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At Theaters: 10/30/2009 On Video: 3/2/2010
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 30 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 549917
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Benjamin, home-schooled by his eccentric mother, is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and hilarious journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist, Ronald Chevalier and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small town's most prolific homespun filmmaker.
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Comedy - Like director Jared Hess's other two films, this is a very quirky comedy aimed at a young adult audience. The film may be a bit too strange for most mainstream audiences. Some mature humor make the film inappropriate for younger audiences.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Michael Angarano THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, SNOW ANGELS
Jennifer Coolidge IGOR, EPIC MOVIE, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Jemaine Clement EAGLE VS. SHARK
Hector Jimenez NACHO LIBRE
Halley Feiffer MARGOT AT THE WEDDING
Director: Jared Hess NACHO LIBRE
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About The Production
About The Casting
In The Land Of The Yeast Lords
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 S-word, 1 other.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights, cuts.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some tobacco.
ACTION: Fights and sci-fi combat.
COMEDY: Silly banter and wisecracks; gross-out gags.
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USA Today Full Review
Below Average It's meant to be ridiculous, but, not to flog a dead bronco, it's simply not funny.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Benjamin Purvis (Michael Angarano), a 17-year-old science fiction prodigy, lives in a geodesic dome in Utah with his mother (Jennifer Coolidge), an aspiring nightgown designer working on a line she calls "Decent Beginnings."

As a homeschooler, Benjamin doesn't have much experience in the real world, but his imagination takes him to fantastical worlds far from the drab small town in which he lives. When he finds out that his idol, sci-fi legend Dr. Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement) will be teaching at Cletus Festival ("the best writers camp in Utah"), it's the chance of a lifetime for the young author. He packs up his best manuscript, Yeast Lords: The Bronco Years, and sets out to fulfill his destiny. There he meets some new, equally misfit friends— budding romance novelist Tabatha (Halley Feiffer) and adolescent auteur Lonnie (Hector Jimenez), a filmmaker with more than 80 "films" to his credit.

Benjamin's attendance at the festival has two stunning results. His novel is optioned by Lonnie to be made into a full-length, lower-than-low budget motion picture, and Chevalier himself is so impressed by Benjamin's work that, in a desperate ploy to save his own career, he decides to make a few minor changes in the manuscript and publish it as his own novel, The Chronicles of Brutus and Balzaak.

As Benjamin's world catapults into a series of bizarre wrong turns, the story of Yeast Lords is seen in three different points of view: Benjamin's original story, Chevalier's bastardized version, and Lonnie's low-fi film adaptation. These three renditions are a celebration of the ridiculous world of cult science fiction films. Sam Rockwell turns in a pair of hilarious performances as Bronco/Brutus, who alongside his childhood best friend, Vanaya/Venonka (Suzanne May), heroically take on the evil overlords of the yeast factory in a desperate effort to save civilization.

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