Jared and Jerusha Hess, a husband and wife team, first broke into the pop culture atmosphere with their surprise debut hit Napoleon Dynamite in 2004. Dynamite garnered a huge cult following and instantly turned them into overnight stars. Dynamite also became one of those movies you either hated or loved. Jared, handles the directing and Jerusha, who co-write together, followed Dynamite with Nacho Libre in 2006. Libre didn’t match the same buzz as its predecessor, but continued to cement the Hess’s as a big name in the comedy genre. They now follow it with their third feature, Gentleman Broncos.
Broncos tells the story of a teenage loner named Benjamin (Michael Angarano, Snow Angels). He is an aspiring science fiction writer and decides to attend a fantasy convention called the Cletus Festival to display his work and to generate new ideas. While at the festival, he meets famous sci-fi writer Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement, “Flight of the Conchords”). Ronald (whose voice sounds a lot like the late great James Mason) is struggling for ideas for his next book and his publishing company is threatening to drop him if he doesn’t come up with something soon. When Benjamin submits his story “Bronco” to Ronald hoping to get published, Ronald steals his story and simply change the names of the characters. He renames the title character and changes the title of the book to “The Chronicles of Brutus & Balzaak.” Benjamin is extremely upset when he finds out his story was stolen and develops a personal vendetta to reveal Ronald as a fraud and inflict physical pain upon him. The Hess’s also devote scenes to make the Bronco/Brutus character come to life, who is played by Sam Rockwell (Moon).
The movie also co-stars Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show), who is perhaps famous for playing the “MILF” in the American Pie series. Gentlemen Broncos is directed by Jared Hess and co-written by him and Jerusha Hess.
I loved Napoleon Dynamite and it will definitely be hard to top. The cast seems top-notch, but the trailer seems so-so to me. The Hess’s made an absolute classic with their first film and hopefully they can repeat that success this time out.
Gentlemen Broncos opens October 30th.