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Gigantic (2009)

Zooey Deschanel , Paul Dano , Matt Aselton  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Paul Dano, John Goodman, Ed Asner, Jane Alexander
  • Directors: Matt Aselton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028S10YM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gigantic" on IMDb

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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 23 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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21 of 23 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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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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This film is really a battle of the bizarre fathers: between John Goodman who prefers being chauffeured lying down in the back of a hearse and Ed Asner, a goofily semi-demented back to nature grandfather who has his grown multi-lingual sons over for a hallucinogenic tea party. Goodman and Asner alone are worth the price of the DVD.

The main character played by Paul Dano is a kind of urban, mattress-selling "Lars" of Lars and the Real Girl; you're not sure how much of his reality is real or why, but everyone else seems to take his off axis mental status in stride. Paul plays Brian, a sweet, shy guy who, unaccountably, stays that way after meeting Zoe Deschanel. Zoe, I think, just plays Zoe; quirky, beautiful, messed up by an obliviously cruel mother, and indulged by her hyperrich hypereccentric father (Goodman); she lives in an ADD world where she is unable to keep a job or a boyfriend. She's charming, believably vulnerable and heartfelt.

The movie has an odd and disturbing (well, everything is relative) subplot involving an individual who may be violently stalking Brian, and there is also Brian's apparently lifelong intent (obsession?) to adopt a Chinese baby girl. Zoe may or may not be pregnant by the end of the film, which just ends and drops you on the floor abruptly, as if the filmmaker decided that if attention deficit disorder is good enough for his characters, it's good enough for the film.

So, bottom line, if you like quirky movies, and really good, really eccentric acting, add this to your collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 9 days ago by Joseph Frankel
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing
unusual and cool movie
Published 2 months ago by monika m prost
3.0 out of 5 stars Gigantic is a film that one should see *1* time.... it is a fairly...
Fun little film here. Its full of crazy actors that *do* play crazy people.
The only thing I would like to know is did she stay with him (Paul Dano)at the end?? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Devils.Advocate666
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 6 months 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 9 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 9 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 12 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 16 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 16 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 16 months ago by JORGE
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