Is there nothing better than watching some idiot’s life get ruined as he spews intense bigotry and hatred towards a completely fictional character, gets caught on camera, and shown to audiences around the world? I declare to you that there is not. Somehow I take great solace in knowing that those frat stars from the Winnebago in Borat will never be able to go anywhere without somebody saying, “Hey, look, it’s those fucktards.” They can’t look at a woman now without getting a glare of revulsion, and any dreams of ‘pussy chasing,’ and perhaps, a ‘future in politics’ got crotch kicked by a Jew acting like an antisemitic Kazakhi reporter. Now, in Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up film, we’re introduced to a flambuoyantly homosexual Austrian fashion reporter named Bruno, as he trounces through America, makes people wildly uncomfortable by being completely socially inept, and lures hate speech from the ignorant; using himself as the perfect bait.
Early reviews are positive, many saying it’s funnier, filthier, and more controversial than Borat. Excellent, just what I wanted. There’s already been an uproar from the gay community dubbing the character as ‘offensive.’ I’d like to point out the hypocrisy here, since I know they weren’t complaining at all when he was portraying Kazakhstan as a shit-hole of a country, and it’s citizens as ignorant, backwards inbreds. Not only that, but the whole point of Bruno the character is to be pro-gay, and show some of the prejudice they come up against. Yeah he’s exaggerated, and yes he’s flabbergasting, but it’s all in good fun. Though I think if you’re a sensitive soul, you’re probably guaranteed to be offended by this film. You’re also a tight ass, so get over it.
There was a scene that featured some light jabs at Michael Jackson, but when he died (did you hear about it?) they rushed to get it edited out of the movie. Hopefully it will be in the deleted scenes.
One problem I have with this movie and its predecessor is the audience’s desire to extrapolate the views of those in the film to the masses. I caution against this; Cohen searches out the most bigoted and foolish and exploits them. And when they aren’t terrible people, Cohen pushes them until they appear to be so. For instance, in the rodeo scene in Borat, we’re supposed to laugh at the people booing him, assuming it’s racial intolerance and a redneck, hick-ish, conservative thing to do. But is it really unreasonable to boo somebody who does what he did to the National Anthem? Or at the dinner party, his hosts showed levels of extreme toleration, even when he brought his bag full of dookie to the table. But he continued to push until they appeared to be mean, white, racists. It’s an hilarious tactic, and I’m not saying we shouldn’t enjoy the comedy, but I don’t want this to be seen as a looking glass into the American soul.
Look forward to a scene involving then-presidential candidate Ron Paul, a scene where a very famous person immediately recognizes Cohen, and some extended shots of full-frontal male nudity.
And then wait for the DVD when we get to see the star get escorted out of a huge crowd, because somebody picked up on his antics.
All in all, Bruno sounds like an hysterically, satirically, disgustingly funny movie. Expect it to pass The Hangover as top-grossing comedy of the summer.
Excitement Buzz: 8.9/10
And the tamer, PG-13 competitor of the weekend is the teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper, starring Heroes poster girl Hayden Pannettiere and costarring some guy who doesn’t matter (for the record, his name is Paul Rust, and he actually looks like he might be pretty funny). In this high-school rom-com, Denis Cooverman (Rust) proclaims his love for his hot, popular classmate Beth Cooper (Pannettiere) during his valedictorian speech. She decides to show him a good time (and a little bit more… Look forward to the shower scene, though remember it’s still PG-13, and cry as you want the camera to pan just…a few…inches…south), all the while being chased by her older, meaner boyfriend.
I’m fairly certain Pannettierre has yet to not play a cheerleader, and her looks are definitely her strongest suit, but she’s still a fine enough actress for something like this. I’m not sure how she acts off screen (read: Lindsay Lohan), but she plays the hot, sassy girl like a pro. I wonder how she learned.
So is it box office suicide putting this movie up against Bruno, or is it brilliant? Expect highly inflated numbers, as every teen under seventeen buys tickets for this to sneak into the rated R movie (many people think Wild Wild West stole a lot of revenue from South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut) And after they’ve seen that, they might actually come back for this film as well. Double the ticket purchases, baby, money in Hayden’s pocket. She’ll use it to call me long distance, I’m sure.
Excitement buzz: 6.5/10