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Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

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Gentlemen Broncos is a movie starring Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, and Mike White. A teenager attends a fantasy writers' convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Benjamin
... Don Carlos
Robin Ballard ... Female Assistant (as Robin D. Ballard)
... Obnoxious Fan
Kristin Brewer ... Lady Shopper
... Chevalier
Kristie Conway ... Nerdy Girl
... Judith
Rod Decker ... Rod Decker
Isaac Demke ... Loyal Fan
... Tabatha
Johnny Hoops ... Kanaya / Kenonka
... Lonnie Donaho
Jizelle Jade ... Troll Girl (as Jizelle Jade Jurquina)
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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Release Date:

27 May 2010 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

As Crónicas de Bronco  »

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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?


Michael Angarano was recommended to Jared Hess by casting director Meredith Tucker, though Hess was unfamiliar with his work. When he watched Snow Angels (2007), Hess was "blown away by his performance ... he embodied what the character need[ed] to be on every level." Snow Angels (2007) also featured Sam Rockwell (Bronco/Brutus). See more »


When Chevalier opens "Yeast Lords," the audience hears the second part of the story as though he's reading it, even though it's obvious that he has opened to the first page. See more »


Tabatha: Well, you know, like all great writers, you're going to have to go through a lot of crap. But someday, you're junk will be seen by all, and it will be awesome.
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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 »


Just Like Jesse James
Written by Diane Warren and Desmond Child
Performed by Cher
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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No, no, no.
29 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

There's a prophetic line hidden in Jared Hess's new film, "Gentleman Broncos," which opens in limited release this Friday:

"People hated your movie," says a main character, "some of them walked out."

I had the painful experience of watching Gentleman Broncos at a DC screening on Tuesday. Gentleman Broncos is a 90 minute march of superficial characters, and endless, sophomoric jokes that don't further the plot or serve any purpose. There is very little of merit in this film to hold on to. Much (way, way, too much) of the film is spent in the god-awful story-within-a-story fantasy world of "Yeast Lords," which is a barrage of sophomoric jokes and gross-out humor. Attempting the whole, "it's so bad it's funny!" thing-- but it's so over the top and charmless that it wears quickly and doesn't pull of the "funny" part. Snakes pooping on people and plots based on gonads being stolen is not an example of satirical comedic genius. It's the work of a lazy writer crossing their fingers, hoping someone might laugh.

I'll give this movie one star, because it only had one: Jemaine Clement was undoubedly the shining light of this film. Clement is undyingly charismatic on screen, and turns even this weak script into something worth listening to. However, with the serious and underlying issues that riddled the rest of this film, there's no way Jemaine Clement could have saved the show on his own- he's just what kept me from leaving the theater.

The commenter below me compares this film to Wes Anderson, Scorsese, and the Coen Bros-- they must be a close personal friend of Jared Hess, or a PR agent for Fox Searchlight, or maybe we saw different movies. The film that I saw had very little in it to hold on to. As a whole, Gentleman Broncos is charmless and unsatisfying. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

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