I ventured out to the suburbs to visit my parents for a weekend of family fun: barbecuing, hanging out on the porch, catching up, and of course - lots of laughing. So when my mother announced that we were going to the movies to see "Public Enemies" on Saturday night, I threw a wrench in the plan and insisted we see "Bruno" - hey, I wanted to keep the laughs coming.
To give you a little bit of a background to set the scene: I am an only child, a daughter, the apple of my parents' (collective) eye. I went to an all-girls' Catholic school for 12 years and basically grew up in an ivory tower.
Don't get me wrong, my parents and I loved Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat," and are by no means easily offended. But in terms of pushing the envelope, "Bruno" - the story of a flamboyant Austrian fashionista who travels to Los Angeles in search of fame - is leaps and bounds past "Borat." Perfect on a movie night with friends… not so much with Mom and Dad.
To put it mildly, the film features montages of people engaging in all manner of sexual activity, parts of the male anatomy that talk and wave, and other such cringe-worthy scenes. Color me mortified!
At one point my mom leaned over to my dad and said, "I can't believe Kate wanted to see this!" I wanted to hide under my popcorn bucket. I later overheard my dad say that while he found the film hilarious, he would have enjoyed it more if he'd gone without me.
Learn from my (t)error: Do not go see "Bruno" with your parents, grandparents, or offspring.
How about you? Have you seen "Bruno"? Or have you ever watched a movie or TV show with someone who made it incredibly awkward?
I have yet to understand all the outrage I am reading here. The movie is rated R very clearly and it states it is rated that way for adult language and sexuality. If you do not like that then read the ratings and do not see it. I thought we would be beyond puritan censorship and outrage in this day and age.
Ok, reality check. While this is definitely funny and crude, it is however not at all up to the level of Borat. Many of the gags you can see coming and in many of the scences clearly hollywood magic is at its finest. The facial expressions of the unwilling, (naive rubes that fall prey to Bruno's antics) had to have been responding to other less provocative questions and responses from Bruno, who then thorugh the magic of editing, dubbed in different , much more salaciuous and crude questions) This is blatantly obvious as no way could that many people have such deadpan reactions to the absurd questions and comments pose by Bruno. For me this made the movie way too predictble and unlike Borat, something that after 15 minutes I was waiting for it to be over.
Overall not nearly as good as Borat, totally predictable and Sascha Baron Cohen aka Bruno tries way to hard to push the envelope and falls flat on his face. His 15 minutes of fame are up with this contrived, highly edited ,less than believable film.
SKIP IT and save our money. It will be out of theaters and onto DVD very soon.
Why does everyone think that people over the age of 50 are shocked by homosexuals, sex, and outrageous humor. we are children of the 60's where irreverent, unihibitted humor was born......I loved Bruno...hilarious! Take your parents, they can explain some of the jokes to you!
I think the main difference between Borat and Bruno is that the audience felt a connection with Borat, who was generally a likable character. We became emotionally invested in Borat's journey. We felt sorry for him when he was walking along with no one but his chicken for company. But Sacha didn't develop the character of Bruno past the vapid cardboard cutout cartoon. We never became attached to him, never found anything to like about him. It became just a series of jokes and gags that tried to hold the story together. Sure, there were hilarious scenes, like when he is with the Christian gay counselor, or during the climactic wrestling-turned-romance scene, but all in all I found it a kind of desperate attempt to shock, and it failed. C'mon Sacha! You're way smarter than this!
My father and I, thinking there were a few soft-core scenes, went to see "Caligula" together, because we were both Malcolm McDowell fans. I was 18. I don't know which of us was more uncomfortable.
My kids and I laughed our butts off. Together.
My boyfriend of 3 years took me to see it this weekend and I can tell you that I wish he would have gone with his guy friends instead! His mother was trying to go with us before we left but thankfully we would not let her come. At the end of the night let's just say I discovered that inner 15 year old that still lives in the recesses of my very serious and mature boyfriends mind.
Yeah, we watched American Pie with my mom, aunt, and two male16 year old cousins. I was 15 at the time and when the scene came up with Shannon Elizabeth naked in the bedroom masturbating, my mom dies laughing and my aunt all yelled at us to get out of the room and shield our eyes. I ran out of the room mortified while my cousins wrestled their mom down to finish watching the scene
I remember going to see Basic Instinct at the 99cent theatre one Friday night and was amazed at all the small children there! I mean, doesn't anyone use babysitters any more? Just because you want to see the film doesn't mean you should go ahead and bring the kids – use a neighbor, a relative, anyone – leave the kids at home! As for Bruno – our theater actually had 3 different signs up at the cashier warning people about it (I guess too many people had walked out demanding refunds). This was def a movie that should have been NC-17 or unrated - I mean, this was NOTHING compared to The Aristrocrats which was released unrated - and I enjoyed The Aristrocrats immensely. Bruno had one or two truly funny moments, but overall – just embarassingly bad (did like it when he called Mel Gibson – The Fuhrer!).
Sometimes you choose the movies and other times the movies are chosen for you?. Ah yes the movie you must watch for school, the foreign movie. once I had to watch a movie called "Jamon, Jamon" which roughly translates to "Ham, Ham" in Spanish Class. First Mistake? take the assigned movie with you over winter break and watch it at home. Lets just say the film was borderline pornography and the excuse of "But its for school!" got real old and even more cringe worthy when the parents want to watch with you. Not a good idea. Bruno, Borat unconfortable? Please – Jamon, Jamon was just plain torture after the first half hour.
I took my mom to see the 40 yr. old virgin. I had no idea what it was about; I thought it would be a corny, feel-good type thing that a 70 yr. old, extremely catholic lady, would enjoy. Oh man, I haven't heard the end of it to this day.
