The new trailer for Bruno has hit the internet. The highly anticipated follow-up to Sacha Baron Cohen's comedic smash Borat has already been hit with a controversial NC-17 rating. A viewing of the red band trailer shows why the reaction to the movie has resulted in the x-rating. The red band trailer includes clips of dildo wrestling, a car chase and a joke at Madonna and Angelina Jolie about adopting African babies. 

Sacha Baron Cohen screened scenes from the film at SXSW. Critics React After ‘Bruno’ Scenes Debut at South by Southwest Film Festival.


Sacha Baron Cohen made a brief appearance, albeit on screen in a pre-taped segment, at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday night. Speaking in an exaggerated, upper-crust British accent, Baron was shown sitting in front of an editing bay as he welcomed the audience to view three scenes from “Bruno,” the highly anticipated follow-up to the comedian’s surprise smash, “Borat.”

There were no credits for the Universal Pictures film apart from a title card and, considering the IMDb page for the film does not name a director, it seems this will be much more the singular vision of Cohen and less a work of collaboration, as on “Borat,” which was directed by veteran Larry Charles and also credited to three additional writers. From the scenes that were screened, “Bruno” is shot in the same style as “Borat,” mixing real people into situations designed to get awkward interactions and maximum comedic response. The footage was outrageous and funny but seemed somehow more constructed than “Borat” and less genuinely anarchic.

In his introduction, Cohen explained that the character of Bruno is a recently disgraced Austrian fashion television host determined to rebuild his image and become “the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler.” Wanting, naturally, to adopt an African baby and sell images for a celebrity-baby photo spread, the first scene showed the casting sessions for a suitable baby. Cohen, looking lean and affecting a fey, lisping Germanic accent with his hair in a dramatically frosted sweep of bangs, asks a series of eager stage parents what would be acceptable for their baby to go through in a photo shoot. Bees, falling from a building, loud noises, rapid acceleration, liposuction, being dressed as a Nazi or hung from a cross like Jesus? No matter the situation, the answer is always “yes.” As Bruno explains to one mother, “Ich bin pushing the limit.”

In the second scene, Cohen explained in a second taped introduction, Bruno was to go on a television talk show in Texas, which he described in a way unprintable here. Appearing before a mostly African American audience, Bruno is part of a segment on single parents. After upsetting the crowd with his announcement that he was looking for “Mr. Right,” he wheels out an African American infant in a pimped-out stroller complete with laptop computer and bedecked in little leather pants and a sleeveless belly T that read “gayby.” Bruno told the audience he is calling the baby by the “traditional African name” of O.J. After showing off pictures of he and the baby with some adult male friends in a hot tub and other scenarios, a woman portrayed as being from Child Protective Services wheeled the baby away.

For the third segment, Cohen explained in another introduction, Bruno reinvents himself as “Straight Dave,” the most heterosexual man in the world. Dave hosts an ultimate fighting event billed as “man slammin’ action.” The rowdy drunken crowd hoots with delight as Dave, dressed in camouflage with a baroque handlebar mustache and mutton-chop sideburns, rips the dresses off a pair of buxom ring attendants. He soon is wrestling a slight-looking blond man and the crowd seems into the fight until Elton John music starts to pump through the room and the two men begin to kiss and remove their clothes. Soon they are drenched in thrown bottles, beer cups and at least one chair is thrown. [LA TIMES]

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Universal’s ”Bruno,” the widely anticipated Sacha Baron Cohen docu-comedy opening in July, has been slapped with an NC-17 rating on its first submission to the Motion Picture Association of America because of numerous sexual scenes that the ratings board considers over the line, according to the studio releasing the film.

Among the objectionable scenes is one in which Bruno -- a gay Austrian fashionista played by Baron Cohen -- appears to have anal sex with a man on camera. In another, the actor goes on a hunting trip and sneaks naked into the tent of one of the fellow hunters, an unsuspecting non-actor.

A Universal spokesman confirmed the rating on Sunday, saying: "On its first submission the film did not receive an R but it is far too early to say that there is any struggle to get there as the process is only at its inception.”

Baron Cohen is accustomed to pushing boundaries. In his last hit film, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” the writer and actor orchestrated outrageous real-life situations that challenged anti-Semitic and other stereotypes.

With “Bruno,” Baron Cohen apparently goes even further, drawing a cutting comic edge that challenges homophobia and racism by embracing both. His method is a kind of cinema verite, drawing unsuspecting bystanders into outrageous situations, or provoking them to say outrageous things, and orchestrating NC-17 rated situations.

Individuals close to the film say that Baron Cohen, Bruno’s writer and star, is “experimenting” and still “finding the film,” and tested two different versions with audiences in the past week. Both screenings, they said, were very successful.

But Cohen needs to deliver an R-rated film to Universal, which will not consider releasing an NC-17 “Bruno,” according to an executive there.

The difference between an R and an NC-17 in terms of financial reward is vast. "Borat," which cost a piddling $18 million to make, took in $261 million in worldwide box office. Universal paid $42 million for the English-language rights to "Bruno," but will spend far more than that in marketing the film. Major Hollywood studios almost never release films with NC-17 ratings. [THE WRAP]