The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)
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It's a wistful charmer.
"The Giant Mechanical Man" won't change your life but it might lighten your heart.
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.
Under a few layers of urban twee is a sly, knowing little romantic comedy full of spiky performances.
Grinding its gears a bit in an attempt to achieve maximum quirkiness, "The Giant Mechanical Man" will meet most audiences' standards for "charming."
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.
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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.
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.
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...
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