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  Gigantic Review
Tookey's Rating
2 /10
Average Rating
3.29 /10
Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, Edward Asner
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Directed by: Matt Aselton
Written by: Matt Aselton, Adam Nagata

Released: 2008
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 98

Tiny and forgettable.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Gigantic is, despite its name, an extremely small-scale American indie romcom. It starts out promisingly enough.

A spaced-out salesman of upmarket beds (Paul Dano, pictured right) finds himself attracted to a quirky girl called Happy (Zooey Deschanel, left). Both lack direction in their lives, except that she wants to learn cookery, while he wants, for reasons that are unexplained, to adopt a Chinese orphan baby.

Writer-director Matt Aselton heaps on the weirdness, including a hairy, homeless man who periodically attacks our hero for no discernible reason, but gradually we realise that these initially charming characters are never going to come to believable life, let alone develop.

The sluggish pace leaves us far too much time to wonder what she sees in him, and why any adoption authorities would consider him an appropriate person to bring up a child.
By the end, I was thoroughly alienated by the movie’s twee, self-satisfied empty-headedness and rooting for the homeless man to do his worst.

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