Big Bad Love (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  October 2001 (USA)
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Vietnam veteran Leon Barlow is struggling as a writer, and his personal life isn't much better. His unsympathetic ex-wife Marilyn doesn't approve of his visits with his two children, and he... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Barlow
Zachary Moody ...
Olivia Kersey ...
Kevin Mitchell ...
Twin #1
Matt Mitchell ...
Twin #2
Sue Peavey ...
Michael Williamson ...
Young Barlow
Coleman Barks ...
Gloria Jackson Winters ...
Mrs. Shepard (as Gloria Winters)


Vietnam veteran Leon Barlow is struggling as a writer, and his personal life isn't much better. His unsympathetic ex-wife Marilyn doesn't approve of his visits with his two children, and he has problems with alcohol. Yet even when Leon manages to catch up on alimony and child support payments, things in his life seem to decline further, until a sudden tragedy catches him off guard. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The staggering tale of one man's relentless pursuit of imperfection.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality


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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,293 (USA) (22 February 2002)


$100,420 (USA) (3 May 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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A wonderful surprise
15 December 2002 | by (Majenta supersonic jet) – See all my reviews

Big Bad Love achieves what few films even strive for -- that gritty level of believability (laced with wonderful dream sequences throughout) that makes it seem as though the camera was simply dropped into the center of these characters' lives.

There are a number of wonderful lines, and few scenes funnier than when unsuccessful writer, Leon Barlow (played by Howard), sits down to type a response to a letter from a magazine editor, rejecting one of his short stories.

Not to say that the film isn't uneven at times. Howard (who not only stars in the film, but also directs), remains true to his narrative, which does become difficult to watch as Barlow becomes more self-destructive. The dream sequences become muddled after a while, but only because that's how Barlow is experiencing them.

Performances by Paul Le Mat, Debra Winger, Angie Dickinson, and Rosanna Arquette are all very strong. The soundtrack is top-notch.

I highly recommend this film, particularly as an anti-dote to the vapid doggerel Hollywood continues to churn out like link sausages.

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