Beware the Gonzo

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Beware the Gonzo
Beware the Gonzo FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBryan Goluboff
Produced byCraig Cohen
Matthew Weaver
Israel Wolfson
Carly Hugo
Susan Shopmaker
Matt Parker
Written byBryan Goluboff
StarringEzra Miller
Zoe Kravitz
Jesse McCartney
Judah Friedlander
James Urbaniak
Amy Sedaris
Campbell Scott
Music byAnthony Roman
The Mod
CinematographyRichard Rutkowski
Edited byColleen Sharp
Corner Store Entertainment[1]
Distributed byTribeca Film
Release date
  • April 22, 2010 (2010-04-22) (Tribeca)
  • September 9, 2011 (2011-09-09)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

Beware the Gonzo is a 2010 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Bryan Goluboff. Ezra Miller stars as the titular Gonzo, a high school student who creates an underground newspaper. Zoe Kravitz, Jesse McCartney, Campbell Scott, and Amy Sedaris appear in supporting roles. Its title refers to a style of first-person confrontational journalism developed by Hunter S. Thompson in the early 1970s.

The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2010.


After being fired from his high school paper by editor Gavin Reilly, Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman establishes an underground paper with his friends Rob Becker, Ming Na, and Scheeman to give a voice to unpopular students. Eddie's idea catches the attention of Evie Wallace, who joins the paper's team out of disdain for Gavin. The first issue causes a commotion throughout the school and Principal Roy and Gavin offer to give Eddie his own section in the main paper if he tones down his content. Eddie, however, refuses to censor his articles, even under the threat of suspension.

For the second issue, Eddie exposes the unsanitary conditions of his school's cafeteria, causing the cafeteria to be closed by the health inspector. The issue brings popularity to Eddie in the high school, which grows when Principal Roy suspends him. He and Evie also enter into a relationship. However, Gavin attempts to damage Eddie's reputation by falsely claiming Eddie staged the conditions as a favor to diner owner Errol, Eddie's first advertiser. Eddie retaliates by writing an expose on Gavin, where he reveals that Gavin had Schneeman write a paper for him in exchange for not being bullied and humiliated an anonymous girl (Evie) with his friends after having sex with her; information that Schneeman and Evie trusted him to not make public. After the article is released, Eddie's friends break off contact with him and he is indefinitely suspended from school, pending a likely expulsion.

At the advice of his father, Eddie creates a video apologizing for his actions and his suspension is lifted. The apology earns him back the respect of many of his classmates, although his friends continue to refuse to speak with him. Nevertheless, Evie reaches out to Eddie again. The two make amends and resume their relationship.



Beware the Gonzo received mixed to negative reviews; the film has a 44% rating on Rotten Tomatoes[3] and a 36/100 rating on Metacritic.[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-11-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2010-11-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Beware the Gonzo at Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Beware the Gonzo at Metacritic

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