The Big Bounce

2004

The Big Bounce (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Lazily crafted and light on substance, The Big Bounce takes few chances and strands its promising cast in a subpar adaptation that fails to do its source material justice.

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George Armitage directs this big-screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard's The Big Bounce. Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) is an occasional thief who tends to a judge (Morgan Freeman). A woman involved with Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinese), a real estate developer of questionable ethics, seduces Jack. Ritchie and the judge are old enemies, complicating Jack's moral dilemma when the girls asks Jack to help her double-cross Ritchie. The book was adapted once before with Ryan O'Neal in the Owen Wilson role.

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Cast

Owen Wilson
as Jack Ryan
Sara Foster
as Nancy Hayes
Morgan Freeman
as Walter Crewes
Charlie Sheen
as Bob Rogers Jr.
Gary Sinise
as Ray Ritchie
Bebe Neuwirth
as Alison Ritchie
Vinnie Jones
as Lou Harris
Gregory Sporleder
as Frank Pizzarro
Anahit Minasyan
as Virginia No. 9
Willie Nelson
as Joe Lurie
Harry Dean Stanton
as Bob Rogers Sr.
Andrew Wilson
as Ned Coleman
Steve Jones
as Dick, Coleman's Lover
Butch Helemano
as Hawaiian Priest
Terry L. Ahue
as Jimmy Opono
Pete Johnson
as Con Nuuiwa
Brian Keaulana
as Barry Salu
Wendy Thorlakson
as Wendy the Party Planner
Beate Antares
as Celia/PBN Girl
Brian Costa
as Waimea Willy
Mike Renfro
as Worker No. 1
Tony Dorsett
as Worker No. 2
Kelly Slater
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Big Bounce

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (38)

Newcomer Foster cites Lauren Bacall as a precursor, but her ingénue fatale is more like a lost Olsen triplet.

Feb 3, 2004 | Full Review…

The story has been so poked and prodded and spun around it barely knows how to end.

Jan 31, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Everything here is too mild, too sloppy.

Jan 31, 2004 | Full Review…

Boring, unsexy, styleless, sluggish and physically ugly.

Jan 30, 2004

Insipid potboiler set against the far more enticing surf and sand of Oahu's North Shore.

Jan 30, 2004

Given a choice between shovelling my driveway or going to see The Big Bounce again, I would choose the driveway.

Jan 30, 2004 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Bounce

½

This is a great movie that is always fun to watch. The plot is great, the characters are really fun to watch and the Hawaii backdrop is a nice touch. Owen Wilson, to me, is always funny and this was no exception. I really like the comedy approach to noir, for some reason it just really works.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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Jack (Owen Wilson) is a low-key thief in Hawaii, looking for a scam after getting fired from a construction job. He winds up working for district judge Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman), doing odd jobs and gazing at Nancy (Sara Foster), the hooker mistress of the construction magnate (Gary Sinise),from beginning to end, the leading female character, Nancy, is central to the plot of the story, Heists almost get pulled, fates almost intersect, but not quite....Apart from some beautiful shots of Hawaii and some kewl cliff diving footage, there was nothing that really grabbed me about this movie......

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♥Robyn M♥

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½

Its an ok light hearted funy film a bit pointless but its ok really though this film just seems like everyones conning everyone and then gary sinines has the most smallest part that it was pointless having him in the movie which a was disappointed about!!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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½

Frank: I'm desperate for this money and we're friend, right? Jack Ryan: Yeah, we're friends. But, you know, it's the type of friendship where if you're in trouble, I probably won't be there for you. Just like I wouldn't expect you to be there for me. It's a more honest friendship. It's not this like phony thing. It's a genuine friendship. I can't trust you. You can't trust me. I'm not gonna take a bullet for you. I'm not gonna jump on a grenade for you. A laid back con caper/comedy. I wanna use the phrase surfer noir (I should save it for a better movie, but when will I get another chance). And of course it's laid back, it takes place in Hawaii. Lou Harris: You wanna piss with me? Jack Ryan: I don't even understand what you're saying. Do I wanna piss with you? Based off a book by Elmore Leonard, Owen Wilson stars as Jack Ryan, a small-time con artist living in Hawaii. After causing some trouble with a local boss, Gary Sinese, he is fired from a job and makes his way under the eyes of a judge/hotel manager, Morgan Freeman. Jack also meets the local hottie/con artist Nancy, played by Sara Foster. The two form a relationship of sorts, with Jack showing her some conning. The movie drifts along developing a small caper plot involving some money and twists, before reaching the final ending twist. Nancy Hayes: Jack, what do you think will happen if that money reaches those thugs. Jack Ryan: I don't know. They'll probably have a hell of a luau. Nancy Hayes: I mean to Walter! Jack Ryan: We'll probably get invited. The dialog is nice and sharp of course because it is from another book by Elmore Leonard. The Hawaii aspect is also effective because it doesn't just show the same old sights, it does a good job of going to different places. The cast is also in a laid back mode and it's just kind of nice. It may not ever be seen as a great or memorable movie, but I have a good time watching it. Bob Rogers, Jr.: You trying to be cute? Walter Crewes: Now, Junior, who can be cute with you around? Bob Rogers, Jr.: This is company business, Walter. Walter Crewes: Does he work for you? Bob Rogers, Jr.: No, but we paid him off and he agreed to leave. Walter Crewes: You paid him off because you owed him. Now he doesn't work for you anymore. Right? Right. So if he doesn't want to go anywhere, he doesn't have to. Right? Right. Jack Ryan: Right. Bob Rogers, Jr.: You gonna let him fight your battles for you? Jack Ryan: Yeah. He seems to be doing a good job.

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

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