Big Words


Big Words

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Set in Brooklyn on the eve of Obama's history-making election, three former members of a promising hip-hop crew cross paths again to discover that some things never change. Former frontman John, once known as Big Words, is now a working class guy who raps only to himself. James is a publicist living with his boyfriend, far removed from the days when he rhymed about getting girls. While DJ Malik still spins records with a longing for the glory days. Together again on the day of a landmark election, the friends reckon with dreams diferred and new hopes. (c) Official Site


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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8)

  • Drumming is able to swing from lighter comedic moments to dramatic insights while making it seem effortless.

    Jul 25, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "Big Words" explores weighty themes with a very light touch.

    Jul 18, 2013 | Rating: 4/5
  • Full of ideas on art, politics, relationships, and the construction of identity, it's that rare film in which black characters aren't amped-up caricatures.

    Jul 16, 2013 | Full Review…
  • While not perfect, its restrained approach makes for ideal counter-programming in which message-mongering takes backseat.

    Jul 15, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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  • However, what's more impressive is how "Big Words" slips in major ideas about middle age, work, race, and gender politics into its narrative with ease.

    Nov 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Neil Drumming's Big Words is an engaging, entertaining and clever film about passion and nostalgia

    Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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