Monday, March 15, 2010

Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

Dir: Jared Hess
Fox Searchlight Blu-ray

I'll start with the positive, I love the story of this film. It is about a young science fiction writer, played by Michael Angarano, who has been home-schooled by his widowed mother. He goes to a writer's camp for kids so he can meet friends and get feedback on his stories. While there he meets two other writers his age that ask to buy the rights to his story "Yeast Lords" so they may turn it into a no-budget video feature. He also meets his literary hero, played by Jemaine Clement, who is secretly struggling to write his next novel so he steals "Yeast Lords", changes some names, and sells it as his own. All the stories collide as the novel and the film gain popularity and Angarano's character starts to lose it while the others gain notoriety by bastardizing his creation. I also love the idea that we see the stories inter-cut with the three different visions of the same story, and Sam Rockwell plays the lead in both. But it's only conceptually where the film actually works. What should have been at least a good movie borders on the unwatchable with tons of fecal jokes, vomiting jokes, and "quirky" stereotypes that are more disgusting than watching a snake relieve himself on Mike White (a scene in the movie). This sort of precious filmmaking walks a very fine line between being alright or failing miserably.
I wasn't all too impressed with the Blu-ray image on this Netflix rental and there are no special features at all.


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