One year I met my parents at their time-share in Park City for Sundance. They said they'd just go to whatever I wanted to see. Well, Todd Solondz was screening Storytelling – his follow-up to Happiness. There's a scene between Selma Blair and Robert Wisdom which is deeply unsetling and I had the 'pleasure' of sitting next to my mom for it.
Saw it with my 40 year old son over the week-end. Was expecting another "Borat"...got a "horror" movie instead. Son says we will never talk about this adventure again....hysterically funny movie but not with your son!
And I have a great uncle who went to Midnight Cowboy expecting a western.
I recommended The Aristocrats to a buddy of mine. Told him it was hysterical. He rented it to watch with his mom. God I wish I'd been there with a camera.
i saw this over the weekend. i had not seen the previews, but had a slight understanding of the basis of the movie. a friend wanted to see it, so i accompanied her. i love a good comedy as much as the next person. i am NOT easily offended. BUT!!!!... this movie had me horrified! i was in shock the entire time! funny, yes. offensive, yes! a movie to go see with your husband, parents, kids~NO!! this takes things on a whole new level~ should have been rated nc-17 at the very least!!
I was a 14 year old boy and a fan of watching "Siskel and Ebert at the Movies" and they said one of the best movies of the year was called "My Private Idaho" Being that I loved Bill and Ted's Excellent adventure and laughed my butt off at Parentood with my parents, this seemed like another great choice. And then the opening scene happens. Definitely the last movie they ever let me pick for them.
Years ago, my brother and I took our parents to see Blazing Saddles! We thought it was a cowboy movie. In front of our Catholic Mother! My brother and I had to go see it again to get our laughter out that we had surpressed.
when I was a teenager and started to go out with my friends I watched Trainspotting with my mom. I never used drugs to this day maybe because ou the look she gave me during and after the film..
When I was 17 I went to see the Pacino flick "Cruising" on a first date. My mom had warned me not to see it so of course I had to lie to her after as I understood where she was coming from – my virginal self was completely mortified at the graphic sex scenes . When my date came to pick me up the next week, he commented that we wouldn't be going to see "Cruising' again. My mom just laughed and told me I had already had punishment enough...so true...
I agree... don't go see Bruno wih parents or offspring. And, make sure you have a pretty good sense of humor that borders on just plain silly because it's not for the prudish!!! I questioned it's rating as we exited the theatre. I did laugh out loud on several scenes.. overall it's a funny movie.
I saw this with my (male) cousin. He was laughing until he cried, but also watching me out of the corner of his eye. I'm sure half the entertainment for him was the face I made during the penis-slinging scene. Also, the Milli b-job-from-beyond-the-grave.
I was another who thought Bruno would be about as bad as Borat, and had no idea it would be so much worse! This definitely deserves an NC-17 rating.
Honestly. After reading this, I can only say this. The marketing for movies has taken a turn towards the moronic. In the movie industries desperate attempt to lure in viewers, they seemingly take movies of this caliber, and mild it down like someone who wants hot sauce, but cannot handle the "hot" part. Hearkening back to The Watchmen.... If anyone had any sort of collective intelligence among themselves and their peers, they would have done a bit of research before watching it. No, they go and see it, expecting something completely different than what it was, because of their ignorance, and the movie companies stupidity. Hence this craziness with Bruno. I watched Cohen's skits on Ali G.... once again.... if your going to watch something, do a lil bit of research, especially if it has outright insanity. I thought the movie was hilairous. And just in the tune of Bruno, and Cohen's humor style.
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Short Bus. OMG !!! I loved it !!!
Me mother can not go to movies, she must work in whore house to pay for family goat operation.
Will I be gay if I watches this movie show? Am I now gay when I have asked if I am gay? Can I be not gay again?
I saw about 5 mins of the 40 Year Old Virgin with my parents and little brother and bailed. To much raunchy humor and topics that I did not want to come up in casual conversation with my parents.....
Have no plans to see Bruno. From what I've heard, Borat was better but then again, Borat was NOT that funny.
Loved Borat. Hated Bruno. Subtitle to this movie should be"Take The Money and Run". The 'Madoff" principle worked here. We invested expecting great returns, but got ripped off (intentionally) instead. All efforts were made to "shock". Results: disgusting and worst of all .... boring, boring, boring.
I look forward to renting this and bringing it home to watch with my spouse. We live with my mother in-law, and she always likes to sit down and join us when we watch a movie together. What a great way to get her to leave the room and give us some privacy!
As for my parents, Team America is a hit in their house, same with Trailer Park Boys and Borat. We, as a family, love our laughs. And love to laugh at eachother. It's fun and good for the soul.
If Bruno offends you, don't watch it, there should be nothing to complain about.
Yes, we made the HUGE mistake of taking our teenaged daughter and son (as well as our son's best friend...~cringe~). Similarly, we all enjoyed 'Borat" (albeit separately) and thought the experience would be a good one. We even let the kids sit separately from us. Nowm I know that between the internet access they have (they both have computers) and their personal relationshiups, they have probably seen everything that 'Bruno' displayed when we weren't looking. While we gritted our teeth during the 'dancing penis' scene, the blue-collar swingers (amateur pornography with a censor box dubbed in) lead my wife to escort all three of them from the theater asking me to stay and come get them when the scene was over.
Ah...soft porn in a theater without the wife and kids around...
Needless to say, I cannot think of even the most progressive parent being capable of enjoying this film with their children (no matter the age) in tow.
I watched Team America with my husband and my adult son – I left he room while the puppets had sex – sorry, but they were enjoying it too much ...
If my mom were ever to see any ten minute segment of that movie, the hand-wringing would not end for days. I guess you have to know your audience to suggest seeing a movie like that.
To the guy who compared this Bruno piece of crap movie to Team America...
Wow. Just wow. I don't know what to say. A brilliantly hilarious movie like Team America compared to what by all accounts (obviously I wouldn't pay money to go to this movie) appears to be a bunch of penises waving around for 90 minutes is ludicrous.
