My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005)



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All those movies the snotty clerk at the video store keeps telling you to rent get raked over the coals in this over-the-top satiric comedy. Harvey (Eric Hoffman) and Sam (Neil Barton) are a pair of identically black-suited hitmen who have been assigned to take part in a conceptually disastrous robbery in Las Vegas. Harvey and Sam are supposed to pick the other members of their crew en route; however, by accident they end up with Johnny Vince (Darren Keefe), a would-be jazz musician with chronic woman problems, and try to compensate by taking a hostage, Julianne (Paget Brewster), a discount store drone who tells all within earshot about her a lousy marriage and dreams of a better life. As Harvey, Sam, and their unwilling companions hit the road to Sin City, they cross paths with an aggressively cheerful French girl named Anomalie (Ashley Head), a possible murderer with a really bad memory (Brian Krow), a German redhead who's always running somewhere (Regina Berger), a Mexican gunman with a guitar case and a poor command of English (Manolo Travieso), and an awful lot of sensitive and articulate lesbians. My Big Fat Independent Movie was scripted by Chris Gore, who helped document the rise of the independent movement in the 1980s and '90s as founder of the magazine Film Threat (feel free to read as much irony into that as you wish).
R (for crude and sexual humor, language and violent content.)
Art House & International , Comedy
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Paget Brewster
as Julianne
Eric Hoffman
as Harvey
Darren Reiher
as Johnny Vince
Darren Keefe
as Johnny Vince
Ashley Head
as Anomalie
Brian Krow
as Memento Guy
Regina Berger
as German Girl
Manolo Travieso
as El Mariachi Guy
Paul Goebel
as Crime Boss
Rob Schrab
as Bald Genius
Dan Mirvish
as Rabbi
Neil Hopkins
as Lanky Man
Claudia Katz
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for My Big Fat Independent Movie

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

This low-budget effort lacks the wit necessary to sustain its brief 80-minute running time.

December 28, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

My Big Fat Independent Movie is a frenetic attempt to spoof every major art-house film of the last decade.

Full Review… | November 28, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

This painfully unfunny spoof promises to do for independent movies what Airplane! did for disaster movies, but mostly what My Big Fat Independent Movie does is demonstrate the ineptitude of its makers.

November 28, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

It's a sour, petty act of mockery that values its own ineptitude over genuine cleverness, travestying Quentin Tarantino and others simply for dreaming up gimmicks that worked.

November 21, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

If you've seen all the above films, this will all sound just as silly as it is. If you haven't, it will just sound cuckoo.

November 4, 2005
Detroit News
Top Critic

Not every joke connects, but Gore and director Philip Zlotorynski make sure that five more are waiting around the corner.

November 4, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for My Big Fat Independent Movie


This is one of the few spoof movies that you really don't get the jokes unless you've seen the movies they're making fun of. Essentials to see before this movie are Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Memento, Amelie, and Swingers. Some movies like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Run Lola Run are important too for the occasional joke. But if you're familiar with these movies, this is hilarious.

Tim Dickerson
Tim Dickerson

It might have looked good on paper, but despite a few early chuckles, the whole thing gets tired after 20 minutes.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

is it a stupid it fun in a very stupid way yes dont watch it expecting anything other then true smarts from the normal old arthouse film and just watch it to enjoy making fun of stupid arthouse films

dylan steffan
dylan steffan

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