Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow up to Borat, has received an NC-17 rating in its first submission to the MPAA, the shadowy cabal with the power to basically torpedo your movie if they want, since most theaters won’t show an NC-17 film. In this case, however, since Bruno comes from a major studio (Universal), it will just get re-cut a few more times until they can get an R.
Among the objectionable scenes is one in which Bruno 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.
Cohen is currently appealing the decision while simultaneously struggling with cutting the film to suit the ratings board. But the ratings board, a secret panel of parents appointed by the studio-owned movie association, is notoriously inexact about what it requires to move from an NC-17 to an R.
Audiences saw 20 minutes of Cohen’s latest foray into high-wire comedy at the South by SouthWest festival this month.
In one scene showed at the festival, Bruno auditioned children for a subversive movie with a number of offensive acts. Clueless stage moms agreed to the increasingly absurd requirements set forth by the actor, including one woman admitting that her infant daughter could lose seven pounds in a week to fit the part.
I’m so glad that there’s a group of unemployed moms in Burbank with the power to determine what kind of movie I get to see. Without them we’d probably all be lining up for Air Bud 7: Doggy Shoots a Snuff Film. Admit it, you’d buy a ticket.
Subjoke: Simulated anal sex and holocaust references? Sounds like the time I went speed dating.