The Big White 2014 R CC

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Outstanding performances are delivered by an all-star cast in this quirky black comedy centered on Paul Barnell (Robin Williams), a down on his luck Alaska travel agent who's on the brink of bankruptcy and whose beloved wife, Margaret (Holly Hunter),

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Robin Williams, Holly Hunter
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes

The Big White

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Before "The Big White," Mark Mylod's largest film to date had been "Ali G Indahouse," a sporadically funny (but often silly) Sasha Baron Cohen character picture. For those who loved "Borat," you might want to catch up on another Cohen creation. Ali G can be an amusing hip-hop poser, but the film is done as a conventional narrative and lacks much of Borat's imagination or ingenuity. So, several years later, it was impressive that Mylod had aligned a cast of such magnitude as was assembled for the black comedy "The Big White." We've got Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Woody Harrelson, Tim Blake Nelson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Alison Lohman in a comedy of murder, kidnapping, insurance fraud, phone psychics, and mental illness. Set in a small Alaskan hamlet, many people would like to compare this film to "Fargo." While the film shares some of the same comic sensibilities and a similar wintry locale, it's kind of like comparing "Casablanca" to "Pretty Woman." Both films may have a certain appeal, but they are definitely in different leagues.

Williams plays a down-on-his-luck travel agent with financial difficulties and a wife with Tourette's (Hunter). Needing cash, he tries to collect on his missing brother's insurance policy. Ribisi, as the insurance investigator, informs him that his brother has not been missing long enough to be considered legally dead and there's nothing that can be done. In a coincidence, a couple of amateur hitmen dump a body in the dumpster outside Williams' agency. Williams, on discovering the corpse, masterminds a plot to get his brother declared dead. The hitmen, then, are ordered to retrieve the body (which is now missing) and all types of mayhem ensues.

I will say that "The Big White" has a lot going for it, and I can imagine some people really enjoying it.
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By shannab on July 15, 2014
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Love it!
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By JJ Martin on June 15, 2014
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Not even close: It seemed to be modeled in the Coen brothers style but just couldn't pull it off. Save your money and wait for it come up free on Prime or Netflix if you really must get your Robin Williams fix.
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