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Full Grown Men

3.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Alby Cutrera (Matt McGrath) is
a pathologically nostalgic guy who yearns for a time when life was care-free and action figures were 12-inches tall. When his wife kicks him out for being more of a playmate than a father to his young son, Alby tracks down his boyhood
pal Elias (Judah Friedlander - 30 Rock) for a trip down memory lane.
Only Elias s version of their younger days is considerably less rosy.
In a twist of fate, Alby and Elias set out on a comedic road trip to Diggityland, their favorite place as kids, but simpler times turn complicated as the two friends confront the landmines of their past. Journeying through the timeless back roads of Florida, they encounter a cast of crazy characters a disgruntled ex-theme park employee (Alan Cumming - X-Men 2, The L Word), a horny bartending clown (Amy Sedaris - Strangers with Candy), and a delusional mermaid (Rock Icon Deborah Harry) each one shedding light on the perils of not letting go. Full Grown Men is the bittersweet tale of a man who learns the hard way that
the best years of his life may still lay ahead.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Judah Friedlander, Matt McGrath, Alan Cumming, Amy Sedaris, Deborah Harry
  • Directors: David Munro
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Liberation Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AWM0SG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,030 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Full Grown Men" on IMDb

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Full Grown Men is a strange type of comedy in that some of the jokes work pretty well while others... not so much. The pacing is really slow in the beginning and doesn't really pick up until 20 minutes later. Thankfully the film is really short at just under 75 minutes so it's not a big loss if you happen to find yourself watching it.

It's about a 35-year old man (Matt McGrath) who refuses to grow up and as a result, finds himself being thrown out of the house by his wife and no longer able to see neither his wife or their child. He then asks his friend to take him to an amusement park where he can be as immature and child-like as much as he wants. This sounds like the potential for a funny movie but unfortunately the awkward pacing really hurts it enough for me to lower the rating by 2 points and make it a 3-star movie and nothing more.

I think what would have helped is to show a segment with the man and his friend as children growing up and having a friendship together. This would help provide some kind of emotional attachment to the characters and stress the importance of how good it feels to be young. Then we as viewers would be able to relate to Matt McGrath. Instead the writers chose to not include any segment like this and show Matt's character basically teaming up with his friend, sharing a few memories, and off they go (to the amusement park). Not too appealing.

Don't get me wrong though, some of these jokes are really funny. The segment with the hitchhiker surprising the two friends by pulling out a gun and not being able to shoot it is a really memorable one ("It was working yesterday!") along with the midgets beating up on Matt McGrath's character after a failed clown joke at a bar.
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Coming of age takes longer for some. This film belies its low-budget indie background. Great acting by many new up and comers, as well as a blast from the past or two.

Diretor/photographers really take advantage of the Florida color saturation to create a film that has an incredible, rich color palette -- somthing you don't often see in cinema.

Well worth the time, and the bucks.
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There's an appealing underdog quality at work in the indie comedy "Full Grown Men." The concept of the man-child has been explored endlessly--mainly in big budget romantic comedies where men are afraid to commit to a relationship or, indeed, to adulthood. You can always see where these movies are headed--growth, understanding, maturation, and redemption. It's time to put away the clown shoes and put on your big boy pants, so to speak. The refreshing thing about "Full Grown Men" is that while it is certainly headed in that direction, at least it takes a varied path. For this isn't a romantic comedy, it's played as a buddy comedy.

The man-child in question is played by Matt McGrath. McGrath is likable, thankfully, despite his haircut! When he walks out on his family after another argument about his immaturity, he starts to reflect on better days growing up. Reconnecting with his childhood pal (Juday Friedlander), he starts to understand how his playful taunts may have been less than appreciated. The two head out on a wacky roadtrip--Friedlander is a special needs teacher going to pick up an award and McGrath insinuates himself into the equation. Through random encounters and much bickering, McGrath starts to.....oh, you know already. Part of his education is provided by Friedlander's students and, although it gets close, it's more genuine and less cloying than you might imagine.

I did smile through much of the film, but it was a bit slight in the long run. The drama felt a little thin and the humor a little forced. Not a bad movie, it's a pleasant enough encounter. It's just not really going to resonate for me beyond the initial viewing. Judah Friedlander did play refreshingly against type, and his understated work was the strongest element in "Full Grown Men.
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Indy film "full grown men" visits the mind of Alby Cutrera, who is kicked out of his house by his wife because it's often difficult to tell who's younger; Alby or his young son. With nothing better to do, he decides to revisit his childhood, when times were perfect, mermaids were real, and moose could talk. Alby talks his schoolhood friend Elias, who has a completely different view of their shared experiences as children, into taking him to Diggityland, because Elias is going that way anyway. When Elias tries to get through to him, Alby remains stuck in the past as he now believes it was. Even when he is confronted with some ugly information about one of his childhood heroes, he is still unwilling and unable to leave his childhood behind. Alby's attempt to revisit those perfect days does, finally, show him that one can't really go back, and, maybe, in the process he grows up a little. Maybe...
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This film despite the high hopes I had for it, ended up being painfully average; yet still watchable. It's basically about a guy who leaves his family and goes on this road trip to try and recapture his youth. He does this by reconnecting with an old friend (played by a pretty decent Judah Friedlander) and trekking to 'Diggityland' which is an amusement park of sorts from his childhood. Of course as is with any road film... there's plenty of odd characters and side stories that develop on the way.

First thing I want to mention about this movie is that visually it's very crisp and nicely shot in a digital sort of way... which I found as a nice surprise for a low budget movie like this. This is a good sign that as digital video gets more advanced and lowers in price; even low budget stuff can look really nice and polished. Now to get back on track... the movie itself could use some work. The main character isn't really the best actor and the character he plays is absolutely unlikeable... he manages to be annoying and crass without eliciting hardly any actual laughter. If you're gonna play an unlikeable character you should at least make that character interesting or intriguing in some way. The story sticks pretty close to what the plot tells you it is... not too many surprises.

I think my major gripe here is that I was thinking I was going to have this fun nostalgic romp and it just seemed to go through the motions a little too much for my taste; and because of that I never really got fully into it. It's still a decent movie, and I think it's worth a rent especially if you enjoy road movies; just don't expect greatness. 3/5 stars.
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