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BRÜNO artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 82m 32s

Release date 10/07/2009

BBFCInsight Contains strong sex and sex references

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Larry Charles

Cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Alice Evans, Trishelle Cannatella

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 30/06/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BRUNO is a satirical comedy in which Sacha Baron Cohen plays gay Austrian fashion show presenter Bruno, who falls into disgrace and travels to the States in an attempt to achieve fame. This film was classified '18' in accordance with BBFC Guidelines, for strong sex and strong sex references. At '15', the Guidelines state that 'sexual activity may be portrayed but without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour'. Both the scenes of strong sex and the sex references were considered by the Board to go beyond the '15' level, but acceptable at the adult '18' category. There are three strong sex scenes in the film. The first one features a montage of exaggerated sexual activity between Bruno and his boyfriend. The second shows Bruno comically miming fellatio and anilingus as he pretends to have oral sex with a deceased person with whom he is in contact through a medium, while the third scene features sex between couples at a swingers' party, with sexual detail obscured.


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