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The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)

Jenna Fischer , Topher Grace , Lee Kirk  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jenna Fischer, Topher Grace, Chris Messina
  • Directors: Lee Kirk
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, 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: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086900OS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN is a charming comedic love story between Janice (Jenna Fischer), a woman in her 30's who has yet to learn how to navigate adulthood, and Tim (Chris Messina), a devoted artist who finds that his unique talents as a silver-painted street performer don't exactly pay the bills. Evicted from her apartment and forced to move in with her overbearing sister (Malin Akerman), Janice is on the receiving end of well-intentioned but misguided pressure to date an egotistical self-help guru (Topher Grace). Everyone seems to know what s best for Janice, but Tim helps her find her own voice and realize that it only takes one person to make you feel important. As a symbol of the urge to break free from a life defined for us, THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN brings forward an optimism and feeling of belonging that can only come from falling in love.

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  • An interview with Director Lee Kirk and Actress Jenna Fischer, Presented by American Express

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
"It only takes just one person to make you feel special and valid and like you belong in the world." Janice (Fischer) is having a hard time finding and keeping a job not to mention trying to figure out what to do with her life. Tim (Messina) is doing what he wants to do with his life but feels unappreciated and is not making money at it. Both giving up they take jobs working at the local zoo. They strike up a quick friendship and want to develop more, but there are obstacles standing in their way. This is the definition of a sweet movie. I have never been a big fan of the typical love story movies mainly because they are so unbelievable. The "good guys" are overly good and the "bad guys" are way to horrible. While this did have a little of that this one is way more realistic and I would call this a real-life love story. This is a very sweet movie and the type of date movie that both men and women will enjoy. Overall, one of the better independent love stories I have seen. I give it an A-.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the DVD version of this "independent film" September 29, 2012
I like small independent films and this one fits the bill. It's not "great" but I felt the time was well spent and it beats 90% of the "relationship comedies" on TV these days.

Actress Jenna Fischer (form TV's "The Office") Executive Produced this film which stars her and actor Chris Messina. As you'll see from other reviews posted here, it's the story of two people trying to find, not only their place in the world, but a person who will understand them. The title comes from Messina's character who paints his face with silver paint and acts as a moving "stature" on the streets of Detroit, MI. (I'll point out here that nowhere in the film are you given a clue as to what "city" the film takes place - until the final credits. Detroit does not have identifiable buildings like New York, Chicago, or San Francisco.).

Both leads are excellent, in my opinion, but the rest of the cast overact as "happy people" in Director Lee Kirk's attempt to make Fischer and Messina's character seem more introverted. It seemed forced to me.

The 96-minute film is worth your time if you like "droll" - though smart - characters.

There is one bonus feature: A 3 ˝ minute interview with Fischer and writer Director Kirk, that reveals that during the four years from when Fischer optioned the script till the film was released, they began dating, got married to each other and had a child together.

As I said, it's not great but well worth seeing on your home TV.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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With a solid comic ensemble including Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, Topher Grace, and Malin Ackerman, I was prepared to be swept up in the contemporary romance of "The Giant Mechanical Man." Fischer's charms are on evident display here, she nails the every woman quality that makes her so inherently likable. And Messina steps into a leading role with ease, even though his "art form" of dressing in silver paint as a stilted street performer never rings true. As I've seen dozens of these acts, Messina lacks the technical sharpness to be so smug in his skills and contribution to the art world. Of course, this being a thoughtful indie--these two attractive and winning actors represent the lonely and disconnected among us. "The Giant Mechanical Man" becomes, thus, a very familiar movie in both its themes and plotting. I even have a nickname for these films, I have truly seen them so many times (and more often than not, they are meaningful low-budget indies). This is what I call a Lonelyhearts films where people who are attractive, intelligent, and appealing somehow manage to live depressive lives yearning for a soul mate.

A certain heavy handedness is apparent in the character introductions. Fischer is such a hard case, she gets berated and set-up by her overbearing sister (Ackerman, lacking any form of subtlety). One such hook-up is with Grace (in a terrible wig) as a creepy and unrealistic self-help guru whose bluster masks his own visible insecurities. And Messina is dumped by a girlfriend who doesn't understand his commitment to his art (never mind that he doesn't support her and goes out of his way to embarrass her at a work function). The two wander the city, dine alone, and stare purposefully into space while moody music plays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them both April 12, 2014
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They are both real in a big fake world where everyone else appears to be doing well.

The relationship develops slowly, realistically, and naturally.

If you believe in what you do, you will get this inspiring tale. One could do worse than be a giant mechanical man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movie. January 28, 2014
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This is a sometimes cute, sometimes funny movie with a little drama thrown in at times. Some might call it a chick flick, or to be more kind, a romantic comedy.

The female lead, Janice, is played by Jenna Fischer, a down on her luck temp worker who loses her job, can't pay her rent and moves in with her sister. They try to fix her up with blind dates, which she is not interested in.

Chris Messina plays Tim, a hard working mime who works the streets after donning silver make up and a costume (including stilts) that transforms him into a giant mechanical man. His shallow girlfriend who only is interested in how much money she can accumulate, dumps him. Janice sees the giant mechanical man around town at times and stops to watch him. Eventually she and Tim end up working at a zoo, although she does not know he is the mechanical man. They fall for each other and end up in bed.

Eventually Janice's sister sets her up on on a blind date with an egotistical motivational speaker, which of course she doesn't want. She is seen on this blind date by the giant mechanical man who thinks he has lost her. I won't spoil the ending but watch it and see how things turn out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely little movie
This movie is an absolute treasure. We decided to watch it on the spur of the moment and we weren't disappointed. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Deborah J. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, different movie
I had no idea what this movie was about but it was a nice surprise. It is hard to find movies about shy or reserved people but this movie nailed it.
Published 3 days ago by Christina Tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
This was a kinda silly love story and interesting to watch. It kept me engaged until the end. Watch it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Charming
Surprisingly Charming! Very sweet love story :) The acting is absolutely superb. The pace of the movie is just perfect.
Published 6 days ago by Maggie Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely ending
The first part of the film is difficult to watch as the story sets up the painful experiences of the main characters. Watching it in two sittings, we did really enjoy the ending. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Shari A. Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good!
This was a very down to earth movie, with everyday problems and thoughts invading the characters. What their life was like, and how they went about changing it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sandra Staruk
5.0 out of 5 stars Unnoticed films are always the most poignant
I watched this movie a few years ago back when my life was taking a turn for the worst. Here I am in 2014 in a similar situation rewatching this film. Read more
Published 11 days ago by FV
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good. The best kind.
Predictable yes but done uniquely. The sense of alienation the main characters were feeling was strongly conveyed. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, honest characters
There is so much in this movie to relate to. It was honest, and open, and teaches people to live for themselves instead of aspiring to what other people want or what they think... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Laura Polak
4.0 out of 5 stars Really loved this quirky live story
Finding people who appreciate you for who you are is what it's all about. We really enjoyed watching these two quirky people who didn't fit into regular life molds, and who were... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Margot Peter
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