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Gentlemen Broncos [Blu-ray] (2009)

Josh Pais , John Pleshette , Jared Hess  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Pais, John Pleshette, Clive Revill, Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Coolidge
  • Directors: Jared Hess
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003498RCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mount your battle stag, grab a popcorn ball and get ready to laugh your head off at Gentlemen Broncos! The director of Napoleon Dynamite (Jared Hess) and co-star of Flight of the Conchords (Jemaine Clement) team up to bring you the story of Benjamin Purvis (Michael Angarano), a lovable loner whose life is turned upside down when a pretentious fantasy author steals his story at a writers camp. Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie) and Mike White (School of Rock) join a hysterical cast of oddball characters in this 'fun, quirky comedy.' (People)

The folks behind Napoleon Dynamite proved themselves to be comedic quirk-masters, and Gentlemen Broncos fits right into Napoleon's moon boots. Michael Angarano stars as Benjamin, a self-conscious, home-schooled teen whose aspirations of being a science-fiction writer are played out Walter Mitty-style. His doting mother (Jennifer Coolidge) treats him to a weekend at a writing camp, where Benjamin meets his idol, sci-fi author Ronald Chevalier (Jermaine Clement, The Flight of the Conchords). Benjamin submits his "Yeast Lords" manuscript to Chevalier for the big-time writer's approval. But Chevalier is struggling for a hit book and he promptly plagiarizes Benjamin's work. Director Jared Hess cowrote Gentlemen Broncos with his wife, Jerusha Hess, and they do a fine job of capturing grimacingly painful, but funny trials of adolescence. The 'nad jokes and gross-out humor get a little stale, but the Hesses have assembled a brilliant, watchable cast. Angarano gives Benjamin a lovable, nerdy touch. Coolidge chalks up yet another comedic character role, complete with appliquéd sweatshirts and floral vests. Clement nearly steals every scene as the laughingly pompous sci-fi author Chevalier. Mike White turns in a fine performance as Dusty, Benjamin's mom-appointed guardian angel. Héctor Jiménez (Nacho Libre) and Halley Feiffer round out the cast as friends who want to help make Benjamin's "Yeast Lords" dream come true by filming an ultra-low-budget, amateur version of his story. As with Napoleon Dynamite, the cast's clothing is as funny as some of their lines. --Francine Ruley

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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why such brutal reviews? March 2, 2010
By MDecker
I had seen reviews for this movie on Rotten Tomatoes and rated on IMDB and can't understand why it got such horrible reviews. I just watched this movie tonight and found it absolutely hilarious from start to finish. Clement and Rockwell are great, and Mike White makes me bust out laughing in every scene he is in. This is an exceedingly original film, I can't think of anything to compare it to off the top of my head, and the fact that Cher and the Scorpions are both in the soundtrack makes all the more loopy. PLEASE GIVE THIS MOVIE A CHANCE!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broncos - Thoroughly enjoyable! March 2, 2010
By Ladfam
As soon as I heard about Jared Hess' latest project, I was excited to see it - even before the Dr. Chevalier viral videos were released.

So I was a tad let down to hear the negative buzz surrounding the film, and to discover it wouldn't be playing in any nearby theaters.

Even still, I decided to take a chance and purchase it on BluRay instead of renting. I'm one of the minority who really liked not only Napoleon Dynamite, but ALSO enjoyed Nacho Libre (typical response to Nacho Libre was poor). So I figured Gentlemen Broncos was a safe bet. ...and it turns out that it was!

Admittedly, there are a couple of "what the heck" scenes (particularly those involving Halley Feiffer) which I think some will find a bit off-putting if not totally repulsive, but overall the film is chock full of hilarious gems. (The PG-13 rating was due primarily to crude humor. There was one instance where "ape sh**" was used, but no swearing beyond that.)

I thought all of the characters were very well-played by their respective actors. Jemaine Clement's Ronald Chevalier is often cited as the show-stealer, and for good reason, but I found myself wanting to see more of Sam Rockwell's Bronco character. His near-hillbilly (fantastic southern accent) action hero portrayal was delightful to watch. I laughed hysterically at his "What the crap?!" reaction upon waking up in Daysius' lab.

