My Giant (1998)
Slimy agent Sammy is more devoted to his career than to his wife and son. When he accidentally ends up in a Romanian monastery, he is befriended by 7'7" giant, Max. He brings Max back to the U.S. and ends up learning some valuable lessons from the gentle giant.
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Critic Reviews for My Giant
Surprisingly touching comedy. Funny Steven Seagal cameo, and good relationship between Crystal and Muresan.
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.
Delivers a salutary message to children that a big heart is more important than either a thick wallet or a successful career.
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.
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