Beware the Gonzo 2011 CC

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When the rebel-minded Gonzo (Ezra Miller) is ousted from his school paper by very-popular editor Gavin (Jesse McCartney), he teams with the mysterious Evie (Zoe Kravitz) to start his own paper and turn the social hierarchy on its head.

Starring:
Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Beware the Gonzo

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Bryan Goluboff
Starring Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz
Supporting actors Griffin Newman, Stefanie Y. Hong, Edward Gelbinovich, Jesse McCartney, Amy Sedaris, Campbell Scott, James Urbaniak, Marc John Jefferies, Lucian Maisel, Jerry Grayson, Yul Vazquez, Judah Friedlander, Steven Kaplan, Tyrone Brown, Noah Fleiss, Tyler Johnson, Lucy DeVito, Alice June Blythe
Studio Tribeca Film
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Taking everything way too seriously.
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Eventually it becomes ridiculous as the matter is weighty enough to have state intervention, not school newspaper squabbles.
K. Harris
It was quirky funny and had a great ensemble of actors.
Susana Jimenez

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I have a soft spot for scathing black comedies set in a high school environment, so I was eager to check out Bryan Goluboff's "Beware the Gonzo." In addition to the subject matter, which really appealed to me, the film stars Ezra Miller whom I am convinced has the chops to become a major talent. Miller stole his every scene in the quirky crowd-pleaser "City Island," turned in compelling work in "Afterschool," is mesmerizing and chilling in the festival favorite "We Need To Talk About Kevin," and has scored with a couple of amusing TV roles. In short, he's on the right track to stardom in these great performances that expertly blend comedic and dramatic prowess. If you are a fan of Miller or any of the other young actors within "Beware the Gonzo," I might suggest you take a look. However, despite having a terrific premise, the film fluctuates all over the place in tone and gets mired down in a bit too many cliches and silliness. It's a shame. As the film began and we're introduced to the cast, this seemed like it had the potential to be a winner (albeit a mean spirited one). What starts as a biting comedy (4 stars) soon loses all sense of believability (2 stars) and morphs into a moralistic after school special (3 stars). I liked elements within the film, but ended up being more frustrated than anything when it veered into the realm of nonsensical.

Again, the idea behind the film is inspired and fun. Miller, an aspiring journalist, and his appropriately misfit friends decide to initiate an underground school paper to challenge the power hierarchy that rules the school. Jesse McCartney single-handedly represents every over-the-top evil characteristic necessary to make him an easy villain (he even has the school's only adult, the principal, cow-towing to him!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd Smith on October 20, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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The low budget fact didn't bother me, what did was for a prep school, a school full of high schoolers, all the actors were college age. I hated that. Maybe that is why I didn't like the story but. I could not watch all of it. I have to see a little realism a accept a movie and this one was lacking.
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