A few years ago, Napoleon Dynamite hit a nerve with moviegoers, gaining a cult following no one really expected. Writer/director Jared Hess followed up that success with Nacho Libre (which I have not seen) and now Gentlemen Broncos. As a life-long sci-fi fan, I was interested in this movie about a teen-ager whose novel is ripped off by a famous writer.
Chevalier, a prolific and well-known fantasy/sci-fi author, has hit a crisis point in his career: he's run out of ideas and his publisher is breathing down his neck. At a writing workshop, Benjamin submits a manuscript for Chevalier's evaluation. Chevalier likes it so much he decides to coopt the story for himself, making a few changes and submitting it for publication. Meanwhile, Benjamin's friend Lonnie decides to make a movie from the manuscript. The movie flips around from this movie-within-the-movie, to Benjamin's distress at learning his idea has been stolen, to Chevalier's accusations of Lonnie's stealing the movie idea from him.
Bottom line, 3 stars.