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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.

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Jared Hess
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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

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Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

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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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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

The artwork in the opening credits is by acclaimed fantasy and science fiction artists Kelly Freas and David Lee Anderson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Benjamin: So, how do I avoid situations like that? I mean, the idea of somebody bastardizing my work really freaks me out.
Chevalier: I see. Have they paid you yet?
Benjamin: Yeah. They gave me a check.
Chevalier: Well, cash that check immediately. Enjoy your money. I mean, isn't that why we do what we do, dagnammit? For the money, for the riches of the earth! When the future generations will look back, do you think they will remember us for our writing? No, but for the wealth we have accumulated. Why do you think I wear this bracelet?...
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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 »


Soundtracks

In the Year 2525
Written by Rick Evans
Performed by Zager & Evans
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label and The RCA/Jive Label Group, a unite of Sony Music Entertainment
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Uneven but generally entertaining indie comedy
19 October 2011 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

"Gentlemen Broncos" is so off-the-charts weird at times that you often can't tell whether it's breaking new ground as a brilliantly original and creative work - or just trying too hard.

Michael Angarano ("Forbidden Kingdom") plays Benjamin Pervis, a friendless teen who lives with his penniless mom in a geodesic-domed house in rural Utah. Ben is a writer of sci-fi fantasy fiction who has one of his stories stolen by Ronald Chevalier (the delightful Jemaine Clement), a world-famous author with a James Mason voice. Ben also runs into a couple of bizarre indie-film makers who want to make the same story Chevalier stole from him (entitled "Yeast Lords" from the series "Gentlemen Broncos") into one of their shoestring-budget productions.

It's hard to know whether writers Jared and Jerusha Hess (Jared also directed the film) have any real affection for their characters and the world they inhabit or whether they view them merely as objects of out-and-out mockery and ridicule. In fact, the characters, with their mouth-breathing, slack-jawed expressions and atonal line readings, achieve near-freak show status at times. It's this air of condescension, rather than the tale itself, that sometimes makes it hard for us to laugh at what's happening on screen.

Despite this discomfort, however, there is still much to admire in the work. The movie has fun parodying both the unscrupulous nature of the publishing business and the accoutrements of low-budget filmmaking. Clement is marvelously deadpan as the sci-fi penner whose writer's-block forces him to scrap all traces of authorial integrity in pursuit of the almighty buck. And Angarano creates in Benjamin a character we can actually care about and root for. The enactments of scenes from Benjamin's novels are appropriately hokey and cheesy, and the movie also makes astute musical choices, particularly Zager and Evans' 1969 hit "In the Year 2525," which effectively book-ends the story.


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