Sunday, July 12, 2009

"Bruno" looks lame

I'll be the first to admit that I got quite a few cheap laughs out of Borat. And I'm far from a puritan: I laughed myself to tears during the jackass movies, love most of Trey Parker and Kevin Smith's work, and own the entire John Waters collection (Pink Flamingos is one of my favorite comedies of all time).

But this new "Bruno" movie just looks like another 90 minutes of tiresome dick jokes. And while I realize it's just for laughs, it will continue to promote the anti-gay stereotypes that have done enough damage to our society (GLAAD has already condemned the film). In addition, it takes zero skill to go out and aggravate people. If I was on the receiving end of one of Cohen's pranks, I'd be pissed...I don't blame the one guy who simply punched him in the face. As a comment at Reason put it, It's frankly sickening how much in the way of accolades Cohen and friends get for these adolescent excursions into testing the limits of people's patience and politeness.

The folks at Alternet are rolling their eyes, too.


  1. I see your point, but I am still watching it, since my family lives in Austria and he is making fun of the country.

    Cohen is out there, and and he really can piss a lot of people off. But I enjoy seeing how much he can get away with.

  2. I agree with Reason. If you have balls you'll put anything off. I got the same feeling with Maher's Religulous. I really didn't get his approach. It proved little to me.


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