It’s not because of the “mature content” of the latest Sacha Baron Cohen starrer.
The film is R-18 in the Philippines and I believe in many other countries too. If adults can’t handle watching “sensitive” scenes in a movie, then how the hell can they handle child rearing, nation building and global warming? Prudes ought to chill out a little bit. It’s just a movie.
I’m saying that Bruno is not for all adults because unlike Borat, Baron Cohen’s movie in 2006, Bruno requires some knowledge of international affairs and current events.
Someone has to know something about the conflict between Israel and Palestine and consequently, about Hamas, for the scenes showing Bruno trying to broker a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians to make sense and therefore, be funny to a moviegoer.
Meanwhile, “Darfive” won’t make sense at all if a viewer doesn’t have any idea of what’s going on in Darfur, the strife-torn region in Sudan. In the case of Borat, practically everyone would recognize who Pamela Anderson was.
But just like Borat, Bruno is a satirical journey of one person determined to achieve a goal. In Borat, it was to marry Pam Anderson; in Bruno, it was to become the “biggest Austrian superstar since Hitler.”
Sadly I can’t amply discuss everything, because it seems that the version I watched yesterday with my sister and my brother-in-law had some deleted scenes. (According to a movie review, the version shown in the Philippines was eight minutes shorter due to censorship)
Based, however, on the version that I watched, I can say that Baron Cohen was successful in shedding… his Borat image. It takes a lot of effort to do that.
Lastly, Bruno has inspired me to learn German. Last night I emailed the Goethe-Institut in Manila to ask if Saturday classes are held there.