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Jul. 10, 2009by: Mike Sampson

The new JoBlo Strike Backs have launched and what better way to give them a test run that with some user reviews?! As I'm sure you know, BRUNO opens today in theaters and the film has already generated plenty of controversy. As our own Jenna Busch put it, "Unless you are really, really, really, really difficult to offend, you will be upset by something in this film." It is to note that Jenna actually loved the film and "laughed until it hurt."

With a film that could divide audiences into people who get the joke and people who don't, it's a perfect time to open up the Strike Backs and allow people to share their thoughts on the film. Please stay away from any major spoilers and remember that flaming will get you banned. Let's keep this civil people.

And I leave you with a look back at Bruno from the old "Ali G Show" where Bruno heads to Alabama and tortures the locals. Booing and middle fingers ensue (as you might imagine).

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3:58PM on 07/15/2009

Bruno Review

Just saw it today. Here's the review:

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1:23PM on 07/13/2009

bruno was good but...

nowhere near as great as borat! borat's character was more well rounded with a lot more hilarious background history shown (his wife,village,etc.) bruno, although funny, was just a vapid moron like so many other hollywood starlets, which made it difficult to care about him and whether or not he became famous. part of boart's appeal was that he's simple and naive and sort of sweet. bruno is just an idiotic narcissist.
nowhere near as great as borat! borat's character was more well rounded with a lot more hilarious background history shown (his wife,village,etc.) bruno, although funny, was just a vapid moron like so many other hollywood starlets, which made it difficult to care about him and whether or not he became famous. part of boart's appeal was that he's simple and naive and sort of sweet. bruno is just an idiotic narcissist.
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9:44AM on 07/13/2009

FUN SHITE!

Straight up, I laughed from beginning to the end non-stop - film cracked me up more than Borat. The man is a genius! Now I gotta see that Ali G movie ASAP!
Straight up, I laughed from beginning to the end non-stop - film cracked me up more than Borat. The man is a genius! Now I gotta see that Ali G movie ASAP!
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11:21PM on 07/12/2009
Though I didn't think the plot was quite as good as BORAT's, the overall film was just as funny! Can't wait for the unrated DVD!
Though I didn't think the plot was quite as good as BORAT's, the overall film was just as funny! Can't wait for the unrated DVD!
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6:42PM on 07/12/2009

fantastic

i was actually on the fence about seeing this movie because the net continued to say there was A LOT of male genitalia in the movie. so obviously i was reluctant. but it wasnt nearly that bad.

obviously everyone is going to compare this to borat. its not as good, but definitely only a step under borat.
i was actually on the fence about seeing this movie because the net continued to say there was A LOT of male genitalia in the movie. so obviously i was reluctant. but it wasnt nearly that bad.

obviously everyone is going to compare this to borat. its not as good, but definitely only a step under borat.
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3:31PM on 07/12/2009

Amazing

Bruno had me pissing my pants! I literally had to go to the bathroom, take my underwear off, and wipe my dick & balls. Fantastic movie!!!
Bruno had me pissing my pants! I literally had to go to the bathroom, take my underwear off, and wipe my dick & balls. Fantastic movie!!!
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1:59PM on 07/12/2009
I though it was hilarious. Yeah, Borat was probably better. But this was still another fantastic effort from Cohen.
I though it was hilarious. Yeah, Borat was probably better. But this was still another fantastic effort from Cohen.
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1:50PM on 07/12/2009
thought it was fucking hilarious. haven't seen anything that funny in a long time...
thought it was fucking hilarious. haven't seen anything that funny in a long time...
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1:32PM on 07/12/2009
While Borat was better in that it had a cohesive storyline, and relied more on subtle, situational humor, I would be lying if I said I didn't have a hoot with Bruno. Too many LOL-worthy moments in this movie!
While Borat was better in that it had a cohesive storyline, and relied more on subtle, situational humor, I would be lying if I said I didn't have a hoot with Bruno. Too many LOL-worthy moments in this movie!
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9:57AM on 07/12/2009

Funny as hell

I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. funny shit.
I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. funny shit.
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2:07AM on 07/12/2009

i laughed

SOOOOO FUCKING HARDD!!!!!!!!
SOOOOO FUCKING HARDD!!!!!!!!
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1:30AM on 07/12/2009
I thought it was hysterical.

