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Gentlemen Broncos

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Indie comedy is too gross, cringe-inducing to be funny.

Movie PG-13 2009 90 minutes
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age 12+

In the year 2019 there should be a sequel

It is a great movie, but only if like me you worship the ground the director walks on

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age 12+

Weird and wonderful mother and son story

Based on the relationship between Jared Hess and his mom. A boy who is surrounded by all kinds of weirdness (and a little quirky and weird himself) stands up for his mom and her dream. When he does it gives him the courage to stand up for himself and his dream.

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Third time is definitely not a charm for director Jared Hess. His adorably infectious debut film Napoleon Dynamite was the breakout hit of 2004 and whose sophomore effort Nacho Libre at least featured a spandexed Jack Black as a Mexican wrestler. GENTLEMEN BRONCOS, however, doesn't have many redeeming qualities save for Clement (half of the hilarious Kiwi duo Flight of the Conchords), who steals every scene he's in with his pompous accent and ridiculous commentary about his expertise in sci-fi (like how to name a character -- by adding "anous" or "inus" as a suffix). He's the only character worth following, which is a considerable problem since he's not the protagonist.

Angarano's Ben is melancholy, long-suffering, and just plain boring to watch. His mother, Judith, is loving but clueless and has no friends except for Dusty (Mike White), a slightly creepy, python-carrying "Big Brother" who makes eyes at his mom. And then there's the completely unlikable duo of Tabatha and Lonnie, who are awkward and unfunny. Admittedly, the movie does have some laughs, mostly thanks to Clement, but there are so many cringe-inducing scenes -- the fictional Bronco's obsession with gonads, Dusty's python having the largest reptilian bowel movement ever captured on film, Ben's mom being hit with a dart in the breast, Tabatha squirting lotion on her hands and demanding Ben for a massage -- that several moviegoers left halfway through the absurdity. And who can blame them?

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