Saturday, July 11, 2009


Zero stars out of 5


Sacha Baron Cohen: Brüno
Gustaf Hammarsten: his assistant Lutz
and others who appeared after I left the theatre

If I had to describe the principal character in six words or less I’d say “He is a megalomaniacal dissolute individual.” That is not the kind of person I want to associate with, not even if it’s in a movie theatre.

As for the movie itself it is gross, vulgar, tasteless and obscene with no redeeming value. In a word: a total waste of time and money.

At the risk of being too offensive for some, let me give you a couple of examples of the drivel presented as comedy:
• full frontal shots of talking male genitalia
• an explicit, prolonged, graphic demonstration of gay sex with an imaginary partner
• undergoing “anal bleaching” while making a phone call

for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language.

Of the 600+ movies I’ve reviewed, this is only the second one that has warranted such a low rating.

Once more Ralph’s One-Man Show Rating Rule holds true: the maximum number of stars is inversely proportional to the number of key positions any one person is credited with. In this instance Sacha Baron Cohen is the Producer, wrote the Screenplay, authored the Original Story and is the main Character. On this basis alone the maximum stars would be one.

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