I don't understand the people that went and saw this and hated it.. what the fuck were you expecting from the trailers/show?
I thought it was hysterical.

I don't understand the people that went and saw this and hated it.. what the fuck were you expecting from the trailers/show?
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12:20AM on 07/12/2009

It was good...

but Borat was funnier for sure! I still laughed out loud and had fun watching the movie.
but Borat was funnier for sure! I still laughed out loud and had fun watching the movie.
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10:45PM on 07/11/2009

Great

While the character of Borat was funnier - this movie has some things going for it that put it ahead. First - I think it really was much more of a sharp look at intolerance. While Borat kind of got at ignorance, there was much more hate revealed in this one - which is really where Cohen is mining for laughs. Second - I think he tightened up the blend of what's really happening and what's contrived. In a sense, he wasn't trying as hard to make it seem 100% real footage all the time, and the
While the character of Borat was funnier - this movie has some things going for it that put it ahead. First - I think it really was much more of a sharp look at intolerance. While Borat kind of got at ignorance, there was much more hate revealed in this one - which is really where Cohen is mining for laughs. Second - I think he tightened up the blend of what's really happening and what's contrived. In a sense, he wasn't trying as hard to make it seem 100% real footage all the time, and the pacing feels liberated by that. It doesn't have to be better or worse than Borat - its a great film. I think another plus is that its more polarizing in terms of whether people see the humor in it. You can learn a lot about somebody based on their reaction to this film.
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10:06PM on 07/11/2009
I would have liked more interviews with important people, along the lines of Paula Abdul and the PR twins.
It definitely helped to be desensitized to all the gay jokes, having already seen a lot of the horrors of the Internet. My housemate, on the other hand, couldn't see the humour in many of the scenes and was more repulsed than amused.
I would have liked more interviews with important people, along the lines of Paula Abdul and the PR twins.
It definitely helped to be desensitized to all the gay jokes, having already seen a lot of the horrors of the Internet. My housemate, on the other hand, couldn't see the humour in many of the scenes and was more repulsed than amused.
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9:38PM on 07/11/2009
it just seemed to me like it was trying way harder to be shocking than it was to be funny.. it definitely had some good laughs dont get me wrong, but it could have been a lot more funny. Borat was better.
it just seemed to me like it was trying way harder to be shocking than it was to be funny.. it definitely had some good laughs dont get me wrong, but it could have been a lot more funny. Borat was better.
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8:24PM on 07/11/2009
all my friends hated it(homophobes), but i loved it
all my friends hated it(homophobes), but i loved it
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7:44PM on 07/11/2009
This movie had me at "What's up!?"
This movie had me at "What's up!?"
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5:13PM on 07/11/2009

Not too shabby

Just came back from a matinee. Not too bad. Might have been funnier if it was a croweded theater, as opposed to a half dozen people.

Honestly, I didn't really laugh out loud at any of this. Mostly just smiled and chuckled.

I think Borat was funnier, but maybe because with Borat, it was a new concept.

Also with Borat, it just displayed people's ignorance, while with Bruno, it's displaying people's hate and disgust, which left me feeling uncomfortable in some of these sections. Not
Just came back from a matinee. Not too bad. Might have been funnier if it was a croweded theater, as opposed to a half dozen people.

Honestly, I didn't really laugh out loud at any of this. Mostly just smiled and chuckled.

I think Borat was funnier, but maybe because with Borat, it was a new concept.

Also with Borat, it just displayed people's ignorance, while with Bruno, it's displaying people's hate and disgust, which left me feeling uncomfortable in some of these sections. Not because Bruno is gay, but because people want to hurt him. The resolution was pretty awesome though.

