs, but those men want nothing to do with that, and Brüno complains that he should be in this same position with someone with "a PhD in sucking d*ck," while the TV remote is stuck between a set of one's bare butt cheeks. That's followed by a view of Brüno and Lutz still dressed and attached that way, walking outside through an anti-gay demonstration and then onto a bus where Brüno ends up on top of Lutz on the floor (we see most of Brüno's bare butt in his thong or jock strap type bottom). Later, Brüno tells Lutz that their encounter was due to "carb goggles" and that he was high on snack food.
  • We see Brüno dragging along racks of clothes as well as his aforementioned dildo prod device.
  • Brüno says he needs to go to "c*ckaholics anonymous" and then is seen with a gay to straight conversion specialist. Brüno asks the man if he (Brüno) can play the clarinet, with the specialist replying only if it doesn't remind him of what he puts his lips around. Brüno then asks about a flute and then other woodwind instruments up one's rear end (using slang for that), with the man saying no as that would be dangerous, but Brüno replies only if one would loose the reed.
  • Brüno visits a martial arts instructor and informs the man that he needs to learn how to defend himself against gays who "want to schtup me." The man says they'll probably attack from behind, so he shows Brüno what to do in that case, with the joke being that Brüno is coming on to that man in increasingly exaggerated ways. That includes lying on top of the man (both clothed throughout) and trying to pull down his pants, and then coming at him with a dildo. He then asks if it would harder to defend against a black dildo, and we then see him doing that, and then with both, and then with both while wearing one in the front of his pants.
  • Brüno questions a gay to straight conversion specialist, making sure he's not gay as he tells the man he has "blow job lips."
  • A military drill sergeant badgers Brüno as a new grunt, yelling at him for having his fingers over a line on the floor. The sergeant yells at him, "Your fingers are in my alley," with Brüno slyly responding, "Not yet" and then telling another such military man he could be a general in the "bitch army."
  • Brüno wears something resembling a jock strap that shows part of his bare butt.
  • While with some hunters, Brüno states he never killed an animal, but once suffocated a hamster (a gay joke).
  • Trying to act heterosexual, Brüno chats with some male hunters about liking "vageenas" (vaginas). He then states he doesn't want to wake up with a torn "ashen hole" (or something sounding like that, meaning "asshole"), with one of the men agreeing. Later, and referring to the starry night sky, Brüno states that it reminds him of hot guys in the world. Later (and seen through a green, night vision camera), Brüno sneaks over to one hunter's tent and informs him that another hunter is gay and the two of them (Brüno and the one he's talking to) should share the latter's tent for safety. That doesn't happen, and we later see a distant view of Brüno returning to that same tent, fully nude, stating that a bear ate all of his clothes, leaving him with just a condom. Nothing happens, however, as the hunter curses at him and storm out of his tent.
  • Brüno states that he's repulsed by the idea of "making sex" with a woman.
  • Brüno attends a swingers' party and asks questions of a straight guy there, with the talk going to that of positions, such as missionary and "reverse cowgirl." The man then demonstrates that to Brüno (who sits on the man's lap - both are clothed during all of this -- first facing away, and then toward him in the regular "cowgirl" position). The man then mentions "69" and "pile-driver," followed by "doggy style," with Brüno convincing the man to demo that, and he briefly does behind Brüno with some pelvic thrusting.
  • Brüno then walks through the house, observing various sexual encounters. All have direct genital contact blocked out by black boxes and such superimposed over those areas, but one can easily tell what's occurring. One such view has three people pleasing one (one with their head between her legs), while several others show parts of the above "reverse cowgirl" position (we can see movement and hear the women's sexual sounds). We then see other such views, including rear-entry sex, with those involved a bit perturbed with Brüno for watching and chatting but not participating, telling him it's about "f*cking" and "p*ssy." One woman then takes Brüno into a room, strips off all of her clothes (we see full frontal and rear nudity) and Brüno comments on her enormous breasts (and the amount of milk she must have in them). She then starts to undress him, but when he's too tentative, she starts whacking him hard with a strap, and lifts one leg up, telling him to get on his knees and perform down in her pubic area. After she strips off his clothes down to briefs that then reveal another pair of briefs below them, Brüno throws himself out a closed window to escape.
  • Brüno, posing as a straight cage fighter, rips the clothes off two female models there, revealing them in small bikinis (all part of the show). He then repeatedly comments on his heterosexuality, including that "my asshole's just for sh*tting" (repeating what is seen on a viewer's shirt). Brüno and Lutz battle in a cage fight, with punching and other struggling, leaving Lutz with a bloody mouth. After a few moments, however, the two passionately kiss, with Brüno undressing Lutz and kissing his nipple before dropping his pants, with both eventually ending up in their small briefs on the canvas. All of that infuriates many viewers who throw beer, other stuff and even a chair against and into the cage.
  • A song during the end credits has the line "just make lover forever."
  • SMOKING
  • Brüno smokes at least twice (once with a hookah), while some minor/miscellaneous characters (including guitarist Slash) also smoke.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Brüno is upset when his "adopted" baby is taken away from him by child protective services.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The concept of shock humor where outrageous and/or offensive material is used in attempts to elicit laughs.
  • If Cohen's over-the-top portrayal of a gay man is offensive, is used to point out homophobia among others, or both.
  • Homosexuality and homophobia.
  • Parents who will do anything to get their kids in show business (a brief segment in the film satirizes that).
  • VIOLENCE
  • Most of the following is played for intended comedy:
  • With some sort of material over his head blocking his view, Brüno accidentally runs into a pillar.
  • Brüno briefly struggles with some security personnel at a TV show (after his baby is taken away from him).
  • A woman wants to have sex with Brüno and when he's too tentative, she starts whacking him hard with a strap, eventually causing him to throw himself through a closed window to escape.
  • Brüno and Lutz battle in a cage fight, with punching and other struggling, leaving Lutz with a bloody mouth. After a few moments, however, the two passionately kiss, with Brüno undressing Lutz and kissing his nipple before dropping his pants, with both eventually ending up in their small briefs on the canvas. All of that infuriates many viewers who throw beer, other stuff and even a chair against and into the cage.



  • Reviewed July 7, 2009 / Posted July 10, 2009

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