Here's my short version of this review for those of you who don't really want to read any details: "Bruno" is a better film overall than "Borat" was, but it's also far more difficult material, and there's a chance it may really hurt some viewers. I think it's worth it, because this is social satire that matters, timely and angry and truly extreme, but there are some caveats I'd offer to viewers who are at all hesitant based on the type of material that the film deal with this time.
I realized recently that I never quite reviewed "Borat," the last collaboration by Sacha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles, mainly because by the time I got around to seeing it, that was opening day, and everyone else in the world had already written about it, including about 400 reviews on Ain't It Cool. The night the film opened, I went to a screening at The Bridge that was hosted by G4, and then I made a quick appearance on "Attack Of The Show" live from the theater to talk about it with Kevin, Olivia, and Chris Gore.
When I wrote about that TV appearance, here's what I had to say about "Borat," which represents the sum total of my writing about Cohen's film output so far:
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