At the end of the day; 7/10
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4:59PM on 07/11/2009

HILARIOUS

I thought the movie was pretty hilarious. I liked it more than Borat. The whole audience was laughing like crazy during the movie. When the movie was over, I was sweating and I was about to pee my pants. That's how funny it was.
9.5/10
I thought the movie was pretty hilarious. I liked it more than Borat. The whole audience was laughing like crazy during the movie. When the movie was over, I was sweating and I was about to pee my pants. That's how funny it was.
9.5/10
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1:35PM on 07/11/2009

WOW

I can't believe how many people liked this movie. I thought it was awful. I would rather rewatch Dead Or ALive again. And that is the exact thing I said as I left the theater. Not bashing on those who liked it, it was just a bad flick in my opinion.
I can't believe how many people liked this movie. I thought it was awful. I would rather rewatch Dead Or ALive again. And that is the exact thing I said as I left the theater. Not bashing on those who liked it, it was just a bad flick in my opinion.
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11:53AM on 07/11/2009
A bunch of us went to see this last night and we had a blast. It's disturbing, hysterical, and you will have a smile on your face the entire time.
A bunch of us went to see this last night and we had a blast. It's disturbing, hysterical, and you will have a smile on your face the entire time.
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11:42AM on 07/11/2009

Liked it, but...

the ambush sections were much better than the scripted ones with Bruno and Lutz. They really dragged the film down at points. Overall, I'd say 6/10. Not as funny as Borat, but it still made me bust a gut.
the ambush sections were much better than the scripted ones with Bruno and Lutz. They really dragged the film down at points. Overall, I'd say 6/10. Not as funny as Borat, but it still made me bust a gut.
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4:06AM on 07/11/2009
I laughed out a lung.
I laughed out a lung.
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2:02AM on 07/11/2009
Hilarious

9/10
Hilarious

9/10
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1:56AM on 07/11/2009
Just what I wanted. A hilarious, unforgettable movie from a genius. My friends and I pretty much went over EVERYTHING right after the movie. So awesome.

Baron Cohen deserves an Oscar nod seriously. How he didnt break character during some of those scenes is absolutely insane.

Anyways, I loved it. Bottom line. Not loving it is a complete Niche Niche.
Just what I wanted. A hilarious, unforgettable movie from a genius. My friends and I pretty much went over EVERYTHING right after the movie. So awesome.

Baron Cohen deserves an Oscar nod seriously. How he didnt break character during some of those scenes is absolutely insane.

Anyways, I loved it. Bottom line. Not loving it is a complete Niche Niche.
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1:34AM on 07/11/2009
Pure win.
Pure win.
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1:11AM on 07/11/2009

Brilliant

The perfect film for the post Prop-8 bullshit homophobic climate we live in. 9.5/10
The perfect film for the post Prop-8 bullshit homophobic climate we live in. 9.5/10
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12:58AM on 07/11/2009
I saw this at one of the Aussie premieres and I loved it. It was so insane, and half of the fun was watching it with a huge audience. Uncomfortable most of the time, yes, but so funny. I'll see it again, I am a huge fan of the man.
I saw this at one of the Aussie premieres and I loved it. It was so insane, and half of the fun was watching it with a huge audience. Uncomfortable most of the time, yes, but so funny. I'll see it again, I am a huge fan of the man.
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12:52AM on 07/11/2009
It was pretty funny but I felt the end was staged..and felt like it was from a totally different movie...still I laughed and the shit at the swingers party was hiliarious.
It was pretty funny but I felt the end was staged..and felt like it was from a totally different movie...still I laughed and the shit at the swingers party was hiliarious.
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12:02AM on 07/11/2009

So-so....

This was the first film I'd seen in theaters in over a year. I liked it, I laughed a number of times, but I think the funniest shit was in the trailers (other than the R-rated dick stuff, of course).

