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This Dennis is no menace. Not by a long shot.,
This review is from: Teddy Bear (DVD)
I'd never heard of Teddy Bear until a friend of mine mentioned it a few weeks ago, and after reading the plot summary, it sounded like something worth watching. I finally got around to watching it a little bit ago, and sure enough, the movie was great. I haven't seen many good ones this year so far, but Teddy Bear is already at the top of my list. Anyone who says that big muscle-bound dudes like wrestlers and bodybuilders can't act needs to give this movie a go, because Kim Kold, while not exactly giving Daniel Day-Lewis a run for his money, can tell you exactly what he's feeling with just a facial expression and no words are needed. Teddy Bear is a surprisingly emotional movie that I'll be remembering for years to come.
Dennis is a 38 year old bodybuilder who still lives at home with his mom. We first meet him in the middle of a date, which isn't going well at all. He's 300 pounds of pure muscle, but can't start a conversation to save his life, and the date just gets worse and worse. His relationship with his mother is slightly better- the two love eachother very much, yet Dennis is still controlled by her in some ways, and has to lie about things she may not approve of. Rather than telling her he went on a date, Dennis tells his mom that he saw a movie with one of his friends. After a dinner with his uncle, who just married a gorgeous woman from Thailand, Dennis wonders if it's easier to find love overseas. His uncle isn't exactly a good looking guy, and his wife looks like a certain kind of lady you'd find after-hours, so surely a huge, gentle guy will luck out too, right? He arrives in Thailand (lying to his mother, saying that he's going to Germany for a bodybuilding competition) and finds out from the guy that set up his uncle, that yeah, they're *ahem* ladies of the night. Dennis still has trouble talking to women, even when they're all over him, and it seems like the gentle giant might have made a bad choice.
There's a lot more that happens, and Dennis' first date in Thailand is just the beginning. But I don't want to ruin the fun that takes place soon after. This movie is so different from what I was expecting, and I appreciated that. The story is the kind of thing that could've turned very typical, with Dennis coming to the rescue of one of the ladies, some big dramatic argument with his mother over how she controls him, and more things like that. And yet, none of these things happened! Teddy Bear is a cute movie from beginning to end, and apart from some slight language, could easily be rated PG. It has some funny sight gags and subtle humor as well. Seeing Dennis tower over the majority of the people in Thailand is a sight in itself, especially when you realize that he's "just" 6'4". When he's spotted out shopping in the mall by his mother later on, you can't help but feel sorry for the guy because you know something's about to go down after the promise he'd just made her.
I especially liked the segments between Dennis and another bodybuilder in a Thai gym who instantly recognizes him, showing Dennis some newspaper clippings that he saved from a competition Dennis won. The two bond after this moment and it warms your heart a little. There were so many times I laughed to myself or smiled because of how cute the moments were. It's easy to see why the movie is titled Teddy Bear! He may not be a deep character, but I really liked the character of Dennis and wanted him to finally meet a nice girl in the end, and never wanted anything bad to happen to him. The movie also does a good job of showing off the city life of Thailand while also showing some scenic beauty.
Teddy Bear is a wonderful, quick film that I'll be sure to recommend to people and especially couples. I checked his profile and it looks like Kold will be in the next Fast and the Furious movie. Somehow, I don't think he'll be playing a character like Dennis there, but it sure as heck would be cool if he does.