It did seem like there could've been more extra features, but maybe that was because I'd seen many of them (the "Webspots") online prior to the release. The behind-the-scenes was a treat, which I would also liked to have seen more of, but the outtakes made up for it.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hess Best March 1, 2010
I went into this movie knowing NOTHING about it. And I LOVED it. For me personally this is Hess' best film. It's incredibly quirky, there are so many great moments. Sam Rockwell is comic gold. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who liked his other films at all.

I would also like to say that I think the price of the DVD is pretty ridiculous and will inevitably spurn piracy. I am torn about buying it. I want a copy pretty badly but I don't know if I should wait the price out or not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing-until-you're-crying funny January 24, 2013
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I feel ill-equipped to review the movie, because I don't want my lack of professional movie-reviewing skills to detract from how great it is. I'll do my best. If your sense of humor is like mine (favorite comedians: Paul F Tompkins, Maria Bamford, Jim Gaffigan, John Mulaney, Al Madrigal . . .), don't miss this real treat of a movie.

Taste in comedy is of course, very subjective. I would say use whether or not you liked Napoleon Dynamite as a baseline for whether you will like this movie. You either like cilantro or you don't. You either like subtly silly movies that are quirky without being creepy, or you don't. This is an underdog becomes the hero story, played out in the world of people who are in the margins of our culture: homeschoolers, sci-fi fans, dwellers of geodesic dome houses.

In this one, a homeschooled, amateur novelist teenager, Benjamin, played by Michael Angarano (Young William in "Almost Famous", young Red Pollard in "Seabiscuit") attends a teen science-fiction writers' conference, led by his hero, hit sci-fi author, Chevalier (Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords, Men in Black III, etc.). I don't want to say, "When Chevalier plagiarizes Benjamin's novel, hilarity ensues", because the hilarity begins in the first two minutes.

Like a Robert Altman movie, that gets you into a world you've only ever given a cursory glance from the outside, Gentleman Broncos gives you a real taste of the world of homeschoolers: the doting, struggling, sometimes oddball parents, the usually great relationship between homeschooling parents and their children, the confidence, misplaced or not, homeschooled kids have that they can do what they aspire to do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius film September 19, 2011
By R. Reed
This film builds on the themes of the previous one, 'Napoleon Dynamite', with odd and highly repressed characters suffocating under the endlessly banal tension of their lives. Unlike Napoleon, it also contains a wildly imaginative, hilarious interlocking science fiction adventure by the young sci-fi author protagonist, however, and this element makes this film the better of the two. This is a very offbeat, imaginative pseudo-science fiction adolescent coming of age story that is sure to delight anyone with an imagination, especially anyone who has experienced the stupendously nerdy world of science fiction culture and fandom.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, dumb.
Aw, so disappointing. I was hoping for the quirky hilarity of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, but this movie just doesn't cut it.
Published 17 days ago by J. Beecher
5.0 out of 5 stars Requires a Second Viewing
Let me be the first to admit that I absolutely HATED this movie the first time that I saw it. But after almost two years of convincing, I finally rewatched it and I have to admit,... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quirky and wonderful.
Published 29 days ago by lawalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie
Published 1 month ago by Teri
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different. Funny and odd all in one.
Refreshingly different. Funny and odd all in one. Have an open mind and you will be rewarded
Published 1 month ago by mcf888
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Don't bother.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't appreciate this movie, I will judge you.
This IS my favorite movie of all time. I can't stop quoting it! There are so many layers of humor, reality, and ridiculousness I can't stop watching it. Cyclops there. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Smee
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh my gosh...what a stupid movie.
Stupid beyond reason but you'll start to quote it. It grows on you...very very slowly.
Published 2 months ago by Samuel B. Hoch
1.0 out of 5 stars You would do better to spend your time with something else
You would do better to spend your time with something else. I enjoy quirky movies and find them hilarious. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan McFadden
5.0 out of 5 stars the more I like it. Great characters
The more I think about this movie, the more I like it. Great characters, great casting, wonderfully realized.
Published 2 months ago by Marion
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