Gentlemen Broncos (2009) [Blu-ray]
|Fox || PG13 - 90 minutes - $39.99 || March 2, 2010|
|Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-03-18|
Writer(s): Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess (written by)
Cast: Michael Angaranom, Jennifer Coolidge, Sam Rockwell
Theatrical Release Date: October 30, 2009
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Remember all the hype surrounding Napoleon Dynamite? I sure do. His face and quotes were all over T-Shirts, buttons, stickers and people would just not shut up saying things like "Vote for Pedro" or "Heck Yeah". Ugh. Thankfully, a few years later the fad ended and people moved on to quote from other indie flicks like Juno and such. The writer, Jared Hess, later wrote the big flop with a big name attached to it, Nacho Libre, which really put him into the 'one hit wonder' pile (along with Diablo Cody). But here he is again, with a movie that he thought would be a better fit with his Napoleon Dynamite fans, and it fails on nearly every way possible.
What could have been an interesting plot, perhaps a game of cat and mouse, turns into a steaming pile of crap (literally - that scene is in this film). Benjamin is a home-school kid dreaming of the day that he can get his novels published. While away at a writers camp, he meets an aspiring writer, Tabatha (Feiffer), and a 'director' who already has produced 64 trailers, Lonnie (Jiminez). Right away they reek of being copycats of Deb and Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite... but we'll forgive that; for now.
At the writers’ camp, Benjamin finally meets his icon, Author of many amazing Sci-Fi novels, Chevalier (Clement; the only good thing about this film). He gives out some amazing advice like adding the work 'anius' to the end of any name to make it more creative. Really solid advice there. He also lets it be known that he is running a contest where anyone can submit their own stories, and the best will get a special 1,000 print run. Little does anyone know that Chevalier no longer has 'it', and steals poor little Benjamin's novel, changes things around, and calls it his own. As own might expect, chaos ensues...but not really. The film takes so many dips in quality, that I am not sure what the hell I just watched.
Alright, the general plot is really not that bad. As I mentioned earlier, I really would have liked a cat and mouse type game where Benjamin and Chevalier try and one-up each other to prove who really is a better writer, but it never happens. It isn't until the final 15 minutes that Benjamin even finds out his story has been stolen. The previous hour and change is all about Benjamin selling the movie rights to his stupid friends who put together some horrible child-like movie that actually gets a movie premiere (only in a Hess film). Along the way we are treated to three different interpretations of Benjamin's film (one by Benjamin, one by Chevalier and one by his stupid friends). All are so pathetically bad, it makes one wonder how much LSD must one take to even comprehend what is going on. Robot deers? Deers that fly? Pink puke? Steaming piles of shit? A feces covered dart hitting your mom’s boobs? Or, my favorite scene which I scream "What the **** was that?” was when Benjamin puked and made Tabatha hot for him (commence make out session....with puke chunks). .I've never had to sit through a film that was so bad, I had thoughts of washing the bad taste out of my mouth with a double-service of Howard the Duck and Troll 2.
Fans of Napoleon Dynamite may actually like the film which is set in 2009 even though everything screams 1987 (clothes, cars, dialog). Looking over at Amazon, I'm amazed how many people gave this film 5 stars simply because it's from the same guy who did Napoleon. Such a shame.
Deleted Scenes (6 Minutes) - A few scenes cut for time. Perhaps they missed the other 89 minutes?
Behind the Scenes (16 Minutes) - A bizzare look into the product of the film with some of the cast who really thinks this movie would have been a success. Jokes on them (or me for watching this?)
Documentaries (26 Minutes) - Over a dozen short clips with various people from the cast and crew. This simply looks like some of the stuff trimmed from the 'Behind the Scenes' featurette, but if you liked the film, you'll dig these.
Also included is an Outtake Reel. Joke’s on us as the film should have been the Outtake Reel.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
Gentleman Broncos is presented in 1.85:1 on a 50GB Disc. Looking very similar in style to Napoleon Dynamite, bright neon-like colors were present in almost every scene while characters themselves dressed and looked very drab. The fantasy sequences looked especially good, which is probably a bad thing considering how poorly they were made. You won't be wowed by this transfer, but it’s good enough for Blu-ray.
Fox has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. While dialog sounds fine by itself, the soundtrack seemed to center mostly on the front speakers and not the rears. It became a bit distracting when dialog was added into the mix. Can't really complain since it's a comedy.
And I raaaaaaaaan, I ran so far awaaaaaaaaaaaay. Do it. Please.