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Beware the Gonzo (2011)



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Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman (Ezra Miller) is starting a revolution. When the wild-eyed rebel journalist is ousted from his prep school's newspaper by its über-popular editor Gavin Riley (Jesse McCartney), Gonzo starts an underground paper, "The Gonzo Files", to give a voice to all the misfits victimized by Gavin and his cronies. With help from the mysterious Evie (Zoe Kravitz), "The Gonzo Files" becomes a runaway hit and turns the school upside down, but Gonzo soon learns that the truth comes with consequences in this fresh teen-angst comedy. Beware the Gonzo also features Amy Sedaris and Campbell Scott. -- (C) Official Site

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Ezra Miller
as Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman
Jesse McCartney
as Gavin Reilly
James Urbaniak
as Principal Roy
Judah Friedlander
as Cafeteria Guy
Zoë Kravitz
as Evie Wallace
Amy Sedaris
as Diane Gilman
Campbell Scott
as Arthur Gilman
Griffin Newman
as 'Horny' Rob Becker
Edward Gelbinovich
as Scott Marshall Schneeman
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Critic Reviews for Beware the Gonzo

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

"Beware the Gonzo" isn't bad, it's just that for a film aiming to celebrate media rebellion it feels timid and unadventurous.

September 29, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

"Beware the Gonzo" is a thoroughly amateurish effort at capturing clued-in and smartass teens.

September 9, 2011 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

With its stacked moral deck, student stereotypes and false, halfhearted ending, "Beware the Gonzo" is really formula straining at the seams to be more.

September 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

Creates a recognizably adolescent milieu that's also a workable metaphor for the anxieties of the 21st-century press corps.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Too cute by half.

September 6, 2011

A dramedy set in the present day that doesn't seem to know much about the present day.

September 5, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beware the Gonzo

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. Beware The Gonzo is a refreshingly unique, independent film, with a great young cast, and an amazing writer, who is very particular about what he does. Everything comes together to create something terrific that we really haven't seen before. I can honestly say I loved every minute of this film and for that it's receives the label of must see movie!

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

I found this movie very enjoyable, clever, and well done...even though I seem to be in the minority. I think that Ezra Miller is a very fine young actor, and I absolutely love the quirky roles that he takes on. This one included...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The premise is quite intriguing and Ezra Miller is really good. BEWARE THE GONZO, wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. But, it is still worth a look.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

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