Sunday, July 12, 2009
Christian Group Takes Aim At Bruno
Should we be shocked? A "pro-family" Christian group is calling for Sacha Baron Cohen's latest flick Bruno (about an over-the-top gay fashionista and his goofy travels in the U.S.) to be banned. Read the full story here.
Cohen's last turn as one of his characters, Borat, also raised some right wing eyebrows. Still, I have to wonder if Bruno will be as enlightening as Borat was. I thought...while absolutely hilarious...Borat served as an interesting social commentary from the perspective of a far far outsider to our country. It was a movie, of course, but certainly some of it played out as a documentary pulling out some of the prejudices from an unsuspecting group of regular people who actually believed Baron Cohen was the strange journalist from Eastern Europe.
I have yet to see the offending movie (though I plan to do so later today), but the article does bring up a very very good point. The movie is rated "R" which means "Restricted" or no children under 17 admitted without an adult. Perhaps the movie should be "NC-17" or worse, I don't know...I have yet to see it, and I bet many in the "pro-family" group have yet to see it, too. Baron Cohen probably will see an increase in his bottom line as curious moviegoers turn out to see a movie that, no doubt, will probably be banned somewhere in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
I did see the movie, and it's pretty uncomfortable in parts even for me. I felt sorry for a certain 2008 Presidential candidate for a while and then...I didn't...you'll just have to see it. If you liked Borat, you'll probably like Bruno. The movies are very similar in plot just with different characters.
Some of the "pro-family" "Christian" groups that are protesting the movie are exactly the folks that the movie is spotlighting. There's some biting social commentary buried in all the sexual humor and uncomfortable moments. I laughed a lot, but I also left the theatre thinking that the movie was nowhere near as funny or important as Borat was.
Bottom line on the movie, if you are the kind of person that finds sexual humor uncomfortable or are easily offended, go see Transformers again.
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