Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gentlemen Broncos

The Hess brothers, who brought us Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, are set to release their new movie, Gentlemen Broncos.

Leaving aside that this is a rather shameless rip-off of Garth Marenghi, this looks like it will be a funny film. The Onion recently poked fun at a similar inanity when it reported how a "Sci-Fi Writer Attributes Everything Mysterious To 'Quantum Flux'".

But as funny as this stuff is, I'm hard pressed to figure out who they are making fun of. A movie like Galaxy Quest succeeded because it was recognizable as a parody of Star Trek. And Garth Marenghi was so funny because he was so obviously a send-up off Steven King and Dean Koontz. Maybe I'm missing something, but Ronald Chevalier bears little or no resemblance to any science fiction author I can think of. If anything he seems to reflect the kind of cut-rate sf that dominates Hollywood rather than what you'd actually find on the shelves of your local library's science fiction section. So this movie may be an enjoyable comedy but I doubt it will be a successful parody.

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