bruno.thumbnail.jpgTruer words, from by Snoop Dogg at the end of the movie Bruno, have never been sung….

That Bruno, the character played by Sasha Baron Cohen in the eponymous, sure-to-be-a-hit movie, is gay is just one  aspect to his personality, though one which as we learn cannot be denied. More than anything else, Bruno wants to be a star, and will go to any lengths to do so, even denying homosexuality in a quest to be famous. In the end, his desire for love overcomes his desire for stardom. Yet by abandoning himself to love, he does in fact find the fame he so desires.

Bruno the movie is about the search for self when the self is defined by public response and reaction. Underneath the jokes, the elaborate set pieces and the one-off gags, it is sweet, charming and heartbreaking.

After a fashion show fiasco, Bruno looses his job and his longtime lover. There has been much made about his love scenes with his partner (Champagne bottles and fire extinguishers play a part in their intimacies), but many couples after a time turn to devices and fantasies to enhance their bedroom activities–even Dr Laura suggests spicing things up, and Passion Parties are designed for bored married women to buy white chocolate body butter  and purple plastic dildos to "improve" their relationship–so the fact that it’s two men rather than a man and woman to me had no impact. But I’m a straight woman, so I can’t predict the reaction of straight men or anyone in the LGBT community over that scene or a few others.

I don’t want to give out spoilers, but I will say that Sacha Baron Cohen has balls bigger than the Capitol Building, whether it’s parading down the streets in Jerusalem in a pair of leather hot pants adorned with tallis–he’s chased by Orthodox Jews outraged at his attire–or pissing of some very vehement straights.

One of the most intense moments is when Bruno sits down with a gay converter who tells him that Jesus will make him famous by making him straight.

Kids will say, if Bruno can do it, then I can do it.

And it is jaw-droppingly horrifying to see what parents will agree to in order to let their children be stars. Bruno exposes fame-whoring stage parents like never before, along with showing us that even the most shallow, vapid empty-headed label fiend can find love, and thus happiness.

High points: Jokes about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kevin Spacey, plus watching Paula Abdul suffer through an interview session, as well as Bruno’s highly hyped interview with Harrison Ford. Also great: Ron Paul screaming

He’s queer!

as his first objection.  Well yes, Ron and that’s okay!

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.