Weird and Stupid
Release Date: October 30, 2009
Starring: Michael Angarano, Jennifer
Coolidge, Jemaine Clement,
Mike White, Hector Jimenez,
Halley Feiffer, Josh Pais,
Edgar Oliver, Clive Revill,
and Sam Rockwell
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Jared Hess
Executive Producer: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, and
Producer: Mike White and John J. Kelly
Writer: Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess
Address Comments To:Stephen Gilula, President/COO
Nancy Utley, President/COO
Fox Searchlight Pictures
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Los Angeles, CA 90035
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Billed as a comedy, the movie is about the misadventures of a young aspiring science fiction writer from Colorado, Benjamin Purvis. Benjamin learns that his favorite science fiction writer, Ronald Chevalier, will be at a camp for beginning writers in high school. He takes along his most recent unpublished novel, “Yeast Lords: The Bronco Years,” a wacky story about a spaceman named Bronco trying to get back his mojo from some evil overlords.
At the writers camp, Benjamin runs into two other teenagers, Tabatha and her goofy boyfriend, Lonnie, who makes cheap student movies. Benjamin options his novel to Lonnie to make a very low budget feature-length movie, then discovers that the pompous Chevalier has stolen his novel, turning Benjamin’s hero into an effeminate transsexual.
Silly scenes from Benjamin’s original novel are interspersed with even more silly scenes from Chevalier’s novel and scenes from Lonnie’s campy disaster.
GENTLEMEN BRONCOS plays like the world’s worst porn film, but without the pornography. There are some references to body parts and sex, but they are not really graphic or extremely lewd. The humor in this alleged comedy mostly relies on making everyone but Benjamin seem as stupid and/or annoying as they possibly can be.
GENTLEMEN BRONCOS also has some brief foul language. Mostly, however, the most offensive elements are how stupid the story becomes and how poorly made the movie is. Even the positive ending doesn’t help. It probably was a mistake to show scenes from all three versions of the hero’s stupid novel.
GENTLEMEN BRONCOS is a weird, stupid comedy that may gain a cult following – if people overlook how poorly made it is. The humor relies mostly on making everyone but Benjamin seem as stupid and/or annoying as they can be. There are some lewd moments and brief foul language, but the most offensive elements are how stupid the story becomes and how poorly made the movie is.