The Big Bounce (2004)



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.

Movie Info

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.

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and nudity, violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sebastian Gutierrez
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
Box Office: $6.3M
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as Jack Ryan

as Nancy Hayes

as Walter Crewes

as Bob Rogers Jr.

as Ray Ritchie

as Alison Ritchie

as Lou Harris

as Frank Pizzarro

as Virginia No. 9

as Joe Lurie

as Bob Rogers Sr.

as Ned Coleman

as Dick, Coleman's Lov...

as Hawaiian Priest

as Jimmy Opono

as Con Nuuiwa

as Barry Salu

as Wendy the Party Plan...

as Celia/PBN Girl

as Waimea Willy

as Worker No. 1

as Worker No. 2

as Himself

as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Big Bounce

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (42)

Missing: this movie's plot.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Not a bad film, despite what you may have heard, but there is no doubt it should have been a lot better.

Full Review… | February 2, 2005
Laramie Movie Scope

With gorgeous Hawaiian cinematography, a charming Owen Wilson, and a clever script, I found it eminently enjoyable.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004

This movie is all looks and no brains.

Full Review… | July 25, 2004
Movie Metropolis

It's sexy, offbeat fun for the most part, but it's way too laid-back for its own good and, in the end, obstinately refuses to be anything more than the sum of its highly promising parts.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Empire Magazine

Yet another screen adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel, but this one just doesn't work.

| March 26, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Big Bounce


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

Super Reviewer

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......

♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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