Bruno is clearly, CLEARLY, just going to be an unfunny version of Borat. And this is coming from a guy who likes graphic, vulgar humour.
I LOVED [[borat]] but HATED [[bruno]].....
i am not easliy offended and the previews looked hilarious... but i soon realized after continual sex seens and offensive images and racial comments that bruno was NOT what i had expected. i was very disapointed and downright disgusted. i think they could of done so much better with the entire movie.
I saw Bruno last night with my buddy. We laughed incessantly throughout the duration of the movie, but when the lights came up as the credits rolled, I was appalled to see chldren who looked no older than 8-10 leaving the theatre with their parents. I was mortified that children that young were subjected to that blatantly adult material. Shame on any parent who thinks Bruno is age-appropriate for children!!!
My parents took me to see Summer of Sam when I was an adolescent. They apparently thought it had an R rating due to blood, guts and gore. They were shocked to find out it was because of R rated, graphic sex scenes. Talk about mortified! All I wanted to do was disappear and I could tell my parents were just as uncomfortable. We couldn't even look each other in the eyes afterwards.
When Borat came out, my boyfriend and I had planned to go by ourselves to see it. My mom was having a really bad day (she was in the middle of a divorce) so I invited her along...OMG! With some of the scenes in the film I could have died. The whole time my mom was staring at me and my date like she was going to kill us! I was SO embarassed....needless to say I have not taken Mom to another movie that was rated more than PG since then!
My worst story- renting "Pulp Fiction" with my Dad when I was in high school. There were definitely some uncomfortable moments there. To this day we have never talked about it. I think it is better that way...
My grand-parents insisted on coming to see the 40 year-old Virgin with me... I warned them and even took my precautions: I told them to sit near the exit while I got to sit in the top seats. 5 minutes in the movie, when Seth Rogen's character tells Steve Carell's about his Tijuana week-end (it involves a lady and a donkey...), my Gramma turned to me and gestured "we'll wait outside".
did someone above me suggest that the racist coke-head Richard Prior or the vulgar coke-head George Carlin, whose lives were cut short by rampant, open drug-use, were some how more artistically gifted than Sasha Baron Cohen? Don't get me wrong I am a white repub and I like all three, but I wouldn't use Carlin or Prior (two shock comics) as examples of what comedy should be if I were denouncing Bruno. What they were saying and doing in the 70's was just as taboo as what SBC is doing now in the 2000's.
This has happened far too often to me. I have taken my prudish mother to The Crying Game (I had no idea) and Something About Mary. A couple years later, we were on vacation and decided to catch a movie. I suggested a Pixar film, but Mom insisted that she didn't want to see a "kid's cartoon" and wanted to see Basic Instinct II instead. I asked if she'd seen the first one and she said no. I lobbied hard for Pixar, but lost. Omigod I've never been so mortified in all my life. Ever since then, I remind Mom that I wanted to see an innocent kiddie film but she just HAD to see a porn.
How does one contact the MPAA to inquire about the rational for giving this film an 'R' and not an 'NC-17'?
Boogie Nights + Parents for the Weekend = What was I thinking at the video store??????
I went to see Mrs Doubtfire, thinking it would be funny considering the cast. I took my boyfriend. We were both in high school and his parents had just announced they were divorcing - which is how the movie started. "Comedy" became "tragedy" in less than two minutes.
When I was a junior in high school all the buzz was "Pray for Rose Mary's Baby". I had not read the book but nieve me begged my parents to take me to see the movie. BIG mistake,All I could hear on the way home was how the movie was not fit for anyone to go see. Being from a NC rural mountain community and Baptist at that, "Lord What Was I Thinking". The devil just had to seduce Mia in the movie which deterred my wanting to read the book or even thinking about bringing the book home.
I went with my two teenaged kids,...... they chose this rather than go out to dinner,......YIKES....:( I definitely I agree, should not have been rated "R". Trust me, I will be doing some research next time!!!!!!!
too late. went and saw this with my mom on sunday night, since she is visiting LA for the week. most awkward movie i have seen at the theater with her since boogie nights (i WISH i was kidding!)
These comments are smart and hilarious – almost better than the column! Thanks.
NOPE no way id drag my mom to watch it w/ me, very conservative, girly -girl, old school femine, not to mention an avid christian to boot..she would NOT find it humerous in one bit...i would, loved borat, and if the previews indicate anything bruno could be just as good/funny..but i do know better than to try to drag her to this!
The ignorance of people posting in here shocks me more than the movie. "I took my dad to see George Carlin....", "I took my teenage son and his friends to see Bruno...", " I took my conservative christian future father-in-law to meet ron jeremy...". Jesus people this is the 21st century with TV, internet, radios and cell phones. Whats more scary is that these people vote.
I was astounded at how many parents were bringing their young children with them to see this movie. Before the show started, I mentally predicted the theater would be half-empty within an hour.
I was pretty much right.
Here's what floored me: not one parent opted to leave during the "twirling manhood" scene, but several started shuffling out once the visits to the ministers began.
Seriously, what does that really say about the parents?
I took my mother to see "Jerry Maguire" and had forgotten about the sex scene towards the start of the film. Afterwards, Mom reassured me that it was fine, but it'd be nine years before I'd take her to see anything else! Incidentally, that was "Little Miss Sunshine", which she loved. Of course, my mom was a marriage counselor and would analyze the characters.
Not sure why, but my grandmother went to see 'A Clockwork Orange' when it first ran in movie theaters. She was properly horrified and walked out.
Back when I was eight, my Dad took the family to see the movie 'Hawaii' (the one with Julie Andrews). My mom had my older sister took us young-ones out to buy theater candy during the scene where the half-naked Hawaiian girls paddle up to the whaling boats.
