Cohen Keeps Social Commentary Going in Hilarious Film 'Bruno'

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Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film, "Bruno," directed by Larry Charles, definitely won't disappoint fans of "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" with an amount of vulgar humor rarely seen on the big screen. The movie pushes the envelope as far as the envelope could possibly be pushed, making the film as hilarious as ever but still giving viewers insight on the prejudice occurring in this country, despite what many like to believe about the United States.

"Bruno" follows the endeavors of a homosexual Austrian fashion reporter on a mission to become the most famous gay star of his time. Due to a mishap with his Velcro suit and an Agatha Ruiz de la Prada fashion show, Bruno gets fired from his position as host of the top-rated late night fashion show viewed in German-speaking countries (apart from Germany) and decides to set out with his loyal assistant, Lutz (Gustaf Hammarsten), to Los Angeles to pursue his lifelong dream.

The plot takes a turn, however, when Bruno has an epiphany-all the biggest stars are straight. His new goal becomes to "convert" to a life of heterosexuality, and his solution to this is "to find a cockaholics anonymous." The rest of the movie centers around the activities he partakes in to become straight, but of course, Bruno's love of men with big "schawasenstuckes" prevails.

"Bruno," though only a crude comedy at first glance, brings to the big screen some of the hottest issues of today and challenges them in a way that makes audiences find the humor in humorless issues, from the topic of homophobia to crazy parents. Cohen even creates a scene showcasing the conflict between Israel and Palestine in which Bruno asks Israeli writer and analyst Yossi Alpher "Why don't you like hummus?," confusing the delicious food with Hamas, the Palestinian movement. He keeps viewers on their toes, showing that nobody is immune to prejudice with a scene where he enrages a crowd of African Americans on the show "Today with Richard Bey" with his ignorance of African culture but turns the tables when they show their own prejudice when he speaks of trying to find the perfect man.

Though "Bruno" has faced a number of accusations from certain members of the gay community as actually promoting homophobia, it is obvious from Bruno's actions and interviews with various figures that he is indeed making a satire of the issue. The rumoured title, "Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt" is enough to show Cohen's desire to make a comedy of the issue. From the start, he sets out to make public figures who have never been called homophobes feel completely uncomfortable in his presence, showing that prejudice against homosexuality is far more prevalent than we would like to think.

Beyond the main topic of homophobia, Cohen makes a point to show viewers how far off some everyday Americans' thinking may be. Each interview has a purpose of its own, tackling a differenct issue without giving viewers a moment to pause from the laughter of the previous scene. Armed with his dildo machine and fabulous accent, the fame-crazed fashion reporter is obscenely funny while raising awareness of some of today's social problems, making "Bruno" quite a unique and hysterical experience.

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