After taking America by surprise with Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen returns in another guise as the flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion model Bruno. Inevitably, this 2009 follow-up to Cohen's guerrilla mockumentary hit is a substantial letdown, lacking the novelty of its predecessor (which couldn't have been helped) and working the same ultraqueer stereotype that TV sketch-comedy shows have been rolling out for decades (which could). One also suspects that this time many of the everyday people roped into Cohen's charade recognize him but are playing along for their 15 minutes of fame, which deflects attention from them and back onto Cohen's rather tired character. There are some solid, outrageous laughs here—most of them involving anal sex—but don't expect a second lightning strike. Larry Charles directed; with Gustaf Hammarsten as Bruno's adoring personal assistant.
Director: Larry Charles
Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer and Jeff Schaffer
Producer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Roach, Dan Mazer and Monica Levinson
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alice Evans, Trishelle Cannatella, Sandra Seeling, Ben Youcef, Alexander von Roon, Candice Cunningham and Tom Yi