I didn't see Borat, and I have no plan to see this one. From your description, it sounds even worse than I figured it would be. Sure, it may be funny, but I'll take humor in good taste over lewd and off-color any day.
Zeb doesn't realize that we find the movie funny because it offends and insults people with sensibilities such as his own.
I don't get how you can be surprised by the content.
My Dad took me to see Porky's when I was seven years old. He asked me on the way to the car if I understood any of it. I said no, because I didn't want to get in trouble. But I had a 16 and a 14 year old brother. I understood almost all of it. Except Lassie.
I thought this movie was hilarious. Not for the faint of heart for sure. I went with my friend who thought it was hilarious as well. But as others said above not for the entire family. Don't take mom, don't take the kids, just you and your buddies.
Oh, am so glad I read this article. I was just contemplating taking my parents to watch Bruno!! Bad idea....
Never saw Borat. It looked stupid and annoying. Bruno looks to be more of the same.
***It was too over the top shocking, and truly not that funny. I should have waited until it came out on basic cable. I believe about a sixth of the movie would have been watch able as too much would have to be edited out for general viewing. I think women, homosexuals and not so true men are those who really found this movie awesome.
This guy's about as funny as a rubber crutch. I didn't bother with the first one either.
I had a similar moment when I rented the uncut version of Team America for a movie night with my parents. I had seen it in the theaters and it didn't seem like they could have left much out of the puppet sex scene in the theater version. Boy was I wrong. Honestly, the story of watching it with my parents makes me laugh even harder than the movie itself does.
Went to see "Seven" on a first and last date. ICK!
It really depends on your family. My family has always been very open about sexuality with me and we normally do not have awkward moments. I was 10 when my mom showed me the unsensored version of 9 1/2 weeks. I saw this movie with my boyfriend, but I wouldn't have felt uncomfortable if my parents where there. That said, the movie is pushing the envelope and if you do not have such an open relationship with your family members, it is better to see it with friends.
I have to say that the most embarrasing movie experience I've ever had was when my then fiance and I had his twin nieces (13 at the time) over for the weekend. He was in charge of getting movies for us. When he came home with "Bachelor Party" I was concerned. I had never seen the movie. But 10 (maybe) minutes into it with the "B-Job" comment, my nieces were like "Aunt Terry...what's that"??? I was mortified, and wanted to tell them, but he said it wasn't my place. Actually it wasn't his place to have brought that movie home for them to see. This was 24 years ago. The girls and I can laugh about it now...BUT....
So let me get this straight. Almost all of these posters say the movie was too insulting and hurtful for their family members, but they saw no problem with it themselves? Aren’t they somone’s family member? Ignorance indeed.
Reminds me of visiting my 80 year old mom. My brothers had recently bought her a subscription to satellite tv. She said she kept telling them there was "porn" on the tv, but they wouldn't listen. To my horror, she turns the channel to a porn flick and makes me sit there and watch it, saying throughout, "Now, isn't that porn? I ask you, isn't that porn?" Yes, mom, definitely.....
This is the same lady who sat through Borat, hating every second, but stayed because she had paid for her ticket and wanted to get her money's worth!
I saw Bruno last Friday and thought it was not as funny as Borat. Cohen is a comedic genius, so I expected more... The scenes don't shock me, I just don't think they're all that funny. The best thing in the movie, by far, is the dialogue involving Hamas. Absolutely brilliant.
Back in the 1980's a friend from Bangledesh wanted to take me to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I enjoyed the movie but aftereward he apologized and said if he knew the movie was like that, he would have never taken me.
Much to my chagrin, I took my teenage son and two of his friends to see Bruno. Boy what a mistake this was! I am so embarrassed that I took them to this movie. But based on the tv commercial and their pleas, I did. I am very dissapointed in myself; I should have read more about the movie content. Short of a few "black boxes" this movie was pornographic to say the least. And although it had its funny moments, it was extremely inappropriate for my teenager and his friends. It is definitely adult humor/situations. A rating of "R' is, in my opinion, grossly understated. I'm not a prude by any means; however, most rated "R" movies do not include such nudity or adult content. Wow! Needless to say, I was mortified when it was time to get up and go...which is why I delayed leaving early on. OMG!!
I went to see Pulp Fiction with a co-worker who had just moved here. We were both expecting a 'fun' movie with John Travolta, but we were both shocked. It was interesting that a CEO from a company that I worked with had gone with his entire family and I was watching them the whole time to see if they were going to get up and walk out.
Cohen is just the movie-version of an internet troll. He doesn't want to break the boundaries of comedy like George Carlin or Richard Pryor, he just wants to get a rise out of you. I find it best to treat him just like a troll by ignoring him. Pretty soon, he'll get bored and go away.
Been there, done that! My youngest son, 19 at the time, suggested we watch the video, "Jack A$$ the Movie". Son, husband, my mother and I sat in a dimly lit living room for some Saturday night entertainment. I vaguely recall freezing at what then unfolded before me. Testing testis with electro-shock wiring, launching bottle rockets from the rear, snorting Wasabi…I kept yelling at my son while he kept laughing and assuring me that was as bad as it got, which was an obvious mistruth. I finally braved a glance in my mother’s direction. She was sitting in the corner with a snickering beet red face. The son has since been permanently relieved of his Saturday Night Entertainment Selection Position.
I watched Something About Mary with my dad. When the jizz in the hair scene came up, we were both laughing but it was very awkward to watch with my dad. I'm thinking the scene would be funnier between a father and a son as opposed to a father and a daughter?
When the first Scary Movie was released, I was about 20 and my sister was 8. Mom talked dad into taking us to a movie and that's the one we picked.
Dad was pretty nonchalant about the rating (despite the warning of the ticket girl who said it should be NC17), then the scene with the girl's gym coach (and the drooping balls dangling below the skirt) comes along and I hear dad going "oh crap"
After the movie, dad asked me to go ahead and take sis out of the theater and wait a few minutes.