I liked BORAT (7/10), but never liked the "real bits" in that film and it's the same with this one. I enjoyed the "ambush" stuff, but the REAL STUFF was lame, and the story was a lot like BORAT, only with a gay Austrian man crossing the U.S., as opposed to an immigrant.

Expected more. 6/10
This was the first film I'd seen in theaters in over a year. I liked it, I laughed a number of times, but I think the funniest shit was in the trailers (other than the R-rated dick stuff, of course).

I liked BORAT (7/10), but never liked the "real bits" in that film and it's the same with this one. I enjoyed the "ambush" stuff, but the REAL STUFF was lame, and the story was a lot like BORAT, only with a gay Austrian man crossing the U.S., as opposed to an immigrant.

Expected more. 6/10
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11:54PM on 07/10/2009

Penis jokes galore = Bruno

Wow this movie was awful. I can't believe that people find this stuff funny. This movie tried so hard to offend, it actually forgot to be funny. Listen I love to laugh but 100 penis jokes in 80 mins is a bit much. This movie reminded me of a 5 min skit gone wrong. I am sorry but this was an awful film
Wow this movie was awful. I can't believe that people find this stuff funny. This movie tried so hard to offend, it actually forgot to be funny. Listen I love to laugh but 100 penis jokes in 80 mins is a bit much. This movie reminded me of a 5 min skit gone wrong. I am sorry but this was an awful film
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9:58PM on 07/10/2009

Funny stuff

It's definitely not going to be as memorable as Borat, but it had plenty of stuff to laugh at. They are completely different character, and it's a shame that the two films are going to be compared so strongly. Borat was an ignorant foreigner, while Bruno should know what's acceptable, and just goes the opposite direction. I liked it a lot.
It's definitely not going to be as memorable as Borat, but it had plenty of stuff to laugh at. They are completely different character, and it's a shame that the two films are going to be compared so strongly. Borat was an ignorant foreigner, while Bruno should know what's acceptable, and just goes the opposite direction. I liked it a lot.
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9:48PM on 07/10/2009
Gut-bustingly funny and by the end Cohen has actually made quite a statement against homophobia and the vapidness of the celebrity lifestyle. I thought it was genius
Gut-bustingly funny and by the end Cohen has actually made quite a statement against homophobia and the vapidness of the celebrity lifestyle. I thought it was genius
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9:12PM on 07/10/2009

wrong

not 14and not redneck not homophobic hate that guy and his piss poor movies reality tv with a shitty script its lazy and it sucks
not 14and not redneck not homophobic hate that guy and his piss poor movies reality tv with a shitty script its lazy and it sucks
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6:46PM on 07/10/2009

Bad Movie

Sacha Baron Cohen was so hilarious in Borat so I was pretty excited to see Bruno, but man this movie was such a disappointment.
Sacha Baron Cohen was so hilarious in Borat so I was pretty excited to see Bruno, but man this movie was such a disappointment.
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5:58PM on 07/10/2009

Bruno

I saw it Wed and I haven't laughed so hard in a movie before. This topped borat. Sure he staged alot more but, he managed to fool the people and it was hysterical. You'll laugh until it hurts.
I saw it Wed and I haven't laughed so hard in a movie before. This topped borat. Sure he staged alot more but, he managed to fool the people and it was hysterical. You'll laugh until it hurts.
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5:52PM on 07/10/2009

Midnight show

I saw the movie yesterday at 12 and I loved every bit of it. I was laughing soo hard that I could not breath anymore. I don't think I've cried this much in my life.

I do have a few problems with the movie though. A few of the segments were downright boring and were not funny at all. The other problem is that a few scenes from the trailers never made the final cut which was weird. And my last problem was the R-rating. For a movie that showed full frontal nudity they did hold back on some
I saw the movie yesterday at 12 and I loved every bit of it. I was laughing soo hard that I could not breath anymore. I don't think I've cried this much in my life.

