Gigantic

Critics Consensus

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

36%

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34%

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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.

Cast

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
Robert Stanton
as James Weathersby
Brian Avers
as Larry Arbogast
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Critic Reviews for Gigantic

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  • '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.

    Jun 19, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's slyly misogynistic, dramatically inert, and wastes an intriguing boorish cameo from John Goodman.

    Jun 19, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This film is entirely empty: empty of substance, devoid of plausible characters, and without anything like a satisfying style.

    Jun 19, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Here the characters drive everything - they're quirky without being annoying, funny without being clownish and odd but realistic. As funny and interesting as it is, however, the film raises more question than it answers.

    Jun 19, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
  • Zooey Deschanel is the most delightful young actress in Hollywood.

    May 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Gigantic plays like a Sundance movie with half the nouns removed; fetchingly cryptic for a while, it's ultimately just obscure.

    Apr 23, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gigantic

  • Nov 27, 2011
    I enjoyed it. The cast really made this work for me and although overall it's not a great movie, there are some really funny lines.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2011
    Clarke Peters, what are you doing in this travesty? And other 'Treme' star Goodman, what why . . . even Zooey. A pretentious movie soaked in eccentricity for no reason and dialogue, situations, characters that all feel false.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2011
    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 <i>Black Swan</i>, 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 S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2010
    In "Gigantic," Brian(Paul Dano), a 28-year old unmarried man, is going through something of a rut, as his request to adopt a Chinese baby is perpetually on hold.(Say what you will about bureaucracies but occasionally they get something right.) His disposition does not improve after getting beaten up by a homeless man(Zach Galifianakis). At least, he sells Al Lolly(John Goodman) a $14,000 mattress. When his daughter Harriet(Zooey Deschanel) comes to complete the transaction, she falls asleep. Awake, she persuades Brian to drive her and her dad to his back doctor when he delivers the mattress and propositions Brian in the waiting room... "Gigantic" is a truly misguided attempt at offbeat comedy. It just goes to show you that even with the right cast, all may be still be lost. The fault lies mostly with the uninspired direction as scenes go on too long and a lack of coherence permeates the entire affair. Even the details are wrong. The showroom is much too ramshackled for the well-heeled clientele they hope to attract. Still, there is some indication that this might have looked somewhat appetizing on the page, since there are some clever ideas and dialogue that shine through even this mess.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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