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Full Grown Men (2005)

Judah Friedlander , Matt McGrath , David Munro  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Judah Friedlander, Matt McGrath, Alan Cumming, Amy Sedaris, Deborah Harry
  • Directors: David Munro
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Liberation Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AWM0SG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Full Grown Men" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Alby Cutrera (Matt McGrath) is
a pathologically nostalgic guy who yearns for a time when life was care-free and action figures were 12-inches tall. When his wife kicks him out for being more of a playmate than a father to his young son, Alby tracks down his boyhood
pal Elias (Judah Friedlander - 30 Rock) for a trip down memory lane.
Only Elias s version of their younger days is considerably less rosy.
In a twist of fate, Alby and Elias set out on a comedic road trip to Diggityland, their favorite place as kids, but simpler times turn complicated as the two friends confront the landmines of their past. Journeying through the timeless back roads of Florida, they encounter a cast of crazy characters a disgruntled ex-theme park employee (Alan Cumming - X-Men 2, The L Word), a horny bartending clown (Amy Sedaris - Strangers with Candy), and a delusional mermaid (Rock Icon Deborah Harry) each one shedding light on the perils of not letting go. Full Grown Men is the bittersweet tale of a man who learns the hard way that
the best years of his life may still lay ahead.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and very visual colorful photography August 27, 2009
By SVhorn
Format:DVD
Coming of age takes longer for some. This film belies its low-budget indie background. Great acting by many new up and comers, as well as a blast from the past or two.

Diretor/photographers really take advantage of the Florida color saturation to create a film that has an incredible, rich color palette -- somthing you don't often see in cinema.

Well worth the time, and the bucks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There's an appealing underdog quality at work in the indie comedy "Full Grown Men." The concept of the man-child has been explored endlessly--mainly in big budget romantic comedies where men are afraid to commit to a relationship or, indeed, to adulthood. You can always see where these movies are headed--growth, understanding, maturation, and redemption. It's time to put away the clown shoes and put on your big boy pants, so to speak. The refreshing thing about "Full Grown Men" is that while it is certainly headed in that direction, at least it takes a varied path. For this isn't a romantic comedy, it's played as a buddy comedy.

The man-child in question is played by Matt McGrath. McGrath is likable, thankfully, despite his haircut! When he walks out on his family after another argument about his immaturity, he starts to reflect on better days growing up. Reconnecting with his childhood pal (Juday Friedlander), he starts to understand how his playful taunts may have been less than appreciated. The two head out on a wacky roadtrip--Friedlander is a special needs teacher going to pick up an award and McGrath insinuates himself into the equation. Through random encounters and much bickering, McGrath starts to.....oh, you know already. Part of his education is provided by Friedlander's students and, although it gets close, it's more genuine and less cloying than you might imagine.

I did smile through much of the film, but it was a bit slight in the long run. The drama felt a little thin and the humor a little forced. Not a bad movie, it's a pleasant enough encounter. It's just not really going to resonate for me beyond the initial viewing. Judah Friedlander did play refreshingly against type, and his understated work was the strongest element in "Full Grown Men.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh no! Marvin's not real? November 6, 2009
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Indy film "full grown men" visits the mind of Alby Cutrera, who is kicked out of his house by his wife because it's often difficult to tell who's younger; Alby or his young son. With nothing better to do, he decides to revisit his childhood, when times were perfect, mermaids were real, and moose could talk. Alby talks his schoolhood friend Elias, who has a completely different view of their shared experiences as children, into taking him to Diggityland, because Elias is going that way anyway. When Elias tries to get through to him, Alby remains stuck in the past as he now believes it was. Even when he is confronted with some ugly information about one of his childhood heroes, he is still unwilling and unable to leave his childhood behind. Alby's attempt to revisit those perfect days does, finally, show him that one can't really go back, and, maybe, in the process he grows up a little. Maybe...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars totally worth it November 30, 2009
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Honestly? I bought this movie because Amy Sedaris is in it for about five seconds. Turns out that Judah Friedlander is a decent actor outside of 30 Rock. If I remember right, this movie isn't very expensive and is a fun indie comedy. Nothing very inappropriate in it and definitely worth seeing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Visually pleasing...light on plot. January 6, 2011
Format:DVD
This film despite the high hopes I had for it, ended up being painfully average; yet still watchable. It's basically about a guy who leaves his family and goes on this road trip to try and recapture his youth. He does this by reconnecting with an old friend (played by a pretty decent Judah Friedlander) and trekking to 'Diggityland' which is an amusement park of sorts from his childhood. Of course as is with any road film... there's plenty of odd characters and side stories that develop on the way.

First thing I want to mention about this movie is that visually it's very crisp and nicely shot in a digital sort of way... which I found as a nice surprise for a low budget movie like this. This is a good sign that as digital video gets more advanced and lowers in price; even low budget stuff can look really nice and polished. Now to get back on track... the movie itself could use some work. The main character isn't really the best actor and the character he plays is absolutely unlikeable... he manages to be annoying and crass without eliciting hardly any actual laughter. If you're gonna play an unlikeable character you should at least make that character interesting or intriguing in some way. The story sticks pretty close to what the plot tells you it is... not too many surprises.

I think my major gripe here is that I was thinking I was going to have this fun nostalgic romp and it just seemed to go through the motions a little too much for my taste; and because of that I never really got fully into it. It's still a decent movie, and I think it's worth a rent especially if you enjoy road movies; just don't expect greatness. 3/5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Five Star Fun September 15, 2009
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I love this movie. It's funny and heartfelt and serious at the same time, and has brilliant performances -- particularly from Judah Friedlander, who absolutely stole the show for me when I saw it at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere (long before he turned up in my favorite TV show (30 Rock) by the way), and Alan Cumming, who I'd like to see more of. He's such a great actor. How come he's not in more movies? Hopefully these filmmakers will put him (and Judah) in their next movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excited Beyond!
One of the best original film! It exceeds expectations! This is my second copy. A must have in your video library. Especially like the bus driver in the final scene! Enjoy!
Published 10 months ago by Darwin Sealey
3.0 out of 5 stars full grown men... half size movie
Full Grown Men is a strange type of comedy in that some of the jokes work pretty well while others... not so much. Read more
Published 21 months ago by B. E Jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying characters, dumb plot
The male lead here makes me want to slap him, he is so annoying. Not only his dumb haircut, but the attempts to be 'childlike' are just annoying. He can't grow up? Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by Brad Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Why do good actors make a bad movie?
The premise of the movie is great, ie: We all have to grow up, and look what happens if we choose not to. Read more
Published on July 24, 2010 by David G. Jewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful fun for the whole family
I received this movie as a gift and was delighted to find that everyone I watched it with has been enjoying the comedy and charm of this film.
Published on December 24, 2009 by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Grown Men Review
Hello to all, I was able to see this picture before it was released on DVD, Let me just say the story was outstanding! Read more
Published on November 7, 2009 by Randy Neubert
3.0 out of 5 stars Never Grow Up
A fairly enjoyable romp through scenic Florida parallels one man's journey to discover just how twisted his childhood really was. Read more
Published on August 13, 2009 by M. Barnette
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