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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.
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.Read more ›
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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This is either a one star or a five star. Love Jemaine Clement. Is impossible to give one star if he is in it. Quirky. Cult. Read morePublished 1 month ago by johnnykwong
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