DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Bruno DVD Doesn’t Measure Up to Borat
Borat, a shock comedy chronicling the misadventures of a crass journalist from
Wonders do cease. For Cohen’s is back as Bruno, an aggressively-gay Austrian who comes to
This begs the question, if Cohen is not posing as gay here to elicit authentic, homophobic responses to expose bigotry, what exactly is his reason for filling the screen with the feigned reactions of folks pretending to be outraged by Bruno’s flamboyance? Unfortunately, the character’s over the top antics seem designed more to inflame passions and thus encourage gay-bashing than to teach any sorely-needed lessons about tolerance.
For example, very effeminate Bruno takes an orphan he’s adopted overseas onto a Jerry Springer-ish TV talk show and informs the host that he has given the toddler a traditional African name, “O.J.” In addition, the child is dressed in a shirt emblazoned with the word “Gayby,” suggesting that he plans to raise the boy to be a homosexual. Such a deliberate provocation proves to be red meat for the mostly black audience which predictably erupts into rage.
Because such scenes seem staged, one has to wonder exactly what emotions they are supposed to evoke, for Bruno is neither funny nor clever, just a terminally-annoying jerk. An over-indulgence in vulgarity of no redeeming social value apt to set back gay-straight relations.
Poor (0 stars)
Rated R for profanity, sexuality, pervasive crude humor and graphic nudity.
Running time: 82 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: An hour of alternative, deleted and extended scenes, enhanced commentary by Sacha Baron Cohen and the director, and an interview with