The Giant Mechanical Man

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Janice (Jenna Fischer) is down on her luck. Out of work and living with her well-intentioned but overbearing sister Jill, Janice is struggling to find her way and build a fulfilling life for herself. When she meets Tim (Chris Messina), a street performer whose unique talents as a "living statue" don't exactly pay the bills, she recognizes a kindred spirit. As they get to know each other, Janice begins to feel that she has met a like-minded person who could make her happy. But as their connection begins to blossom, Jill's meddling ways threaten to undermine Janice's first real shot at love. -- (C) Tribeca


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  • It's a wistful charmer.

    May 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/4
  • "The Giant Mechanical Man" won't change your life but it might lighten your heart.

    May 4, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Replete with eye-roll-inducing contrivances and heavy-handed symbolism - both lovers share dreams of their teeth falling out - this arrested-development comedy panders to the work-averse by taking easy aim at ambitious careerists.

    Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Under a few layers of urban twee is a sly, knowing little romantic comedy full of spiky performances.

    Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Grinding its gears a bit in an attempt to achieve maximum quirkiness, "The Giant Mechanical Man" will meet most audiences' standards for "charming."

    Apr 26, 2012

    John Anderson

    Top Critic
  • Fischer at least has personal and romantic reasons to be involved with this film, but audiences are unencumbered by such obligations, and should heed the title's warning sign and opt out of Kirk, Fischer, and Messina's fruitless little circle of pain.

    Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
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  • Apr 16, 2016
    Didn't expect much, but this was quite a sweet little movie. I have the Australian rental copy which is renamed "Love is in the air" and has a big picture of a smiling Makin Ackerman on the cover, so I was expecting something very light and fluffy. Actually, Jenna Fischer is the main actress and Malin has a smaller role as her younger, but more stable sister. Jenna plays a young woman who has lost her job, then her flat and has to move in with her sister who is hellbent on matchmaking her with an absolute douche author who runs seminars on how to talk to people. Honesty I did not recognize Topher Grace in his wig. I couldn't stand the character, but full points as I think that was the idea! Along the way she meets a similarly lost man who does street art as a mechanical giant and the two connect. The movie is nicely done and a little deeper than I expected. Yes, it gets a little far fetched at the end, but it's sweet. Definitely sat through worse.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2013
    It's not perfect, but it is a charmingly, quirky film. Though bizarre at times, it is occasionally funny, well-filmed, and has an interesting premise. What makes up for the film's cliched or odd moments is Jenna Fischer's great performance. Ms. Fischer makes an engaging and likable protagonist which begs the question what is next for her career in film. She delivers the awkward lines flawlessly and charms the viewer from beginning to end.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2013
    This is a sweet Indie style romantic comedy. It is a little slow moving, but never dull. Chris Messina, and Jenna Fischer, are both completely adorable. A real feel good, makes you smile a lot, kind of movie...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2013
    I've always liked both of the lead, which gives me my first reason. After the credit rolls, I smiled and feel glad of my decision. Chris Messina should be a bigger star than he is at the moment, and Jenna should keep on doing these kinda quirky/indie type of movies.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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