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Gentlemen Broncos (2009)



Critic Consensus: Unselfconsciously juvenile and overwhelmingly quirky, Gentlemen Broncos offers a lot of potty humor but isn't terribly funny.

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Benjamin, home-schooled by his eccentric mother, is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and hilarious journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist Ronald Chevalier and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small town's most prolific homespun filmmaker.

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Jemaine Clement
as Ronald Chevalier
Sam Rockwell
as Bronco/Brutus
Héctor Jiménez
as Lonnie Donaho
Josh Pais
as Tod Keefe
Edgar Oliver
as Duncan/Lord Daysius
John Baker
as Don Carlos
Rod Decker
as Rod Decker
Johnny Hoops
as Kanaya/Kenonka
Suzanne May
as Vanaya/Venonka
Robin Ballard
as Female Assistant
Steve Berg
as Obnoxious Fan
Kristin Brewer
as Lady Shopper
Kristie Conway
as Nerdy Girl
Isaac Demke
as Loyal Fan
Daniel "Doc" Love
as Camera Operator
Isaac Russell
as Skinny Boy
Jon Shere
as Boom Operator
Brian Unger
as Journalist
Edward Osborn
as Gross Guy
Benji Hughes
as Dad Photo
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Critic Reviews for Gentlemen Broncos

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (39)

Hess blends local color with celestial inspiration to create a forthright and original religious vision.

August 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Rockwell is the film's only consistently amusing presence.

July 16, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Runs out of ideas after 20 minutes.

April 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Veers from hilarious to unwatchable.

April 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

The film-within-a-film starring Sam Rockwell tanks quite badly, but Hess's affection for fantasy kitsch shines through brightly enough to generate real feeling.

April 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This latest from writer-director Jared Hess is another unsavoury stew of kitsch juvenilia that furthers the rot that set in between his first two films...

April 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gentlemen Broncos

Bizarre and oddly written, Gentlemen Broncos is a satire about the world of new sci-fi novels sucess and it's cinematic adaptation, as well it's fans. Dispite being silly, present a juvenile screenplay and seldom have an actually funny scene, the couple of filmmakes, Jared and Jerusha Hess, show another quirky view of the society and another interesting movie to watch. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


This is by the creator of "Napoleon Dynamite", and if you love that movie, then you will love this movie. Much of the same quiet, off-beat dry humor. It's about a kid who writes a sci-fi story, and a famous author steals his story. Pretty simple, but very weird and a lot of it makes no sense. The sci-fi scenes that are taking place in his story are some of the weirdest scenes I have ever seen, some are funny, but most are just way too out there. Jermain Clement plays the author, and he is great! I've loved everything he's done since "Flight of the Concords"(LOOK IT UP!). Not as good, or classic as "Dynamite"(do the chickens have large tallens?), but it's still worth a view if your into that humor. If your not, then just skip it and quit being a jerk.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

A successful pulp author who's run out of ideas steals a teen author's sci-fi novella. The beyond-offbeat tone, which might be characterized as "nerd grotesque," is uneven and takes some serious getting used to, but the movie is never boring; Jemaine Clement's often hilarious performance as the pompous Dr. Chevalier and the bizarre dramatizations of the epic "Yeast Masters" (which feature cyclopses, flying stags and stolen gonads) makes it worth the price of admission. Not for everyone, but not nearly the disaster it's been made out to be.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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