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Gigantic (2009)

Zooey Deschanel , Paul Dano , Matt Aselton  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Paul Dano, John Goodman, Ed Asner, Jane Alexander
  • Directors: Matt Aselton
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028S10YM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gigantic" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Mattress salesman, Brian Weathersby (PAUL DANO) gets swept up in a romance with the lovely but misguided Harriet Lolly (ZOOEY DESCHANEL) when she comes in to his store one day and falls asleep on one of the beds. To win her over, he must compete with her bear of a father, Al Lolly, (JOHN GOODMAN) an art-collecting loudmouth with a bad back and deep pockets. GIGANTIC is a funny, surreal love story about the anxiety that comes when two people with crazy families collide unexpectedly and fall for each other.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure & totally dysfunctional - loved it. August 8, 2009
What a great little film. An irrational "love" story filled with the single most dysfunctional group of dorks I have ever enjoyed watching. Two obscure performances from Ed Asner and the mute Zach Galifianakis underscore the boldest roles for Zooey and Paul Dano I have seen outside of their mainstream stuff.

It is difficult to explain as I found it hard to classify this a comedy, but the laugh out loud moments of excellent writing were numerous and placed just right. The story follows two young lovers as they traverse their "jobs", un-describable families, and each of their respective dysfunctions. Along the way we are subjected to Galifianakis' homeless stalker, Ed Asner's bizarre dad insight, and a Japanese spa scene that if described, would not allow this review to get posted (do not remember seeing anything like that on film before).

The filming is unique, the 5.1 is decent and picture quality is good. The special features are sparse but contain one of the most relevant deleted/alternate scenes I have watched in some time. Had they edited that 30 second clip into the film (the alternate scene clip), it would have changed the entire premise. The stills gallery is forgettable and a trailer is included. Would have preferred to see more about the brains behind this and maybe a featurette, but the film is an interesting piece on its own. It says R for language, sexual content and violence, but nudity should be in there also for the Zooey/pool scene, albeit from a distance.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Charming, Low-Key Film August 16, 2009
Gigantic is another independent romantic-comedy starring Zooey Deschanel. Like other films of this sort that she's starred in, it's not your typical, everything-turns-out-fine, big box-office take romantic-comedy. Instead, it's a subtle, quirky film with whimsical characters that is hardly the first of it's kind, but is still a unique little movie.

Paul Dano (also the executive producer) is a mopey, 28-year-old mattress salesmen named Brian who's in the process of adopting a Chinese baby. One day, Al Lolly (John Goodman), a successful, loud-mouthed man with back problems comes in and buys a mattress. His daughter Happy (Deschanel) comes in to take care of the financial aspects and ends up falling asleep on one of the bed's.

Ed Asner co-stars as Brian's elderly father, while Zach Galifianakis (a recent scene-stealer in The Hangover) plays a mysterious, mute homeless man.

What is instantly striking is the unique characters and the subtle things that make them unique. One character introduces himself with "'sup dude? Not much," everytime he enters a room. There's the bizarre, mute homeless man of course. And how many beautiful, eccentric girls randomly fall asleep in a mattress warehouse? So, yes the character's are unique...But they don't come off as being written in such a way. My impression of the character's was not one of a writer saying "look at my unique characters!" They seem normal, real, just not without their eccentricities.

The acting really brings that quality out. Dano has played every sort of character and his quiet, disconnected Brian is another winning performance. Goodman has played a loud-mouthed, sympathetic character before and few actors are better at it. Finally, although not expanding her acting range much, Deschanel is a charmer...
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curve Balls June 17, 2009
"Gigantic" offers a mix of experiences. From the opening credit where the title is in a small font, one knows that this is a film that throws curve balls. One never quite knows what to expect. Paul Dano who was so good in "Little Miss Sunshine" and "There Will Be Blood" also produced. He turns in a subtle performance as Brian Weathersby who sells mattresses and works to secure his life-long dream of becoming an adoptive parent to a Chinese child. A complication arises as he meets Harriet "Happy" Lolly played by Zooey Deschanel. Shopping for a mattress, she falls asleep on the bed. From there a friendship and unusual romance develops. Ed Asner has a nice cameo as Brian's father. Jane Alexander turns in an excellent cameo performance as Brian's mother. John Goodman is blustery and eccentric as Harriet's father. The performances are all first rate. Enjoy!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealized potential (Plot spoilers) December 5, 2009
For most of its running time, this movie was excellent, but as it wound down, it totally collapsed. It was very nicely low key, but there were a number of plot holes that remained unfilled, in particular the character of Brian, played by Paul Dano(who also "produced" the film). Brian is attacked by a homeless man at least twice, but we have no idea why, and an almost total lack of extras doesn't even give us a commentary track, which might explain what happens. Brian is also shot at by someone, & hit once, but was it the homeless guy, possibly the One-Armed Man, or someone on the Grassy Knoll?
Brian adopts a Chinese baby, and as the film ends, the baby is welcomed into Brian's family, as is Zooey Deschanel's character, Happy/Harriet, and suddenly the film simply ends.
I really enjoyed the film, and the cast did a great job with what they had to work with, until the completely unsatisfying ending. The "ending" ticked me off so badly that I dreamt later that night that myself, Bruce Willis, and a stripper from Portland set off to find out what the heck happened with this movie. Just like in real life, we never found out, and Bruce Willis was REALLY pissed off, as should whoever bankrolled this, & allowed it to be released in this condition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great performance by all! John Goodman is the great dad. Great story about adoption. Makes me want to go buy a 14,000 bed.
Published 4 hours ago by Rod Swaner
3.0 out of 5 stars not too bad
This missed being a movie I would watch a lot, but then any movie with Zooey in it I can watch a couple times.
Published 2 months ago by T. Gough
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Boring Crap
BORING!! I hated this movie, it was lacking so much, I don't recommend it. It's wasted time you'll never get back.
Published 3 months ago by EllaRooJunebug
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
I was expecting something a little funnier since Zoey Deschanel was a star in it. The trailer was a lot better than the actual movie.
Published 6 months ago by bunnies1979
1.0 out of 5 stars A Gigantic bore
Despite having a good to excellent cast (Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Ed Asner), this movie fell completely flat. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd little ditty
I like offbeat, funky, strange and/or dark indy movies. Gigantic isn't amazing but it has an odd story line that sometimes makes sense and sometimes doesn't. I like it.
Published 9 months ago by Tinyhips
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it to start an odd day
I did enjoy it. I watched it on one of those early mornings when you have time to stay in bed.

I do not agree about the homeless being all in his imagination. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JORGE
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a really interesting movie with funny parts. If you are a John Goodman fan you'll be happy to know he's amazing in this.
Published 10 months ago by Anthony J Sullivan
3.0 out of 5 stars great cast, amateur script
Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, Zach Galifinakis, John Goodman, Ed Asner - all great actors who elevate this mediocre script, but there's only so far they can take it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by elstrand
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Potential! Falls Flat!
I wondered how Paul Dano landed the starring roll in this. He's just an annoying moper throughout. He's the Executive producer! He put up the cash to make it. Read more
Published on February 4, 2012 by Jim Smiley
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