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Gigantic (2002)



Critic Consensus: A clever, absorbing documentary about They Might Be Giants, a musical duo whose brainy, idiosyncratic brand of pop has earned them decades of cult success.

Movie Info

John Flansburgh and John Linnell are a pair of musicians who met when they were fellow junior-high misfits in the town of Lincoln, MA. Sharing a fondness for off-center pop music and absurdist humor, the pair decided to form a band, and later moved to Brooklyn, NY, in search of their big break. Adopting a rather unusual two-man lineup (guitar and accordion accompanied by a drum machine), the duo began performing as They Might Be Giants, and their shows were part concert, part performance art, and part edgy comedy. Slowly but surely, They Might Be Giants became one of the biggest bands on the alternative rock scene, and while they never threatened to break into the upper reaches of the Billboard charts, they've managed to develop a loyal cult following, and after nearly 20 years together, are still recording and performing their one-of-a-kind songs on their own terms. Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) is a documentary which looks at the long and sometimes strange history of They Might Be Giants, featuring extensive interviews with Flansburgh and Linnell; thoughts from fellow musicians Frank Black and Syd Straw; endorsements from noted authors Dave Eggers, Gina Arnold, and Michael Azerrad; and readings of the group's lyrics from actors (and fans) Harry Shearer, Janeane Garofalo, Michael McKean, and Annette O'Toole.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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On DVD: Nov 18, 2003
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Critic Reviews for Gigantic

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (22)

Prepare yourself for nights wandering around the house singing unshakable tunes.

Full Review… | October 3, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The flabby, fawning film Gigantic comes across as 102 minutes of rib-nudging by one of the duo's annoyingly self-satisfied connoisseurs.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Predictably, Flansburgh and Linnell are the saving grace of the movie, both in their interview segments (refreshingly witty, although the editing could have been tighter) and particularly in the live footage.

September 12, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Tries to be as irreverent and bouncy as a song by its subject, and succeeds for the most part.

August 15, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A modest amusement.

Full Review… | August 8, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

As tooting-your -own-horn documentaries about innovative alt-rockers who've been around for 20 years go, Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns goes very well indeed.

Full Review… | August 7, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gigantic


This superb documentary recounts the twenty-year rise of one of rock's greatest duos: They Might Be Giants, in an oddball style as beguiling as the music of the men themselves, John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Clocking in at a 102 minutes and featuring top-notch interviews with the likes of Jon Stewart and Sarah Vowell, plus the duo's avant-goofy videos and concert and tv footage, makes this essential viewing for fan and non-fan alike, especially the duo's rendition of 'Birdhouse In Your Soul' on the Carson-era Tonight Show.

Being a huge fan of TMBG I am obviously biased but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! I admit that if you are not a TMBG fan you probably aren't going to be as impressed with it (though if you are not a fan I am not sure why you would want to see it.) I don't know that it would necessarily win new fans but it does seem to have what is needed to make those who are already fans happy. Long live the Johns!

Also, of great value to fans is the DVD extras which include some old promos and music videos and things. Quite a nice little treasure trove of TMBG-ness!


I'm not sure how interesting it would be for non-TMBG fans, but for those already in the fold, it's a real treat. A fascinating insight into songwriting, popular music, and of course, They Might Be Giants

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