Gentlemen Broncos

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Gentlemen Broncos

Jared Hess (2009)

85min
12A Certificate
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Our Score
In this charming oddball comedy, awkward teenage sci-fi fan Benjamin (Michael Angarano) yearns to escape his humdrum life in small-town Utah by becoming a published novelist. When his best manuscript, Yeast Lords: The Bronco Years, is plagiarised by Dr Ronald Chevalier (Flight of the Conchords's Jemaine Clement), an arrogant star author suffering from writer's block, Benjamin springs into action to prove the extraterrestrial yarn is his own original work. Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess once again trains his camera on misfit adolescents, mocking the obsessions of sci-fi geeks with genuine affection and gentle humour that leads to an unsurprisingly heart-warming pay-off. Angarano is winningly naturalistic as the jittery hero of the piece, but it's Clement's pompous and self-important Chevalier who steals the picture, with Sam Rockwell as ludicrous space warrior Bronco in fantasy sequences running him a close second.

Summary

A teenager trying to publish a sci-fi novel gives a draft of the manuscript to his favourite author, hoping to get feedback. Unfortunately for him, the pompous writer passes the work off as his own - so he sets out to prove he is the true creator. Comedy from the director of Napoleon Dynamite, starring Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement and Sam Rockwell.

Cast & Crew

Benjamin Michael Angarano
Judith Jennifer Coolidge
Dr Ronald Chevalier Jemaine Clement
Dusty Mike White
Lonnie Donaho Hector Jimenez
Tabatha Halley Feiffer
Todd Keefe Josh Pais
Duncan / Lord Daysius Edgar Oliver
Cletus Clive Revill
Bronco / Brutus Sam Rockwell
Director Jared Hess
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 30 Apr 2010
Comedy