June 19th, 2009



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Still of Edward Asner, Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel in GiganticStill of John Goodman and Paul Dano in GiganticLeven Rambin at event of GiganticStill of Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel in GiganticStill of Zooey Deschanel in GiganticStill of Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel in Gigantic

A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.1/10 (5,173 voted)

Critic's Score: 38/100

Director: Matt Aselton

Stars: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman

Do we ever get what we want? Brian sells mattresses in a warehouse store. His father and older brothers have material success; he wants a child. He's applied to adopt a baby from China. A man who appears homeless seems to be stalking Brian with violent intent. He meets Happy, the daughter of a rich, quirky customer. She doesn't stick to anything, but she and Brian hit it off, except for her vomiting when she learns about his adoption idea. He wants her to meet his family, and there's a call about the adoption. What will Happy do?

Writers: Adam Nagata, Matt Aselton

Paul Dano - Brian Weathersby
Zooey Deschanel - Happy Lolly
John Goodman - Al Lolly
Edward Asner - Kirby Weathersby (as Ed Asner)
Jane Alexander - Barbara Weathersby
Ian Roberts - John Weathersby
Robert Stanton - James Weathersby
Clarke Peters - Roger Stovall
Daniel Stewart Sherman - Kevin Blue
Mary Page Keller - Marguerite Lolly
Zach Galifianakis - Homeless Man
Brian Avers - Larry Arbogast
Leven Rambin - Missy Thaxton
Susan Misner - Melanie Lolly
Matt Walton - Conner Williams

Taglines: When it comes to family and relationships, there are no small surprises

Release Date: 19 June 2009

Filming Locations: Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $10,294 (USA) (5 April 2009) (1 Screen)

Gross: $102,079 (USA) (28 June 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime: Argentina: (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)  | USA:

Al Lolly: [getting in car after Happy and Brian secretly had sex there] Smells like a wharf net in here.
Happy: What?
Brian: What?
Al Lolly: You heard me. Smells like low tide.
Happy: That's weird.
Brian: I don't smell anything.

User Review

A big, big love

Rating: 7/10

After reading the comments and reviews on this page for the film Gigantic, I felt compelled to register an account on IMDb and add my own voice to the apparently confused chorus. My reaction to the film itself was strong, but not nearly as strong as my reaction to the comments people have been adding to this page. If I had gone to check IMDb site for the film before seeing it, as I usually do, I probably would have been turned off by the low rating and negative comments, and wouldn't have ended up seeing this little gem of a film. And that would have been too bad, because it really is a nice little film; One that has qualities that apparently inspire vitriol in some viewers, but their anger and 'disappointment' just bewilders me.

What is not to like in this film? The cast is amazing. The performances are top-notch and completely appropriate for the tone that director Aselton is trying to create. I've read comments that have mentioned 'believability' of certain scenes and plot points, but I think these types of viewers were doomed to misunderstand the film from the very beginning (and isn't it always these viewers who do choose to comment? bashing on what they don't understand). And that's not even to say this is some kind of elitist 'quirky indie' film as most people suggest. It's to the point now where 'quirky' is just another derogatory and pejorative term for something outside the realm of someone's expectations, experience, and capability of understanding. It's a term the narrow-minded use.

Gigantic is well worth your time and money. It's shot beautifully. It has some great performances that create genuine laughs, not from absurdity for its own sake or from cheesy one-liners, but from the performance choices themselves and from the character development. Did I mention Matt Walsh was great as well? The whole cast is wonderful, and I personally look forward to whatever Aselton does next.


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