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  • Summary: Plenty of high schoolers feel bullied, ignored, and just plain screwed over by The Man. Not many take it into their own hands to print an underground 'zine revealing the icky underbelly of high school, from the meanest wedgie-givers to a nasty cafeteria. Eddie "Gonzo" Gilmanis just that guy,Plenty of high schoolers feel bullied, ignored, and just plain screwed over by The Man. Not many take it into their own hands to print an underground 'zine revealing the icky underbelly of high school, from the meanest wedgie-givers to a nasty cafeteria. Eddie "Gonzo" Gilmanis just that guy, and with help from his fellow outcasts, the newspaper Beware the Gonzo (the movie and the 'zine) is born. Evie is a sweet-faced girl with a bad reputation and revenge on her mind, and with her Internet savy, Gonzo even goes online. The repercussions are more than they could have anticipated, though. (Tribeca Films) Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 6, 2011
    60
    When Gonzo divulges his classmates' darkest secrets, we're meant to disapprove of his transformation from swaggering New Journalist to WikiLeaks extremist. In the real world, we've still haven't decided which ethical version we prefer.
  2. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Sep 6, 2011
    50
    As Beware the Gonzo happily dreams up its nerdy hero's victories over bullies, school censorship, and feeling like a nobody, it seems to do so from another time.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Sep 6, 2011
    50
    Too cute by half, Beware the Gonzo will appeal to the 20 people left on earth who insist on broadsheets over iPad apps and/or those bewitched by star Ezra Miller's pretty cheekbones.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Sep 29, 2011
    50
    The directing debut for screenwriter Bryan Goluboff, Beware the Gonzo isn't bad, it's just that for a film aiming to celebrate media rebellion it feels timid and unadventurous.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 8, 2011
    40
    Its serious intentions notwithstanding, Beware the Gonzo is essentially a comedy with a mean streak; its portrait of the big man on campus is truly venomous.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 9, 2011
    12
    A thoroughly amateurish effort at capturing clued-in and smartass teens.
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  1. Oct 20, 2013
    8
    It's the first week of Senior year and already, Gonzo Gilman has been kicked off the school paper and his friends are being bullied. Gonzo isIt's the first week of Senior year and already, Gonzo Gilman has been kicked off the school paper and his friends are being bullied. Gonzo is a smart kid and he knows better than anyone that the pen is mightier than the sword. With the help of his loser buddies, Gonzo comes up with a plan to create the anti-newspaper of his High School, a publication that focuses on the negatives of the school and it's students. Most of these High School themed movies are about the popular kids drama or the unknown student who becomes a legend, but how often do you see the losers rise up against the popular kids, in a non-violent way? This story was written by Bryan Goluboff, who also wrote the screen play for one of my favorite movies, The Basketball Diaries. Much like that film, this one is as clever as it is funny. Ezra Miller stars as Gonzo, and gives the best performance I've seen him give. Yes, he was great in Perks of Being a Wallflower, but he has a whole different energy here, and I think it might have something to do with Miller's personal life. Miller is openly gay and has often talked about how difficult it's been for him. The character he's playing here, Gonzo Gilman, is a cult hero for every kid that's ever been bullied and didn't know what to do about it, and in a way I think this role was Miller's way of fighting back against what happened to him. He's opposed by Jesse McCartney, the most popular kid in school. I think McCartney is a tremendous talent and he's a good looking kid. For that reason, he's always portrayed as this sweet, loveable guy, and it was really great to see him in a different type of role. Sometimes the best way to rejuvenate your career is by trying something new and it works here. Beware The Gonzo is a refreshingly unique, independent film, with a great young cast, and an amazing writer, who is very particular about what he does. Everything comes together to create something terrific that we really haven't seen before. I can honestly say I loved every minute of this film and for that it's receives the label of must see movie! Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    1
    This movie was absolutely terrible! I can't honestly say I don't know how I sat threw this whole piece of **** film. The acting was terribleThis movie was absolutely terrible! I can't honestly say I don't know how I sat threw this whole piece of **** film. The acting was terrible and the main character was even more terrible than the acting! I really recommend you don't waste your time watching this crap! Expand

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