REVIEW: BEWARE THE GONZO
OVERVIEW: Anyone who roots for the underdog or considers themselves a misfit has probably found a connection with the archetypes in the films of John Hughes. The next generation of outcasts and eccentrics with something unique to say can find solace with the unique characters in Bryan Goluboff’s directorial debut,
Written and directed by Bryan Goluboff (screenwriter, The Basketball Diaries) and also starring Campbell Scott (Rodger Dodger), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) and James Urbaniak (American Splendor), BEWARE THE GONZO releases on January 24 on standard digital platforms and DVD.
Based on his own personal experience, Bryan Goluboff’s film is the story of a 17-year-old student who starts a revolution in his high school but nearly loses himself in the process. When a young Goluboff was kicked off his school’s newspaper in the 1980s, he gathered a group of his friends to begin an underground broadsheet. It started a huge commotion among the student body but also spurred much controversy and backlash from the school’s administration. Goluboff states, “I started a freak show paper to give a voice to everyone, but I ended up hurting people. I became drunk on my own power.” Rising young stars and indie film veterans are cast together in this fresh take on the teen-angst comedy.
BEWARE THE GONZO world premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and opened in theaters in September 2011. The film is produced by Craig Cohen, Israel Wolfson, Matthew Weaver; Co-producers Carly Hugo, Matthew Parker, Susan Shopmaker; Executive Producers Scott Prisand and Jenny Fritz. Collen Sharp is editor; Richard Rutkowski, Cinematographer. Written and directed by Bryan
SYNOPSIS: Eddie “Gonzo” Gilman (Ezra Miller, We Need to Talk About Kevin) is starting a revolution. When the wild-eyed rebel journalist is ousted from his prep school’s newspaper by its über-popular editor Gavin Riley (Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jesse McCartney), Gonzo decides to become the voice of the oppressed by starting an underground paper with the help of a beautiful outsider, Evie (Zoë
Kravitz, X-Men First Class). Not afraid to question authority and infuriate the school’s principal and staff, they give a voice to all the misfits victimized by Gavin and the rest of the in-crowd. But the more Gonzo uncovers about the injustices in his school, the more he learns that the truth comes with consequences.
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