"I don't want anyone to think I took an 8 year old to see this"
I had the exact same experience as the author! Only wish that Katie had posted this earlier.
I went with my Fiance – and we were both so uncomfortable it wasnt worth the money. We both liked Borat and semi-knew what to expect. But this movie blew all expectations out of the water and not in a good way. It was disgusting and a huge waste of time and money. I would not recommend this movie to anyone. In fact I already told my sister NOT to see it. I only see SBC's movies getting worse from here on out so doubt I will see any future movies of his.
Who doesn't know this isn't a movie to bring your parents too?
I mean Bruno, not Borat.
I found Borat disgusting and would not pay money to see this movie or even see it for free. Disgusting and not funny
My sister and I also made this fatal error of seeing Borat with out Dad. He left after the "male anatomy" dance. He laughed but didn't find it all that funny. I think he was more amused by how embarrassed my sister and I were of seeing it with him than anything in the movie.
Saw it with my 21 year old son over the weekend – I don't know which of us laughed more. I was, however, extremely upset to see the large number of small children (we're talking 4, 5 and 6 year olds) in the theater! Even if you'd never seen Borat, surely you would have heard about it, so in what universe would any parent of a child that young have assumed that it was age appropriate??????????
I've heard very negative things about this trashy movie. Why is Hollywood so crude? This is unacceptable. Anyone see Fireproof? Now that's a clean movie. :)
I had seen The Piano once and loved it but my friend wouldn't go back. So I went alone. In front of me sat 2 elderly couples – by elderly I mean 75 plus. I think they thought it was going to be about Hymn Singing. Anyway I can still remember how I cringed when Harvey Keitel walked around that piano bare-naked and how I just felt their discomfort from 2 rows back......
Before we walked into the theater, we asked the ticket girl if the movie was any good. Her response? "It's like a train wreck with a plane crashing into it...and with an orphan." Yeah, she pretty much hit it on the nose. Funny nonetheless.
After having taken my mother and stepfather to David Cronenberg's Crash back in 1995, they learned that going to a movie with me is probably not the best way to share time. A conversation and dinner is a much better means of bonding time.
When I was about 15, I went with my mother and brother (14) to see Scary Movie.. big mistake haha. She tried just dropping us off but the theater told her she had to come with us for us to go in. Parts of that movie were just totally unnecessary. And another movie I wouldn't recommend watching with you mom... Cruel Intentions.
While I'll give credit to Mr Cohen for daring to be daring, this film was more embarrassing than funny. As a Gay man, I was mortified to think that some people may believe my compatriots may actually behave like Bruno, with no respect for social propriety or personal boundries.
Mr Cohen is more a provocatuer than entertainer, and one gets the feeling his goal was to see how far he could go without being physically assaulted; in one instance, his camerman was not as lucky.
Granted, there were some honestly funny bits, but they were too infrequent to save this sad excuse for entertainment.
I also made the mistake of watching Leaving Las Vegas with my parents when I was in early high school. My mom lasted about 10 minutes into the movie. Dad and I watched until the end–but avoided all eye contact with one another until it was over.
I saw the Wrestler with my mother. She claimed it was her first "R" movie but I think she was mixing that up with "X". Maybe it shocked her so much she got her ratings mixed up. She also thought that Marisa Tomei played a prostitute. I said no that technically she played a stripper and tried to explain the difference. Anyway, I loved the movie and Ma seemed to like it and she wasn't too scarred by her first "X" rated movie. I'm still a little scarred by my stripper/prostitute explanation and the questions that engendered.
My husband and I watched Bruno on Saturday; the most hilarious part for me was just knowing that all these people in the theater were seeing the same outrageous scenes I was. We live in East Texas and I am shocked that so many people came to see it! My best friend and I made the mistake of renting Feast of Love while visiting her 81 year-old grandpa. After the first two sex scenes we started yelling and covering our eyes as he asked us 'Did you guys rent me a porno?!?!' Memorable to say the least.
My parent's first-date movie was "Deliverance." Oy. Amazingly, they continued dating, got married, and are still married thirty years later.
I saw Team America: World Police with some friends when I was a senior in high school. My friend Cris didn't have his driver's license at the time so his mother bought herself and her son a ticket so that he could see the movie. Cris' mom, a conservative Catholic from Nicaragua, sat in a different row of seats but watched the entire film, barbie sex scenes and all. My friend Cris was horrified while my buddies and I couldn't stop laughing after the credits
Saw the Hangover with my father in law. Funny but how did they get an R rating? The credits were borderline NC17.
Saw it with my 81 year old father-in-law on opening night. We can barely look at each other still.
i went to go see it this past saturday. i agree i loved BORAT but Bruno was too overboard for me. i didnt like it all. i wouldnt recommend it to any of my family and friends.
My 80-year-old grandmother just adores George Clooney and had a thing for vampires so I thought it'd be a great Sunday outing to take her to see "From Dusk Til Dawn". Nice scene with Cheech screaming out p*ssy advertisements. MORTIFIED!
A talking and waving penis and lots of of other explicit stuff - and this movie only gets an 'R' rating? Shouldn't that be an NC-17. What MPAA rating would a talking VAGINA get? Would the women who found Bruno funny also be as tolerant of humor involving female genitalia?
When I saw it, in the audience was mom , dad and their 14 year-old daughter. They made it thru the scenes with Bruno and his boyfriend, Bruno and the beauty tecnichian, Bruno and the focus group, Bruno and the hotel staff, Bruno and the swingers....but they decided to leave when it came to Bruno and the dominatrix...I was confused as to why they decided to leave since that scene was tame compared to other parts of the movie, and the movie was almost over. By that time, the 14 year old was already damaged for life...might as well let her see how the story ended in the cage match.
