Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

Directed by: Jared Hess

Starring: Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell

Remember Napoleon Dynamite? Sure you do, it was mind-bogglingly popular for a couple years, which was only finally ebbed by director Jared Hess’ second attempt, Nacho Libre, which sucked. Apparently he’s still kicking around and doing the same basic thing in an effort to grasp at his lost glory, and thus you get Gentlemen Broncos.

Broncos is about a kid who lives in a small town who takes his science fiction manuscript to a script workshop run by a self-important but established sci-fi writer (Clement). Clement is running out of ideas, so he steals the kid’s script and publishes it as his own. Meanwhile, the kid has already sold the film rights to his story to a pair of amateur filmmakers, and he struggles with seeing his story maligned in several ways.

It’s very much the same kind of tone as Hess’ previous efforts, and just about as funny. I heard about this movie because I had seen animated gifs of Sam Rockwell in the sequences based off the book and it looked pretty crazy, and… it was. Those segments had an interesting style to them, but they were few and far-between, and also the writing was just as shitty as with the rest of the movie. Ah well, with two failed extremely similar sequels, maybe Hess will stop or move on to something new.

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