Who’d have thought that a major film studio would be so wholeheartedly dedicated to civil rights? But, yes, the gods have responded to the hordes of teenagers left weeping at the turnstiles of Odeons, Cineworlds and Vues across the land by decreeing that the producers of ‘Brüno’ edit the film into a version fit for 15, 16, and 17 year olds. So, what’s missing? Gone is a scene at the beginning showing the colourful sex life of Brüno and his pygmy boyfriend. Gone is a scene in which Brüno mimics oral sex with a dead friend. And gone is a scene in which Brüno gets close to a couple having sex at a swingers’ party. The new edit is less sexually charged – and less explicit – than the original ‘18’ cut and Brüno’s bedroom antics are left more to the imagination. But worry not, there are plenty of jokes left about abortion, homophobia, Palestine and the like for teens to giggle at.
Friday July 24 2009
Sacha Baron Cohen