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July 22nd, 2009


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11:34 pm - A film that is Juvenalian, not juvenile
Went to see "Brüno" today.

I'd never seen a Sacha Baron Cohen film before, but this one intrigued me, so I decided to give it a try. I'm very glad I went, since I ended up laughing so hard I cried.

The sheer ridiculousness of the situations was topped only by the amazing tolerance of most of the people in the film, who played along with Cohen's outrageous behavior far longer than I would have.

I do think, however, that he is a very, very lucky man, because a lot of the stunts he pulled while making this film could easily have gotten him beaten up or killed, especially when he was filming in the Middle East.

I also think he spoke the most horrific German, in contrast to that of his Swedish costar Gustaf Hammarsten, who played his assistant Lutz wonderfully well. He was "ganz perfekt", as opposed to Cohen's mishmash, where he couldn't even remember that a German "v" is pronounced as an "f", not a "w". Nobody who could speak even the smallest amount of German would ever mistake Cohen for an Austrian native.

That aside, I loved some of the turns of phrase used by him, such as "cockaholics anonymous", "committing carbicide" and "the white Obama" as well as how he was able to keep in character in the situations he created. Even while being beaten with a belt and falling out a window, he maintained his Bruno persona. (And I also think that the so-called dominatrix was an abusive asshole, as opposed to the Bruno character, who was just an annoying and obnoxious one.)

I'm glad Cohen managed by some minor miracle to survive the making of this film, given how touch-and-go it seemed, like during his interview with the terrorist leader. Too bad he won't be doing more with his Bruno character, since I thought he looked damn cute in the yellow lederhosen and brought new meaning to the term "fierce".
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From:orpheus_samhain
Date:July 23rd, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
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This is his first film I'm tempted to watch :) He has v. cute haircut and his overall appearance proves how much stylists can do :)
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From:theentwife
Date:July 23rd, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
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I'd heard a lot of bad things about it, but I decided to give it a try since he looked absolutely adorable in the outfits I saw in publicity pics. I have a lot of gay friends, including some very flamboyant ones, and he out-flounced them all. XD

The over-the-top-ness worked much better than I thought it would. The character was all about "look at me!!!" so I did. :)


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