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Gigantic (2009)



Critic Consensus: This overly quirky, incessantly whimsical indie is too self-conscious for its own good.

Movie Info

There Will Be Blood's Paul Dano stars as Brian, an unhappy mattress salesman whose infatuation with Happy (Zooey Deschanel), one of his attractive customers, temporarily pushes aside his obsession with adopting a Chinese baby in this unconventional romantic comedy from director Matt Aselton. John Goodman, Ed Asner, and Jane Alexander co-star in the Killer Films production.more
Rating: R (for language, some sexual content and violence)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Matt Aselton, Adam Nagata
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 11, 2009
First Independent Pictures - Official Site

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Paul Dano
as Brian Weathersby
Zooey Deschanel
as Harriet 'Happy' Loll...
John Goodman
as Al Lolly
Edward Asner
as Mr. Weathersby
Jane Alexander
as Mrs. Weathersby
Ian Roberts
as John Weathersby
Robert Stanton
as James Weathersby
Jane Alexander
as Mrs. Weathersby
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Critic Reviews for Gigantic

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (22)

'Gigantic' is a film that succeeds by wearing the viewer down, as an infuriatingly coy, self-conscious first act gives way to a sweet and affecting climax.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Occasionally rises above its limitations. The operative word is "occasionally."

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
East Bay Express

Romance and comedy are deftly balanced in an observation of the beautiful but strange

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

More like 'bloated.'

Full Review… | July 24, 2009
Film Freak Central

This determinedly nonsensical American indie feels like it was assembled in an off-world quirk factory.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Daily Telegraph

Not quite this year's hip little indie romantic comedy that could, as it clearly aspires to be, but smart-ish and drily funny while overly littered with twitches and tweaks.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Gigantic

When it comes to family and relationships, there are no small surprises

Good movie. This movie was really mellow and slow but it was kinda good. Paul Dano is evolving as a very good actor and I can't help but to like Zooey's weird funny acting roles including this one. Good story and easy to follow.

Do we ever get what we want? Brian sells mattresses in a warehouse store. His father and older brothers have material success; he wants a child. He's applied to adopt a baby from China. A man who appears homeless seems to be stalking Brian with violent intent. He meets Happy, the daughter of a rich, quirky customer. She doesn't stick to anything, but she and Brian hit it off, except for her vomiting when she learns about his adoption idea. He wants her to meet his family, and there's a call about the adoption. What will Happy do?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A movie that seems to want to make a political or humanistic statement but over-quirks itself instead. Brian is quirkily shy; Happy is quirkily fucked-up (she even says so herself, and that always pisses me off in movies). Obviously, they should have sex. I dig the actors, and they're quite darling and sympathetic in this movie, but what exactly is this movie about? Fatherhood? Adoption? Government bureaucracy? Unconventional upbringings?

There's much talk on IMDb about the "controversial" hobo attacker played by Zach Galifianakis (to great heebie jeebie extent, might I add), saying he's supposed to be a manifestation of Brian's fear of growing up, committing to a child perhaps, but as with the supernatural inconsistencies in Black Swan, other people seeing Brian's physical cuts and bruises = NO SENSE! Brian actually removing a bullet from his leg, implying that someone actually shot him = NO SENSE! If it's all in his head, he's crazy and shouldn't be adopting a child. If it's visible to other people because he's self-inflicting these wounds, he's crazy and shouldn't be adopting a child. Furthermore, the scary music that underscores all the attacks also tip this movie from the sweet indie drama genre into the thriller mind-fuck genre, yet there is no Shyamalan twist in the end at all.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Interesting but flawed. It's a little too slow and doesn't make sense in some places, (for example, we never find out who the guy is who is following Brian around, trying to attack him). Harriet is a little too offbeat to be sympathetic, and WTF with the Chinese baby thing.
I like quirky little stories, generally, and this is definitely one of them, but I have seen this type of thing done much better. The good cast save it somewhat.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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