OMG, I really feel (felt) your pain. Years ago, my husband and I bought tickets to a Gallagher show. (He's the guy who smashes watermelons etc and it sprays out all over the audience.) You'd think this would be harmless humor, right? Yeah, that's what I'd thought. Our horror story began when I learned that the in-laws (hubby's highly conservative parents) would be coming to town to visit us the weekend we already had tickets for this show. So, hostess-minded daughter-in-law thoughtfully orders a pair of tickets for them too. Thank God the show was almost sold out so their tickets were somewhere else, way back in the auditorium away from us. My cringe quotient even from rows and rows away was indescribable as the comic launched into all realms of humor including, I'll never forget, yeast infections, in detail. (Please, get back to the sledgehammers, back to the sledgehammers...!) I have never had such an icy quiet car ride as the one home with everyone that night.
I am also an only child and daughter...on a slow, wintery weekend my parents decided we should go see Beverly Hills Cop (or some version of it). I was between 12-14 yrs old. I suspected some impending foul play, so I decided to sit one row behind or in front of them. I was mortified and cursed my and their existence for the next two hours. I could hear my mom whisper about how bad the language was...yeah, that and what about the strippers?? Totally could not understand that choice...
Went to see The Hangover this weekend with my 89 year old father and my 26 year old son...absolutely hilarious...all three of us laughed throughout. Somewhat risque, and the language was slightly offensive to my dad. At the movie's end, dad responded "old Mr. Dillard would never have allowed this to be shown at the cinema"...referring to the owner of a movie house in Memphis TN circa 1930s. Anyway, it was good for a laugh.
When I was in high school, I saw Leaving Las Vegas with my parents....awkward!
I to be honest had no idea how bad the movie was... I was pretty overwhelmed with its content and I am not offended easily either. My son really wanted to go and to be honest even at 16, I don't think its appropriate for anyone under 17, which further surprised me that it was just rated R and not NC-17... it cusps on an X rating...
I did find it hysterical, but only in the "unbelieveably mortified... horrified and well... totally politically incorrect on soooo many levels.
MY SON WHO IS 15 AND MOTHER-IN-LAW WENT TO SEE THIS MOVIE. SHE LET MY SON PICK THE MOVIE AND HE CHOSE BRUNO. MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS COMPLETELY SICKENED BY THIS MOVIE AND SAID IS SHOULD HAVE BEEN RATED X. SHE AND MY SON ENDED UP LEAVING AND THEY WERE NOT THE ONLY ONES EITHER. I HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE, BUT DO NOT PLAN ON SEEING OR RENTING IT DUE TO HER REACTION.
Saw the movie with my 15 year old son and his friend. We were so embarassed by what I can only describe as gross out porn. We left half way through. We drove home in silence. Bruno reminded me of a creepier version of the psycho from Silence in Lambs, who said "she will put the lotion on her body". So disturbing! We loved Borat but have determined to swear off Sasha Cohen movies after this. If he does another one that every one says is as good as Borat, maybe we will buy the DVD where we can advance scenes.
I saw Bruno a few days ago and found it as hilarious/ cringe-worthy as I had expected. While the movie didn't make me feel uncomfortable, watching it with 6 and 12 year old (ish) girls sitting in front of me with their mother sure did. I'm all for raising well-rounded wordly kids, but seriously, that is just wrong!
Trust me, DO NOT GO WITH THE KIDS...mine are still laughing at the jaw-dropping I did when the penis spinning more than at the actual scene.....and I am extremely had to offend! This is not a "teaching tolerance" moment by any shot....loved the movie, though. I'm now waiting for Mr. Cohen's "Holocaust, the Musical" starring Bradolph Pittler
My sisters and I (we are in our early 50s) took my mother (73) to the movies over the weekend and she got to pick the movie. She picked Bruno, so we went. I loved Borat and while I can't say I hated Bruno, I squirmed through practically the entire movie. I did laugh a lot, but many of the scenes are so horribly graphic that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It was original and I guess entertaining but I wish they wouldn't have had all of the in-your-face penis scenes.
No, I wouldn't go with a parent... NO I would not pay to see this 'movie' ever again. I really don't see what people see in this waste of time and film. I wasn't offended, I was bored and annoyed. It's this kind of tripe that is lowering the standard for ALL movies and I am willing to bet lowering IQs at the same time.
My mom asked me last night if I wanted to see Bruno. We're going to see it tonight. I'll get over it.
It was truly a VERY funny movie and I loved it!!
But I have to say I would have rather have seen this movie along side my parents then to have watched "Team America" along side my parents but a mistake over the last holiday, thanks to my brother who thought it would be a great idea to have us all watch it. Truly, at least with "Bruno" and Sacha Baron Cohen, you know that you're in for a shockfest and he truly puts a comedic twist to it all ... not just a lewd or crude one.
Not a movie, but Chris Rock was the headlining comedian for the traditional "parents weekend" comedy show at my college. Had to endure jokes about sex during a woman's period and the requisite barrage of F-words sitting with my parents and 12 year old brother!! I think at least half the audience left before his set was over. Not sure which genius at my college made that booking, but needless to say future shows were headlined by much more family -friendly comedians. That was definitely awkward.
Oh, my husband and I watched "Knocked Up" with his parents. That was pretty bad, too. :)
I went to see Jeff Dunham with my dad. I'm used to seeing his comic skits on TV & figured it wouldn't be a problem. MUCH to my surprise, he has some very sexual skits you don't see on TV! I was kind of mortified, but I looked over at my dad out of the corner of my eye & he was laughing his butt off.
When I was 10, I convinced my parents to take my sister and I to see Hot Dog which appeared to be a movie about skiing. Needless to say we were very surprised by the fact that it was more of a softcore porn than ski flick. My mom covered my sister's and my eyes every five minutes, while my dad followed the story line intently:-)
Who would even think of taking children to see this movie? Based on the MPAA rating alone, not whether the 'parents' think its ok or not.. I bet none of those parents pre-screen any movies for their kids.. and they want to complain about 'this generation..'.. Wake up people! 'This generation' is directly influenced from birth by you parents..