I do have a few problems with the movie though. A few of the segments were downright boring and were not funny at all. The other problem is that a few scenes from the trailers never made the final cut which was weird. And my last problem was the R-rating. For a movie that showed full frontal nudity they did hold back on some scenes.

As for the review of Bruno, the gentleman who gave the movie a 7 out of 10. I don't get your review. You said you laughed until your stomach hurt and you cried and you loved the movie yet you only gave it a 7. From your review this movie should have gotten a 9 or even a 10. Let us know why it lost 3 points.
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5:12PM on 07/10/2009
im seeing this tonight, loved Borat and i cant wait
im seeing this tonight, loved Borat and i cant wait
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4:24PM on 07/10/2009

Midnight Show

It was really funny, but as others have mentioned it felt a lot less like a film than Borat did. Bruno is essentially a 83min Sketch show.

Funny, but not really a film.
It was really funny, but as others have mentioned it felt a lot less like a film than Borat did. Bruno is essentially a 83min Sketch show.

Funny, but not really a film.
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4:15PM on 07/10/2009

Saw it last night

I enjoyed the film more than Borat, but needless to say, it was slightly slightly dissapointing. The trailers looked amazing, but I felt that at times the over-the-top nature just wasn't even funny. Exposing the homophobic individuals was hilarious, and somewhat disturbing, however. Could've been funnier.
I enjoyed the film more than Borat, but needless to say, it was slightly slightly dissapointing. The trailers looked amazing, but I felt that at times the over-the-top nature just wasn't even funny. Exposing the homophobic individuals was hilarious, and somewhat disturbing, however. Could've been funnier.
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12:32PM on 07/10/2009
I laughed..but it was no Borat. There were a lot more staged scenes compared to Borat. Borat caught everyone off guard and in Bruno, I think people could recognize Cohen and a lot of the people knew what was going on.

There were way to many penises though.
I laughed..but it was no Borat. There were a lot more staged scenes compared to Borat. Borat caught everyone off guard and in Bruno, I think people could recognize Cohen and a lot of the people knew what was going on.

There were way to many penises though.
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11:42AM on 07/10/2009

Unfortunatley

i just didn't like it that much. of course, it was funny, but it felt like sacha baron cohen pranking on people and not a make believe character in the real world---like Borat. He was no better than Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the Jackass crew. No story held it together and Sacha picked the easiest people in the world to offend. Like i said, it's funny, but it feels like i had a friend make me watch 30 YouTube videos...nothing more.
i just didn't like it that much. of course, it was funny, but it felt like sacha baron cohen pranking on people and not a make believe character in the real world---like Borat. He was no better than Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the Jackass crew. No story held it together and Sacha picked the easiest people in the world to offend. Like i said, it's funny, but it feels like i had a friend make me watch 30 YouTube videos...nothing more.
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11:17AM on 07/10/2009
I'm guessing the guy below me is either a 14 year old homophobe or a middle aged redneck. I wonder if I am right?
I'm guessing the guy below me is either a 14 year old homophobe or a middle aged redneck. I wonder if I am right?
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11:07AM on 07/10/2009

Fuck this ass-hole

hey sampson could you hold this muthafucker up so I can shoot point blank in the face with a double barrel shot gun
hey sampson could you hold this muthafucker up so I can shoot point blank in the face with a double barrel shot gun
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11:11AM on 07/10/2009
I'm guessing you're either a 14 year old homophobe or a middle aged redneck. Am I right?
I'm guessing you're either a 14 year old homophobe or a middle aged redneck. Am I right?
4:53PM on 07/10/2009
Having an editor hold up someone so you can shoot them in the face with a double barrel shotty is really not smart. You should rethink your technique.
Having an editor hold up someone so you can shoot them in the face with a double barrel shotty is really not smart. You should rethink your technique.
1:17AM on 07/12/2009
having sampson hold him up would also kill sampson....
having sampson hold him up would also kill sampson....
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