Saying no to "Bruno"
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Saying no to "Bruno"

We saw Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” twice. Besides being howlingly funny, it fulfilled its subtitle: “Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” for as the naïf Kazakh journalist Borat travels the “glorious nation of America,” he does learn about its culture – and so, often uncomfortably, do we.

But “Brüno” is a mess. It’s as if Baron Cohen had let his id go wild, with barely a nod to his intellect – which, as we can see from “Borat” and some rare moments in this film, is very fine.

The film is close to pornographic – and what is worse, tediously so. The few witty interludes – the real interview with a former Mossad agent and a Palestinian academic during which Baron Cohen’s character “confuses” hummus with Hamas is priceless – are not enough to raise this misbegotten movie from the dregs. (And by the way, the interviewees were paid for their participation and signed releases – although they were not let in on the joke.)

We’re sure that “Brüno” will rake in millions of dollars (and pounds and marks and euros and yen and even shekels), but it’s not worth a movie ticket (even with a senior discount).

Please, Sacha Baron Cohen: You have a remarkable gift. Don’t waste it on chazerei.

RKB

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