Beware the Gonzo (2011)

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Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman (Ezra Miller) is starting a revolution. When the wild-eyed rebel journalist is ousted from his prep school's newspaper by its Łber-popular editor Gavin Riley (Jesse McCartney), Gonzo starts an underground paper, "The Gonzo Files", to give a voice to all the misfits victimized by Gavin and his cronies. With help from the mysterious Evie (Zoe Kravitz), "The Gonzo Files" becomes a runaway hit and turns the school upside down, but Gonzo soon learns that the truth comes with … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bryan Goluboff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 28, 2011
Runtime:
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Cast


as Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman

as Gavin Reilly

as Principal Roy

as Cafeteria Guy

as Evie Wallace

as Diane Gilman

as Arthur Gilman
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Critic Reviews for Beware the Gonzo

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

"Beware the Gonzo" isn't bad, it's just that for a film aiming to celebrate media rebellion it feels timid and unadventurous.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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"Beware the Gonzo" is a thoroughly amateurish effort at capturing clued-in and smartass teens.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
New York Post
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With its stacked moral deck, student stereotypes and false, halfhearted ending, "Beware the Gonzo" is really formula straining at the seams to be more.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
New York Times
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Creates a recognizably adolescent milieu that's also a workable metaphor for the anxieties of the 21st-century press corps.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Time Out
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Too cute by half.

Full Review… | September 6, 2011
Village Voice
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While it covers familiar ground, it does so with a light touch.

Full Review… | September 13, 2011
Television Without Pity

Audience Reviews for Beware the Gonzo

I found this movie very enjoyable, clever, and well done...even though I seem to be in the minority. I think that Ezra Miller is a very fine young actor, and I absolutely love the quirky roles that he takes on. This one included...

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Cynthia S.

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It's the first week of Senior year and already, Gonzo Gilman has been kicked off the school paper and his friends are being bullied. Gonzo is a smart kid and he knows better than anyone that the pen is mightier than the sword. With the help of his loser buddies, Gonzo comes up with a plan to create the anti-newspaper of his High School, a publication that focuses on the negatives of the school and it's students. Most of these High School themed movies are about the popular kids drama or the unknown student who becomes a legend, but how often do you see the losers rise up against the popular kids, in a non-violent way? This story was written by Bryan Goluboff, who also wrote the screen play for one of my favorite movies, The Basketball Diaries. Much like that film, this one is as clever as it is funny. Ezra Miller stars as Gonzo, and gives the best performance I've seen him give. Yes, he was great in Perks of Being a Wallflower, but he has a whole different energy here, and I think it might have something to do with Miller's personal life. Miller is openly gay and has often talked about how difficult it's been for him. The character he's playing here, Gonzo Gilman, is a cult hero for every kid that's ever been bullied and didn't know what to do about it, and in a way I think this role was Miller's way of fighting back against what happened to him. He's opposed by Jesse McCartney, the most popular kid in school. I think McCartney is a tremendous talent and he's a good looking kid. For that reason, he's always portrayed as this sweet, loveable guy, and it was really great to see him in a different type of role. Sometimes the best way to rejuvenate your career is by trying something new and it works here. Beware The Gonzo is a refreshingly unique, independent film, with a great young cast, and an amazing writer, who is very particular about what he does. Everything comes together to create something terrific that we really haven't seen before. I can honestly say I loved every minute of this film and for that it's receives the label of must see movie!

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Todd Smith

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½

The premise is quite intriguing and Ezra Miller is really good. BEWARE THE GONZO, wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. But, it is still worth a look.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

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