Gigantic (2009)



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

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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.
R (for language, some sexual content and violence)
Comedy , Romance
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Paul Dano
as Brian Weathersby
Zooey Deschanel
as Harriet 'Happy' Lolly
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
Brian Avers
as Larry Arbogast
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All Critics (82) | 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 18, 2009
Time Out
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The characters are richly layered and well acted. John Goodman is a standout as Deschanel's dad, a rich blowhard with a sweet candy center.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Zooey Deschanel is the most delightful young actress in Hollywood.

May 20, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Gigantic plays like a Sundance movie with half the nouns removed; fetchingly cryptic for a while, it's ultimately just obscure.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Globe
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One of those indies that seems to be trying to top the quirkiness quotient of Juno.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
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Aselton's reason for making this movie is easy to discern -- he wants to be a filmmaker. But coming up with a reason for watching this movie is more of a challenge.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Dallas Morning News
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Super Reviewer

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
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
Alice Shen

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