|Directed by||Jared Hess|
|Produced by||Mike White
John J. Kelly
|Written by||Jared and Jerusha Hess|
|Music by||David Wingo|
|Editing by||Yuka Ruell|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|Running time||89 minutes|
Benjamin Purvis lives with his mother Judith, who designs tacky clothes and makes rock hard popcorn balls. Judith and Benjamin make ends meet by working at a women's retail clothing store. Benjamin spends his spare time writing science fiction stories, and he has recently completed a story called "Yeast Lords" that centers on a hero named Bronco, modeled after his long-dead father.
At a two-day writing camp for aspiring fantasy and science fiction authors, Benjamin attends lectures by his idol Ronald Chevalier. Chevalier announces a contest for the writers, in which the winner's story will be published nationally. After encouragement from fellow camper Tabitha, Benjamin submits "Yeast Lords". Tabatha shows the story to her friend Lonnie Donaho who runs an ultra low-budget video production company. Lonnie gives Benjamin a post-dated check for $500 and begins adapting "Yeast Lords" into a film.
Throughout the film, portions of "Yeast Lords" are enacted as Benjamin imagines it. Bronco is infinitely masculine, and he valiantly struggles with a villain over yeast production. As Chevalier reviews the stories from the campers, he gets a call from his publisher, rejecting his latest manuscript. Panicked, he picks up Benjamin's story, and it sparks his imagination. Chevalier changes Bronco into Brutus, an extremely effeminate and comically flamboyant hero, but otherwise leaves the story intact. His publisher loves it, and the novel is rushed into production.
Benjamin is nauseated to see how badly Donaho has adapted his work, and he abruptly leaves the local premiere of the film with Tabatha. They go to a bookstore where he discovers Chevalier's plagiarism. He confronts Chevalier at a local book signing, assaulting him with some merchandise Chevalier had offered him in exchange for keeping his theft quiet. Judith comes to visit her son in jail to give him his birthday present. She hands him a box of manuscripts, all officially bound by the Writers Guild of America. She explains that she has been registering all his stories with them since he was seven years old, thinking they would make a nice keepsake for his children.
"Yeast Lords" is one of the registered stories. The film ends with copies of Chevalier's novel being replaced on store shelves with Benjamin's. Over the closing credits, he sits and proudly watches a fashion show featuring his mother's designs.
- Michael Angarano as Benjamin Purvis
- Jemaine Clement as Dr. Ronald Chevalier
- Sam Rockwell as Bronco/Brutus, the fictional story's title character Bronco, who appears in book-come-to-life sequences under two guises: one in the teenager's story and the other (renamed Brutus) in Chevalier's story.
- Jennifer Coolidge as Judith Purvis
- Suzanne May as Vanaya/Venonka, the heroine in the fictional stories
- Halley Feiffer as Tabatha Jenkins
- Héctor Jiménez as Lonnie Donaho (allegedly based on Stephen Groo)
- Josh Pais as Todd Keefe
- Edgar Oliver as Duncan/Lord Daysius
- Mike White as Dusty
In December 2007, JoBlo.com reported that Jared and Jerusha Hess had signed with Fox Searchlight Pictures to produce Gentlemen Broncos, based on a spec script they had written. The deal called for Jared Hess to direct and Mike White, who co-wrote Nacho Libre with them, to produce. Filming began in March 2008 in Utah. Much of the film was shot in Tooele, UT. In early August 2008, work on an Internet viral marketing began, which had a video introducing the character of Ronald Chevalier. A second video was released in October 2008. A trailer was released on August 19, 2009. Some of the artwork in the opening credits is by fantasy and science fiction artist David Lee Anderson.
Gentlemen Broncos was intended to be released theatrically on October 30, 2009, but due to poor reviews the national release was pulled from theaters.
The film received mostly negative reviews and holds a 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 78 reviews by critics. Metacritic gave it a generally unfavorable 28 out of 100 based on 21 reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film 2 out of 4 stars, writing that while "Hess invents good characters" they quickly become lost in a disjointed and meandering story.
- "Cedar Dreams", "Twilight", "First Flight", "Winds of Stillness"
- Written and performed by John Two-Hawks
- "John Sebastions's Girl"
- Written and performed by Shara Joyce and Rory O'Donoghue
- "The Oh of Pleasure"
- Written and performed by Ray Lynch and Tom Canning
- "The New World Anthem"
- Written and performed by Jeremy Wall
- "Celtic Voyage"
- Written by Joel Bevan
- "Moment of Truth"
- Written by Dan Graham
- "Celestial Soda Pop", "Tiny Geometries"
- Written and performed by Ray Lynch
- "GENTLEMEN BRONCOS (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2012-01-18.
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- Official website
- Gentlemen Broncos at the Internet Movie Database
- Gentlemen Broncos at allmovie
- Gentlemen Broncos at Box Office Mojo
- Gentlemen Broncos at Rotten Tomatoes
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