When I was 16, my mother brought me to the movie theater to see "Freddie vs Jason," a terrifyingly gruesome horror flick involving two of Hollywood's most infamous evils battling to the death. Being a guy, I was thrilled. My mother, being a Christian conservative, was quite the opposite. We can joke about it now, but it took a while for her stomach to recover.
My best friend, my little sister, my mom and I saw Closer in theaters, thinking it was just a movie with Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman. It was so awkward trying to pretend I didn't know what all the sexual stuff meant and I felt awful for exposing my little sister to it. I think I'm the one who corrupted her...
I have scarred my teen daughter for LIFE!!! She is certainly not sheltered and I am very open with her – but OMG – did I have to make the choice to bring her with me??? NO!!! Learned my lesson with this one – Sacha Baron Cohen movies will be seen without my teenaged daughter from now on......
When I was in high school, I stopped by the house of a girl I was interested in dating. Her parents invited me in for dinner and a movie with them that evening. I tried to politely decline when I heard the movie was 9 1/2 Weeks, but they wouldn't hear of it. Much awkwardness ensued.
My brother and I went to see this movie and it was the one of the worst decisions we ever made with regards to movies. Let me say that we enjoyed and got a lot of laughs out of "Borat". But this movie was absolutely terrible!!! Did it have a couple funny moments? Definitely. Were there a couple "awww man" times? Absolutely. But outside of these combined couple of minutes in a full length film, I was actually extremely dissapointed and can't believe I stayed to watch the whole film. It turned out to be waayyyyy to much male genitalia and sexually provacative scenes than what an "R" rated film should have. I mean from beginning to end, over the edge sexually explicit scenes. Don't waste your money and if you have to see it... wait for the dvd and rent it. I wouldn't watch it with the family either!!!!
I watched Superbad with my parents on Christmas morning. Awkward doesn't even begin to cover it. They are totally cool...but I don't know who, if anyone, I would be comfortable seeing that with!!!
I'm 34, married with kids – took my Mom (will be 60 this year) to see it Saturday night. She laughed the entire time. Said it was filthy and disgusting afterwards but I told her she couldn't lie and that I heard her laugh throughout the movie. I loved it too.
In high school my boyfriend–now husband–and I used to rent movies and watch them at my parents' house. Usually it was fine because we chose the right kind of movies for this situation, but I remember renting The Astronaut's Wife...that was a bad choice!
We joined our booers group and booed during much of the film here in Phoenix. There are 37 of us now and groing. We will soon catch up to the Dallas chapter.
Yea no recommending Bruno to my grandparents (they were offended by Austin Powers). I can imagine few things more uncomfortable than sitting next to an older relative during the gyrating penis scene, sorry you had to go through that.
My wife and I once watched Coming to America with my mother. That was probably the most uncomfortable I've ever been while in the same room with my mother.
Took my 13 year old son to see the travelling theatre group of the broadway show Spring Awakening. He knew all about it already, but I had no idea. I like to think I'm pretty liberal, but I was crouching in my chair and covering my eyes through most of it. My mother had a ticket as well, thank goodness she didin't go, she'd be horrified!
I've seen Borat with my son, so nothing surprises us, but that (Spring Awakening), was too much!
Back in the mid-90's I was on my way to visit my parents for the weekend. I stopped along the way and rented a movie I had not seen yet. My cousin recommended the movie for me because she knew my sense of humor and knew I would love it. So, I figured I'll throw it in after dinner with the folks and we can all watch it together. The movie was "Clerks". Um, yeah.....
I am a mother & grandmother (age 54) and I saw the movie last weekend.
Outrageous – yes.
Explicit – yes.
DId I laugh? – oh yes.
Was I offended? No. I knew walking in that it was going to be 'out there'.
Shocked? Sort of. Mostly that he pushed the envelope so far and got this movie through the censors and rated only an R.
I have described it to my friends and children as being very close to porn. I would say that some of my friends would enjoy it while others would find it offensive.
It would have been a little awkward to see with my kids but I know they will love it.
Amazing that when I grew up, the Bond films were considered racy!
I actually saw a child of about 7 or 8 years old with her parents at a screening of "Bruno" in Corpus Christi, Texas, and to make matters worse, on the way out of the movie, she was saying it was "really funny." I'm sorry, that movie is wildly inappropriate for a child. I think it's probably even inappropriate for high schoolers. The fact that those parents took their very young child to this movie just further supports my theory that you should have to pass a competency test and have a license to procreate.
Too late. I went with my 20 year old daughter on Saturday.
I totally agree with you. Vas up?
I went to see this with my mom and brothers. One brother is 22, the other is 13 (Michael). My mom felt a little uncomfortable the whole movie, but when the swingers party scene came up she just about lost it. Me and my older brother just kept telling her that Michael would have seen it anyways and that she wasn't a bad parent.
I saw this on Sunday with my 55-year-old mother (I'm 20) and we both thought it was hilarious...no issues or awkwardness at all. Of course, I wouldn't see this with my father....I even saw several families there enjoying themselves. However, I could see how many people would never see this with their parents haha. My mom might just be an exception..
My brother and my father decided to rent "Zack and Miri Make a Porno". Having watched it before, I warned my parents to brace themselves. My dad fell asleep, and my mom watched the movie with her eyes bulging out of her head. It was priceless!
My mother-in-law was sitting in the living room when I turned on the tv. It was an episode of Sex in the City and the first words we heard were from Samantha and she said "I've been dating a man with some funky spunk." I hurriedly juggled the remote in a panic to change the channel as fast as possible.
