Written by Sascha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer, Jeff Schaffer, Peter Baynham
Directed by Larry Charles (ALL BY HIMSELF)
bruno is an austrian. he gets fired from his network where he has a fashion show. he loses his chic friends. he decides to go to los angeles to make it in the big time. hijinx ensue.
This was entertaining, but I'm not sure it was really a movie. While there was a storyline with a resolution, it was really a framing voice for Cohen's real point: to display people being thrust vehemently out of their comfort zones and to ridicule people for their utter ignorance (there is, of course, some overlap here).
With that in mind, it kind of fell off for me around the 20 minute mark. There were plenty of laughs after that point but they weren't continuous anymore. After all, once a talking urethra is on the screen what are you going to do next?
i think the problem with this movie was the humor way overshadowed the trite plot. the storyline was too linear and extremely secondary. it's like they blew their wad on the interviews and the characters and there was just a sac of empty testicles left for plot ideas. i laughed. i was uncomfortable and squirming in my seat in parts. i.e. the woman who said her one year old could lose 10 pounds in a week so she would be cast in the photo, or the ron paul part. it was way in your face, but i think that's a good thing, and also one of the points of the movie, but shme. meh. meh. now i can say i've seen it.