Brüno UK con­tro­versy col­lapses pre­ma­turely

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Wun­der­bar! Wir haben more news about Brüno and its con­tro­ver­sial cer­tifi­cates. In an un­usual move, Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures, un­doubt­edly a bit peeved about re­ceiv­ing an 18 cert in Bri­tain, has trimmed a few bits and bobs – if that’s the right eu­phemism for a danc­ing pe­nis – from the film and re­sub­mit­ted it to the Bri­tish Board of Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion. The new, less shock­ing ver­sion, granted a 15 cert, will play along­side its raunchier in­car­na­tion from July 24th.

“We saw an op­por­tu­nity to ser­vice the au­di­ence,” said David Kosse, pres­i­dent of Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures In­ter­na­tional. “And it should also help the gross.” (“Ser­vice the au­di­ence”? You naughty liebling, David.)

De­spite Brüno amass­ing the sec­ond-big­gest open­ing (Ach! “Open­ing”?) for an 18-cert movie in the UK, there were many re­ports of teenagers ap­par­ently be­ing turned away from cin­e­mas.

A story in the trade pa­per Va­ri­ety sug­gested that the bowd­lerised print would play in “Bri­tain and Ire­land”, but a spokesper­son from Uni­ver­sal Ire­land con­firmed that, con­sid­er­ing the film had re­ceived a 16 cert here, such a move would make lit­tle sense. This is the new Weimar Repub­lic, af­ter all.

Oddly, the last time some­thing sim­i­lar hap­pened was when Mel Gib­son re­cut The Pas­sion of the Christ to en­able younger view­ers to en­joy the Iron-Age zom­bie action. I won­der if the so­cially con­ser­va­tive Gib­son would savour the un­likely con­nec­tion.

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