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Gigantic (2008)

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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.

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Matt Aselton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 June 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Falrengető See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,294, 5 April 2009

Gross USA:

$102,704

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,888
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

At 1:05:01, vomit is not originating from Happy's mouth. See more »

Quotes

Brian: [first lines - watching rats swimming] Okay, he stopped.
Larry Arbogast: Which one?
Brian: S-seven.
Larry Arbogast: Start the stopwatch.
Brian: Is he okay?
Larry Arbogast: Yeah, he's fine... Stop.
Brian: What does that mean?
Larry Arbogast: Nothing. Well, the logic is that when forced into an aversive situation, i.e., being dumped into a pool, the rat will oscillate between attempts to escape and resigning to its fate.
Brian: Oh, and this guy gave up.
Larry Arbogast: Today he did.
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Soundtracks

I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
Written by Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson
Performed by Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson
Courtesy of Island Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A fine bed
19 April 2009 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. I thrive on indie films and am always anxious when a first time director manages to break through the politics and red tape and gain distribution for his/her pet project. The debut from Matt Aselton is far from perfect, but certainly provides high expectations for his next film.

Blessed with a terrific cast including Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood), indie favorite Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, and veterans Ed Asner and Jane Alexander; Aselton creates some odd characters that somehow connect not only to each other, but also to the viewing audience.

The film does sometimes suffer from the mistake of many first time filmmakers ... inclusion of scenes that have always been in the mind of the writer/director, but just don't quite fit in the context of the film. The brutal attacks/images by the homeless guy (played by comedian Zach Galifianakis) and the massage parlor scene are two that jump to mind.

On the other hand, and more importantly, there are a few scenes that are remarkable and really provide hope for Aselton's next film: When Zooey first awakens from her nap in the store, she and Dano have an exchange that sets the stage for their relationship; the family dinner without Zooey; John Goodman on his kitchen floor and at the doctor; Jane Alexander on the balcony with Zooey proves what an effective and elegant actress Ms. Alexander remains as she is the first one to connect with Zooey on an adult level. These all result from the creative mind an eye of Mr. Aselton and have set the bar high for his next outing.


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