Gentlemen Broncos

May 27th, 2010


Gentlemen Broncos

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Still of Jemaine Clement in Gentlemen BroncosStill of Michael Angarano and Jennifer Coolidge in Gentlemen BroncosStill of Sam Rockwell in Gentlemen BroncosStill of Michael Angarano, Jared Hess and Jemaine Clement in Gentlemen BroncosStill of Michael Angarano and Mike White in Gentlemen BroncosStill of Jemaine Clement in Gentlemen Broncos

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

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.7/10 (4,565 voted)

Critic's Score: 28/100

Director: Jared Hess

Stars: Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Mike White

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.

Writers: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess

Michael Angarano - Benjamin
John Baker - Don Carlos
Robin Ballard - Female Assistant (as Robin D. Ballard)
Steve Berg - Obnoxious Fan
Jemaine Clement - Chevalier
Kristie Conway - Nerdy Girl
Jennifer Coolidge - Judith
Rod Decker - Rod Decker
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 - Camera Operator (as Daniel 'Doc' Love)
Suzanne May - Vanaya / Venonka


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [France] | Fox Searchlight |

Release Date: 27 May 2010

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Gross: $113,155 (USA) (6 December 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

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, Hess was "blown away by his performance ... he embodied what the character need[ed] to be on every level." Snow Angels also featured Sam Rockwell (Bronco/Brutus).

Continuity: When Benjamin's mom holds up the bag of country balls, she holds it with one hand. When the camera changes to Benjamin, she is holding the bag with two hands.

Chevalier: And finally we have a young-ling trying to penetrate the secrets of the human mind. You won't do it like that young-ling... You must use friendship.

User Review

'Broncos is NOT TO BE MISSED for the 5 people who like what it offers

Rating: 7/10

Three other films spring to mind that Broncos reminds me of in the sense that they all bring similar elements; absurdist story structure, over-the-top character-acting, and an unapologetic bevy of immature, toilet-ish, sometimes abstract humor.

What I can't think of is two people other than me that actually enjoy this kind of film a lot. And I'm guessing you can't either. That's why I think these kinds of films do badly. It breaks down like this;

- 10%; people who even knew this was coming out - 5%; of those people saw it - 2.5%; of those people liked it - 90% of everybody else doesn't care - 100% of those people who didn't care would probably hate this worse than could possibly be imagined.

If you disagree and love this film, see box office receipts for, and then watch; Land of the Lost, Freddy Got Fingered, and UHF. Not only are they three excellent movies in a similar vein, but they all bombed beyond oblivion for the same reason.


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