The Western Star - - LIFE -

Thurs­day, 7Mate, 11.30pm, MA15+ (2009)

Inim­itable im­i­ta­tor, satirist and ag­i­ta­tor Sacha Baron Cohen (pic­tured) fol­lows up his 2006 hit Bo­rat with much of the same prej­u­dic e- bait­ing hu­mour in this mer­ci­less mock­u­men­tary. The wide-eyed for­eigner with a skewed take on Amer­i­can cul­ture this time is the über-fab­u­lous, funky fash­ion­ista Brüno, de­ter­mined to be­come “the big­gest Aus­trian su­per­star since Hitler”. Ob­vi­ously, noth­ing is sa­cred to Baron Cohen as he shocks the un­wit­ting vic­tims of his com­edy, and, as with Bo­rat, the big­gest tar­get is con­ser­va­tive mid­dle Amer­ica. The film was des­tined for con­tro­versy as it trades shame­lessly on gay stereo­types, but peo­ple will have to make up their own mind whether this is ex­ploita­tion or a clever way to hold a mir­ror up to the pre­con­cep­tions of both the film’s sub­jects and its au­di­ence.

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