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Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

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A teenager attends a fantasy writers' convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist.


Jared Hess
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Angarano ... Benjamin
John Baker ... Don Carlos
Robin Ballard Robin Ballard ... Female Assistant (as Robin D. Ballard)
Steve Berg ... Obnoxious Fan
Kristin Brewer Kristin Brewer ... Lady Shopper
Jemaine Clement ... Chevalier
Kristie Conway Kristie Conway ... Nerdy Girl
Jennifer Coolidge ... Judith
Rod Decker Rod Decker ... Rod Decker
Isaac Demke Isaac Demke ... Loyal Fan
Halley Feiffer ... Tabatha
Johnny Hoops ... Kanaya / Kenonka
Héctor Jiménez ... Lonnie Donaho
Jizelle Jade ... Troll Girl (as Jizelle Jade Jurquina)
Daniel Love Daniel Love ... Camera Operator (as Daniel 'Doc' Love)


Benjamin, home-schooled by his eccentric mother, is a loner whose passion for writing leads him on an journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist, Ronald Chevalier, and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small town's most prolific homespun filmmaker. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

27 May 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

As Crónicas de Bronco See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,502, 30 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$113,155, 6 December 2009
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Did You Know?


People on set commented that Jemaine Clement and director Jared Hess bore a striking resemblance, which Clement explained by joking, "I've found directors often hire people who look like them." See more »


When Chevalier is reading Benjamin's story he has just opened the binder, in the next shot it shows he has read at least half of it. See more »


Brutus: What the crap? Oh! My gems!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, we see Bronco cutting some of his hair and pasting it with honey on Vanaya's bald head. And then they kiss. See more »


New World Anthem
Written and Performed by Jeremy Wall
Courtesy of Amherst Records, Inc.
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Heavy on Personality, Light on Depth
11 September 2011 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

When Benjamin (an aspiring young science fiction author) attends a writers' workshop, his latest work is quickly lifted and re-imagined by two of his fellow campers. One, an obnoxious small-scale filmmaker, does so with the creator's blessing while the other, an established novelist, claims the work as his own. Written and directed by Jared Hess, also responsible for Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, this eccentric comedy lands somewhere in between the hypnotic success of the former and the disappointing shortfalls of the latter. The opening act is a real riot, with quirky, colorful characters stepping out of the wallpaper and amazing over- the-top visualizations of Benjamin's work that treat his hokey material with unmasked deference. But while those big screen interpretations of his hilariously awful novel bring the goods throughout the film (with competing visions from the two other writers' interpretations raising the bar) the primary storyline doesn't keep pace. The awkward, passionately inept cast doesn't quite have the charms of Napoleon or Pedro, (with the exception of Jermaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords, who's outstanding as selfish sci-fi plagiarist Ronald Chevalier) and there's a notable lack of a top-of-the-mountain moment that was so present in Dynamite's dance scene. It's a spiritual successor that had potential, but never completely rises to the moment.

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