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The Big Bounce (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 30 January 2004 (USA)
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A small-time con artist and a Hawaiian real estate developer's mischevious, enterprising mistress team up for a potential $200,000 score.

Director:

George Armitage

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Sebastian Gutierrez (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Jack Ryan
Butch Helemano Butch Helemano ... Hawaiian Priest
Charlie Sheen ... Bob Rogers, Jr.
Vinnie Jones ... Lou Harris
Gregory Sporleder ... Frank Pizzarro
Terry Ahue Terry Ahue ... Jimmy Opono (as Terry L. Ahue)
Pete Johnson Pete Johnson ... Con Nuuiwa
Mike Renfro Mike Renfro ... Worker #1
Tony Dorsett Tony Dorsett ... Worker #2
Brian L. Keaulana Brian L. Keaulana ... Barry Salu (as Brian Keaulana)
Morgan Freeman ... Walter Crewes
Willie Nelson ... Joe Lurie
Andrew Wilson ... Ned Coleman
Sara Foster ... Nancy Hayes
Gary Sinise ... Ray Ritchie
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Storyline

Jack Ryan, a charming but mischievous kid with a history of small cons, never nasty, as he always approaches life from the pleasant side, goes to surfers paradise Hawai, where dodgy district judge Walter Crewes enlists him to get to real big criminals. Jack finds himself teaming up in bed and thieving 'business' with Nancy Hayes, the greedy mistress of evil hotel magnate Ray Ritchie and his dumb lieutenant Bob Rogers, Jr. and a real temptress gold-digger but is about the only one without an hidden agenda... Written by KGF Vissers

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Another crime wave from the author of Get Shorty and Out of Sight. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha dos Golpes See more »

Filming Locations:

North Shore, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,336,374, 1 February 2004

Gross USA:

$6,489,476

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,801,716
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeremy Renner was offered a role in this film, but turned it down to do S.W.A.T. (2003) instead. See more »

Goofs

When Jack and Nancy break into the house nude, she walks in on his left side. In the very next shot, she's on his right side. See more »

Quotes

Jack Ryan: Have a little faith in people. Not God, cause he's just an imaginary friend for grown ups.
Frank Pizzarro: What the hell's that supposed to mean?
Jack Ryan: I don't know.
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Referenced in Superman II: Restoring the Vision (2006) See more »

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Written and Performed by Jimmy Rip
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Big waste of time and talent
1 December 2004 | by christian123See all my reviews

Based on an Elmore Leonard novel, Owen Wilson plays Jack Ryan, an affable surfer who gets pulled into a crime caper by Nancy (Sara Foster), the beautiful mistress of a wealthy developer in Oahu, Hawaii. Soon, he and a judge, played by Morgan Freeman, are plotting against the developer, but Jack finds that he got more than he bargained for with Nancy.

I have never read the novel so I can't compare the movie to the book but I doubt the book is this bad. If Elmore Leonard doesn't like it then it's probably a disgrace to the book. The story itself isn't very fresh or new though the film does have an impressive cast. Unfortunately, the cast did little to help this very poor film. It ended up being a big waste of time and talent. The movie is just very dull and stupid. There really isn't a very clear idea of what type of genre this movie is supposed to be in. It wasn't a comedy because it wasn't funny at all. It wasn't a thriller because it offered no surprises. It was a crime caper except it wasn't very exciting and it offered no intrigue at all.

The acting is surprisingly flat and dull. Most of the actors seem to be more interested in a paycheck than anything else. This is Owen Wilson's worst film to date and it's also his worst performance. He just didn't seem to be trying at all. Gary Sinise wasn't used much which is a good thing because his performance was pretty mundane. Charlie Sheen tried way too hard to be funny and he ended up just being annoying. Morgan Freeman just gave a dull performance and Sara Foster was pretty weak but she is beautiful.

I blame director George Armitage for this garbage. He had the right actors and the right story, he just couldn't keep a good focus on it. There were a bunch of ideas going all over the place and the film was just so messy. He doesn't keep the audience guessing because they most likely won't care. He doesn't keep the audience entertained because there are very few engaging scenes. He really has nothing important to say either and The Big Bounce is just a very unnecessary movie. In the end, The Big Bounce is simply not worth watching. Rating 3/10


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