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Fantasy Fiction Meets Napoleon Dynamite

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | August 13, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | August 13, 2009 |

Maybe I’m not the appropriate person to offer an opinion on the trailer for Jared Hess’ upcoming Gentlemen Broncos on account of the fact that I’m not really into fantasy fiction. But I can still recognize awesomeness when I see it.

I don’t see it in the Gentlemen Broncos trailer. In fact, I see something more akin to the flat, lame comedy of Hess’ last film, Nacho Libre. I mean: When the running gag in your film revolves around an anus homophone, how much comedy can you actually expect? Gentlemen Broncos may further demonstrate just how much of a fluke Jared Hess’ debut, Napoleon Dynamite, was, unless you hated Dynamite, in which case: This is more of the same.

That said, Sam Rockwell is in this movie, and he’s nearly unrecognizable. I didn’t realize that Rockwell could play a character that wasn’t awesome. Clearly, I was wrong, though it does demonstrate how great an actor Rockwell is when a guy that cool can play a character as uncool as the one in this movie.

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