This is probably the zenith of both Jared Hess and Mike White's brand of awkward Midwestern comedy (even though White didn't write it). The humor too often falls into the realm of sophomoric gross-out gags, with barf and feces serving as a frequent punchline, but I enjoyed myself. The performances are uniformly excellent and the story touches on some painful but recognizable truths for all writers out there.
A film that tackles how the toxic self-interest of others can attempt to exploit and destroy artistic pursuits, Michael Angarano is like Harlan Ellison if he were meek and had grown up surrounded by tacky taste in Utah. The scene where he confronts his nemesis while wearing a woman's nighty is a brilliant image, but the delightful earnest innocence of Jared Hess's previous two films doesn't quite work for this tale.
Yeah, it's pretty bad. I've always found Jared Hess' style to be interesting, but he has yet to make a film that completely comes together in a satisfying way - this one may be his most muddled effort yet, particularly with some misguided attempts at crude, gross-out humor. But it is original, and not completely devoid of laughs - but still a disappointment considering what could have been done with the concept.
The "reality" scenes were too much like Napoleon Dynamite (especially the character Dusty) yet not nearly as well executed. I think Hess was trying too hard to achieve the same success he had with ND but it ended up being way over done. That said, the Yeast Wars Scenes were EPIC! Sam Rockwell is the man. Also really liked how the Sci-fi book covers were used in the intro credits.
Jared Hess is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. Gentlemen Broncos seemed much more rural than Napoleon Dynamite, with much more extreme awkwardness and quirkiness. Sam Rockwell really brings a much needed outrageousness to an onslaught of awkward as he acts circles around everyone else. Despite, a very enjoyable movie.
Perhaps the worst thing the Hess' have ever unleashed upon us (and I've SEEN Masterminds). So clearly trying to ape Wes Anderson...but make it wacky!!! A dull, juvenile and completely pointless waste of time.
I tried to enjoy the it for the sake of Jemaine and Sam Rockwell, but even they couldn't save the film from its self-destructive riffing on Jared Hess' village oddball formula. Michael Angarano seemed almost as exasperated by his undeveloped character as by the suffocatingly quirky universe surrounding him. That being said, the scenes with Sam Rockwell as Bronco and Brutus are hilarious.
Fun story and some nice charachters, but Jared Hess's gimmicky directing FINALLY got to my nerves. Why the hell is did he turn this into a sub-sub-sub-Napoleon Dynamite...I can't believe he forces the actors to act like that. Michael Arangano is really good, though.