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Movie Review: Bruno

Alternate Title: Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Story: This quite possibly was the worst film I have ever seen. The only reason we did not walk out was because we were going out for dinner after the movie and it was too early to eat.

The film (and I use that term loosely) was borderline pornographic with even less of a plot than most triple X films. It was an insulting train wreck. A meandering, directionless (credit to director Larry Charles), sophomoric, scattershot piece of crap. The only good news was that it was short.

Sacha Baron Cohen reintroduces one of his characters, Bruno, from his Ali G days. Bruno is a flaming, Austrian stereotypical, homosexual. Cohen attempts, as in Borat, to expose prejudice (this time homophobia) through social satire. It does not work on any level. Yes, there are a few laughs (my favorite involved a scene with the Bruno character confusing Hamas with Hummus) but mostly it was a jaw dropping nightmare. Stay far, far away.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAGpmNb2xfQ

Acting: Insultingly awful.

Trivia: Sacha Baron Cohen studied History at Christ's College, Cambridge. In contrast to his characters, he is a soft-spoken, gentlemanly Cambridge man who considered pursuing a PhD before going into comedy. He gave 2004 Harvard class day address in character as Ali G.

Predilection: I thought it would be good for some needed laughs.

Critters: A photo of a dead rabbit.

Food: A scene with oodles of desserts when Bruno tries to commit carbicide.

Sex Spectrum: Way too many images of penis', asses and simulated sex.

Soundtrack: Loud

Opening Titles: Graphically interesting.

Visual Art: Blech

Theater Audience: About 30 or so people scattered about a large theater. To our horror, a woman brought her ten year old son into the theater and plunked themselves down right behind us. After telling them to keep quiet a few times, the mother disappeared and the kid was left to watch for himself. I wanted to call child services and report her. They finally left about half way through the movie.

Squirm Scale: 8

Drift Factor: I looked at my watch more than I looked at the screen.

Predictability Level: Could not care less what happened to anyone.

Oscar Worthy: Ha!

Big Screen or Rental: Neither

Length: 90 minutes

LOBO HOWLS: For the first time in my 11 years of movie reviews I give this garbage a 0.