Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno Gets an NC-17 Rating!
Somehow, by some miracle, Sacha Baron Cohen and Fox were able to get the MPAA to allow a 3-minute naked fight scene between two brutally ugly men slide by as R rated in Borat in 2006. But apparently they MPAA is not being so lenient this time. The Wrap is reporting that Bruno, or more accurately titled Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Male, has been slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA on its first pass. Obviously they're going to edit some of the overly sexual scenes so that it can get an R rating by the time it hits theaters in July. But so far this is some good news!
Apparently there are "numerous sexual scenes that the ratings board considers over the line." One of them involves Bruno appearing to have "anal sex with a man on camera." In the other, Bruno "goes on a hunting trip and sneaks naked into the tent of one of the fellow hunters," who, as we know, is one of Sacha Baron Cohen's unsuspecting victims caught on camera. So why is this good news? Because as ludicrous and awesome as Borat was, it sounds like Bruno is going to kick things up another notch, especially in the sexual department. Did anyone really think that Cohen would be able to top that 3-minute naked fight scene?
Apparently Borat got an NC-17 rating on its first pass, too, so this isn't exactly too shocking to hear. And considering Cohen has a little over 3 more months to finish editing this and get an R rating, it's likely we'll hear that it finally got the MPAA stamp of approval sooner than later. With this news, and all that I heard about the crazy footage shown at SXSW, it's easy to say that I truly am excited for Bruno this summer!