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Monday Review: Bruno

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<p> Brüno brings the funny back After Borat came out, and was the funniest movie in years, the question was how long could the film's star, Sacha Baron Cohen, keep up his trademark comedy of tricking people into thinking he was someone completely different now that he was an international superstar of epic proportions. Even if he did find some people who didn't realize the joke would it still be funny? The answer to the former question, as his new movie Brüno shows, is that he can keep it up for at least one more film, and the answer to the latter question is yes, it's still hilarious. </p><p>Brüno is a character Cohen created for his sketch comedy much like Borat, but Brüno is a gay Austrian fashion reporter with, if it is possible, even less social graces than Borat. In the movie he loses his job as an Austrian reporter and must go to America to find his fame and fortune as a famous actor. Much like Borat the film's story is really just another excuse to run people through the ringer of outrageous interviews and pranks, but unlike Borat, which had a surprising amount of emotional depth to it, Brüno is played far more for surface laughs. Of course emotional depth is hard to get when you're dressed in shirts two sizes to small and booty shorts for a large part of the film. </p><p>Every movie should be judged on its own merits, but not comparing Brüno to Borat is impossible as there are so few films out there that do what they do this well or at all. That being said Brüno is not as good as Borat. It just isn't as fresh and unexpected as the first film, and the film's star is nowhere near as relatable as Borat. That being said the movie is still fall on the floor funny. A step down from almost dying of laughing is still not being able to breathe laughing. Brüno does some pretty hilarious stuff and if the pranks aren't quite as good as Borat's than some of Brüno's lines are better than anything Borat ever said. The final scene involving Brüno and another man stripping each other and making out in the ring at an MMA event is truly hilarious. That is until you think about the crowds reaction, and start getting depressed. </p><p>What Borat showed for race issues in America, Brüno does for sexuality, though not as well. Borat seemed to uncover some pretty nasty truths about American culture far more subtle, whereas Brüno seems just shove his sexual preference in people's faces it makes the film seem like Cohen is tryring too hard at parts to get a rise out of people.Of course he does; the aforementioned scene gets the crowd so angry that they start throwing things at them, including a metal chair. It's pretty depressing to think that people are that vehemently angry about two men kissing that they can't clearly see that it is obviously a joke. Do people actually think that gay men are so sexually active that they'd just start having sex in the middle of an MMA ring, or were they just angry at the actions in general? </p><p>Waxing philosophically about the film's underlying social commentary, the rest of the movie is just as hilarious with some scenes that are sure to be talked about for years to come including a mother who says her baby can lose ten pounds in one week for a photo shoot. Some of the scenes do beg the question of if they were staged or not, but after the first ten minutes or so you're laughing too hard to really care. </p><p>Clicks for beer money</p>
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About Matthew Razakone of us since 2:04 PM on 04.03.2009

Matthew Razak is the Editor-in-Chief here at Flixist, meaning he gets to take credit for all this awesome even though its really the rest of the amazing staff that gets it done. He started as a community member back in the early days of Destructoid and bugged his way into writing for the site while being the Managing Editor over at That VideoGame Blog. He was also writing as a film critic for a local newspaper in the DC area and for Examiner.com. Finally after seven years of thinking silently to himself why the Modern Method network doesn't have a movie site he told Niero that we should start one. At the same time Fronz had been telling him to start a movie site too. The two of them teamed up with Niero's go ahead and now we have Flixist.

Matthew is totally open to any movie of any genre, but his wheelhouse is horror, action and James Bond. Doesn't sound too respectable but he's also got a fancy film degree from Vassar College and he's a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Society so that makes him semi-official in some capacity. He just really like movies and hopes that's enough to let you trust his opinion on them slightly.

He get asked these questions a lot when he tells people he writes for a movie blog, so:

Favorite movie: Evil Dead 2

Favorite franchise: Bond

OK, Favorite Bond movie: From Russia With Love

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