I went with my teenage son. On the drive to the theater I discussed my misgivings about supporting a film that even though it would point out the worlds homophobia would portray the gay character almost in an Amos n' Andy mode. The movie made us laugh, made a point and made me cringe for allowing my son to see the scene at the swingers club and Bruno's antics with his flight attendant lover. Afterwards, again we talked about acceptance and telling mom as little about the movie as possible. If I had it to do over I wouldn't have let him see it only because it dealt with some things that he doesn't need to be bothered with just yet.
This movie was the worst rated R movie I have seen so far and I have seen them all. This should have been NC-17 almost I would say but it was a very funny movie. I would not advise everyone go watch it with there parents but I could go with my dad no problem...mom ehh leave her at home.
When my parents were first married, my father wanted to impress the in laws, so he decided to take them to a movie. He had heard the latest movie was "all the rage", so he took my very conservative christian grandparents to THE EXORCIST. Needless to say that was the last movie my grandparents ever went to see. I tried convincing my grandfather recently to see a movie and he refused. He said the memories were still too painful!
"Warned" my wife and daughter via text to my daughter that this probably was pretty risque with shocking views of anatomy and that "I Love You Beth Cooper" may have been more appropriate.....my daughter failed to share the text with her. My wife felt she needed to go to church to "repent" seeing Bruno with her daughter, although she felt that I should see it with my friend who raved "Borat" Definitely not a family "feel good" movie...yet other co-workers rave it was the funniest movie they have seen in a long time, if not the funniest ever.
When I was in High School, I went to the movies to see He Got Game. I clearly went with some friends, because in High School, whos going to the movies with their parents, lets get serious. Everything was moving along as usual, until Jesus Shuttlesworth went to visit Rick Fox at college, and Rick introduced him to a couple of well developed college co-eds. Im sure I dont have to explain how the scene played out (awesome!) but my friends and I soon realized that sitting right in front of us was a younger teen...with his MOM. Now a quick flash of nudity is one thing, but a full on porno romp with Mr. Perfect Jump shot and 2 legit adult actresses is something else. My friend soon leaned over, and quiety said, "Yo this kids here with his mom. Nice". That was enough to send us over the edge, and no doubt made situation between mother and son all the more memorable.
America has sunk to new lows if people find SBC funny. Try offensive and insulting. Finish high school, people.
Funny to bring up movies that make you blush. I took a church friend of mine to see a movie called "The Rapture," from 1991. It starred Mimi Rogers and from the previews it looked quite interesting. Well, after about the 3rd sex scene in the movie (there's a bit more of them than that), it was plain to see this wasn't a "church goers" film in the least. I have since escaped Christianity as my religion of choice but it's funny to think back on that night seeing that movie and my friend being so mortified! Wonder where she's at now? Probably baking cookies in a brothel! LOL!
I took my 65-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, mother to see Bruno, knowing full well what was in store. We didn't have to wait long. The first 10 minutes - as raunchy as any other scenes in the film - gave us an inkling of what was in store. If you can manage to tolerate that, you'll be fine for the duration. We both laughed our rear-ends off and the only cringe-inducing moment came during the bedroom scene with Ron Paul. We cringed not because it was sexually graphic, but because the bit seemed very cruel.
This movie was good but not as funny as I thought it would be. Alot of sex scences and nudity. haha I would have died if I saw this with my parents. I told my fiance we should have just stayed home and watched gay porn b/c that's what it was.
not to mention some of the current tv commercials! sheesh!
I saw South Park the movie and Borat with both my parents – the laughing coming out of them for both movies was louder than everyone else.
When I was in high school, I saw the Crying Game with my mother! Yikes!
George Carlin. When I was living near Washington DC, during one of my parents visits, I happen to have had a pair of tickets to see George Carlin. Being that my Dad was of that generation, I offered to take him to the show. We lasted about 20 minutes before we walked out. I had forgotten #1 rule of comedy, the live show is always more risqué. Neither my father nor I were over offended, but it was too icky when on a father/daughter date.
I'm curious if Ms. Mclaughlin saw previews for Bruno before decided to see it with her parents? The sex and lewdness is far from hidden, and it shouldn't have been a surprise unless you knew absolutely nothing about it going into it. The movie is rated 'R' for "pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language' (off of fandango.com) and I just can't imagine anyone seeing the movie and not having some idea of what they're getting themselves into.
I went with a male friend. I think I would have been embarassed to watch it with my fiancee and she's about as liberal as they get.
My bud and I went to go see this movie over the weekend. We're still laughing about it. We both have flamboyant friends and that made it all the funnier. See it with parents, children or even spouses may not be the best choice. Go with friends and you should have a great time. The talk and wave scene was the most outrageous and in my opinion, the funniest, scene in the entire movie
I'm still cringing about taking my 70+ year-old mother-in-law to go see Kinsey in 2004. What was I thinking? Love Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Don't so much love staring at the handle of my mother-in-law's wheelchair, instead of the screen, praying for the excruciatingly close-up sex scenes to be over. And there were many.
When I was a kid and we finally got cable, they showed Fast Times at Ridgment high over and over. My younger brother an I knew the movie pretty well so when our 28 year old cousin was baby sitting us and the part when pheobe cates gets out of the pool and takes off her top all in the imagination of judge nelson while taking care of business in the bathroom, my brother and I vacated the room. A few years later and a bit older my cousin and I talked about it and at the time she wondered why we were leaving the room until she saw for herself what was on the screen!
Brilliant, thanks for the tip. This movie looks wickedly funny from what little I know of it. I need to see it but will be sure to leave the parents and little ones home.
I took my aging mother to the movies one night many years ago. The film was 'Apocalypse Now.' In retrospect it was not the best choice, and that is putting it mildly!
I saw the midnight showing last week with my friends and the next morning i told my father that the movie was very funny and he loved Borat. I warned him not to take my stepmother to see the movie.
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