Gentlemen Broncos

2009

Gentlemen Broncos

Critics Consensus

Unselfconsciously juvenile and overwhelmingly quirky, Gentlemen Broncos offers a lot of potty humor but isn't terribly funny.

19%

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Reviews Counted: 79

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43%
Average Rating: 2.9/5

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Benjamin, home-schooled by his eccentric mother, is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and hilarious 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.

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Cast

Jemaine Clement
as Ronald Chevalier
Sam Rockwell
as Bronco/Brutus
Héctor Jiménez
as Lonnie Donaho
Josh Pais
as Tod Keefe
Edgar Oliver
as Duncan/Lord Daysius
John Baker
as Don Carlos
Rod Decker
as Rod Decker
Johnny Hoops
as Kanaya/Kenonka
Suzanne May
as Vanaya/Venonka
Robin Ballard
as Female Assistant
Steve Berg
as Obnoxious Fan
Kristin Brewer
as Lady Shopper
Kristie Conway
as Nerdy Girl
Isaac Demke
as Loyal Fan
Daniel "Doc" Love
as Camera Operator
Isaac Russell
as Skinny Boy
Jon Shere
as Boom Operator
Brian Unger
as Journalist
Edward Osborn
as Gross Guy
Benji Hughes
as Dad Photo
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Critic Reviews for Gentlemen Broncos

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (29)

  • Runs out of ideas after 20 minutes.

    Apr 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Veers from hilarious to unwatchable.

    Apr 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • This latest from writer-director Jared Hess is another unsavoury stew of kitsch juvenilia that furthers the rot that set in between his first two films...

    Apr 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • At one level, it is pretty bad. Then, on the other level, it is downright horrible. Unless you're an entertainment masochist, neither is very much fun.

    Nov 25, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Don't pay money to see it, don't waste your time if it comes on cable; you might not even want to bother reading the rest of this review.

    Nov 13, 2009 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Where do you go after rocket-propelled deer statuary, cyclops warriors in golf carts, and Mike White with a dubbed Irish accent?

    Nov 12, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gentlemen Broncos

Bizarre and oddly written, Gentlemen Broncos is a satire about the world of new sci-fi novels sucess and it's cinematic adaptation, as well it's fans. Dispite being silly, present a juvenile screenplay and seldom have an actually funny scene, the couple of filmmakes, Jared and Jerusha Hess, show another quirky view of the society and another interesting movie to watch. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

This is by the creator of "Napoleon Dynamite", and if you love that movie, then you will love this movie. Much of the same quiet, off-beat dry humor. It's about a kid who writes a sci-fi story, and a famous author steals his story. Pretty simple, but very weird and a lot of it makes no sense. The sci-fi scenes that are taking place in his story are some of the weirdest scenes I have ever seen, some are funny, but most are just way too out there. Jermain Clement plays the author, and he is great! I've loved everything he's done since "Flight of the Concords"(LOOK IT UP!). Not as good, or classic as "Dynamite"(do the chickens have large tallens?), but it's still worth a view if your into that humor. If your not, then just skip it and quit being a jerk.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

A successful pulp author who's run out of ideas steals a teen author's sci-fi novella. The beyond-offbeat tone, which might be characterized as "nerd grotesque," is uneven and takes some serious getting used to, but the movie is never boring; Jemaine Clement's often hilarious performance as the pompous Dr. Chevalier and the bizarre dramatizations of the epic "Yeast Masters" (which feature cyclopses, flying stags and stolen gonads) makes it worth the price of admission. Not for everyone, but not nearly the disaster it's been made out to be.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

½

Gentlemen Broncos is a valiant effort from the writer/director of random oddball treats Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, but it falls short. The premise of a budding teenage sci-fi writer whose work is stolen by a fading icon of the genre is fun enough, especially when said work is portrayed onscreen in hilarious fashion by the great Sam Rockwell. Unfortunately the movie just relied too heavily on the same evaporating quirk that justified viewings of the previous two movies. Don't get me wrong, there were some genuinely entertaining and demented parts, just not enough of them. There's really no reason to go out of your way to see Gentlemen Broncos. I bought a used copy at a flea market for five bucks and got what I paid for. I'll leave it at that...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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