In an unusual move, Universal Pictures Intl. plans to simultaneously release a watered-down version of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno in the U.K. and Ireland that would allow more teenagers to see the comedy, Variety reports. Concern that the movie’s restrictive “18” rating would exclude the audience that made Baron Cohen’s Borat such a hit prompted the studio to snip a minute and a half of footage comprised of three scenes that contained “strong sex and strong sexual references” (one, a montage of exaggerated sexual activity, the second of the character comically miming various sexual acts, and the third features a swingers party) in a bid to obtain a “15” rating which allows anyone over 15 years of age in the theatre.
"Brüno Lite"planned for the UK
Watered-down version of the comedy would allow more teens to see it