Big Bad Love

2001, Drama, 1h 51m

59 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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A boozy depiction of a struggling writer, Big Bad Love is too messy and self-indulgent. Read critic reviews

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An investigation into what it takes to make a thing. A chair, a soufflé, a pistol, a bridge. They come into being out of a certain restlessness, an irrefutable drive to put something where nothing was before. It's about running after something that you can never catch, and running from something you can never elude: As many kinds of love as there are in the world, the ones that make your heart beat fastest and the blood rush around in your head are usually the ones you can't put down.

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  • Sep 27, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Big Bad Love," Leon Barlow(Arliss Howard, who also directed and co-wrote) is an aspiring writer who tapes his rejection letters to his bathroom wall. His wealthy friend, Monroe(Paul Le Mat), gets him the occasional job housepainting, where they hang out together, followed by much drinking of beer. Due to his economic situation, Leon is often unable to come up with the child support for the two children he walked out on.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Big Bad Love" is a rambling stream of consciousness movie that stays one step ahead of total incomprehension. It is a tricky approach to take with a movie because the reality and the fantasy can be hard to tell apart at times but here it works due to Howard's keen visual eye which does a very good job of showing Leon's mental state.(And it is especially clear that Leon has not had sex in a good long while.) But a little of that goes a long way, and after a while, it does get tedious before a huge event shakes up the movie, shoving it into an entirely new direction. In the end, the movie might have worked had it been about 20-30 minutes shorter.[/font]
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