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My Giant (1998)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

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Third-rate talent agent Sammy Kanin (Billy Crystal) is more devoted to his career than his wife Serena (Kathleen Quinlan) and son Nick (Zane Carney), so instead of going to Nick's birthday party, he chooses to travel to Romania where his teen client Justin Allen (Rider Strong) is acting in a period adventure movie. When Sammy's auto swerves off the road, he wakes up in a monastery, having been removed from the wreckage by sensitive, Shakespeare-quoting, 7'7"-tall giant, Max (pro basketball

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Drama, Comedy

David Seltzer

Sep 29, 1998

Warner Home Video

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Surprisingly touching comedy. Funny Steven Seagal cameo, and good relationship between Crystal and Muresan.

July 14, 2003
About.com

Crystal is a good actor and a funny comedian, but if he wants to be a giant in the screenwriting trade, he still has some growing to do.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Delivers a salutary message to children that a big heart is more important than either a thick wallet or a successful career.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A by-the-numbers road comedy with predictable signposts and not enough giggle-provoking pitstops along the way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for My Giant

A year after the mess that was Father's Day Billy Crystal returned with another stinker and, while this one isn't quite as awful, it's still pretty stinkin' bad.

Inspired by his experience meeting Andre the Giant during The Princess Bride, Crystal plays a third rate talent agent struggling to get by. While on assignment in Romania, he gets in a car accident and is saved by a gentle giant named Max who clocks in at nearly 8 feet tall (NBA player Gheorghe Muresan is 7'7").

Seeing a lot of promise in him, Crystal's Sammy tries his best to get Max into the big time, and salvage what's left of his failing career and life.

As you might expect, there's a lot of hurdles to get through, and of course, being a scheming weasel, Sammy has some tough lessons to learn about life and humanity.

This really could have been a sincere, earnest, and good film. Unfortunately it's handled with little subtlety, originality, and nuance, so the end result is really trite, predictable, and cringe worthy.

As a dramedy it's really not all that funny, and the dramatic elements more often than not fall flat and come off as disingenuous and unearned. I'll admit that the Catholic jokes at the monastery and the stuff with Steven Seagal worked and were funny, and I liked a few of the dramatic bits, but overall this was fairly insufferable. I hated the gawking, the obvious routes the film went, and the generally exploitative nature of the proceedings. I felt bad for Muresan, and hope they paid him well for all the stuff done at his expense.

Had there been a stronger script, better execution, and a lot more tact, humanity, and heart, then yeah, maybe I'd be on board here. But instead this is shameful, dull, and has almost nothing worthwhile to offer.
November 18, 2013
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

wane comedy digestible because of the giant, sorta, and a cameo by seagal.
May 20, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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"dont ever see this. are we clear?"
"Crystal."
December 21, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

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Good film with a sad ending.
January 8, 2007
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