They are NOT kidding when they say “For Mature Audiences Only!!” This time instead of the strange but lovable Borat, the focal point of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie is another character off of his TV series, Bruno. Bruno is a gay fashionista who comes to the US to revive his career and become the most famous Austrian since Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I actually got to see this one at a screening and… well… what is there that I can say while keeping this PG? I’m a big fan of SBC and totally get what he’s trying to do with these movies, but it was even too much for me and it felt like he was being forced to push the envelope this time around. And yes, people WILL walk out of the theater if you go see this, guaranteed. If you’re looking to laugh out of shock and be slightly uncomfortable at the same time, this movie’s for you. Just don’t take your grandma to see this unless you feel like explaining to her afterwards why Bruno has gerbils in his hotel bedroom.
I Love You, Beth Cooper
Save Beth Cooper, save the world? Wait… That doesn’t sound right… ‘Heroes’ star Hayden Panettiere is trying to make that jump from your TV screen to the silver screen in this teen flick. She plays, like, ONLY the most popular girl in school (not a huge stretch for her acting skills, I’m guessing) to whom the nerdy valedictorian of her school professes his undying love for at graduation. Mortifying? Well, she actually shows up at his door to show him the time of his life. This looks like a cute, fun movie to go see with your friends, but don’t expect it to win any Oscars. It doesn’t exactly have the most complicated plot and my bet is you’re going to be sitting in a theater full of giggly tweens wearing their Jonas Brothers shirts. If you’re a fan of Miss Panettiere, it’s a chance to see her in something a bit more lighthearted than ‘Heroes.’
Blood, The Last Vampire
It looks like vampires are IN this season, but this movie is a far cry from the teen sensation that is “Twilight.” Based on an anime/comic book series, Blood, The Last Vampire is a live-action adaptation about a loner, 16-year-old Japanese girl named Saya who’s half human, half vampire. It follows her journey to an American Military base to battle Onigen, the deadliest vampire of all. Basically, this movie is going to be bad-ass. Did you SEE the trailer? Martial arts, amazing special effects, vampires, AND a samurai sword? Yes, please! No big name actors in this, but it has the same producers as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Limited release, so make sure you look for a theater that’s playing it before you head out.