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
Several bits from the trailer do not appear in the finished film. These include Nancy pulling a gun on Jack (and the resulting dialog of her asking, "What kind of girl do you think I am?" with Jack replying, "The kind of girl who had a gun on me thirty seconds ago," and Nancy saying "Yeah, but I didn't SHOOT you..."); Nancy and Jack actually getting into the car as they steal it (she playfully says, "Let's make out!" and Jack replies, "Eaaasy..."); a couple shots of Jack and Nancy kissing; Jack and Nancy on a skateboard; and finally Jack making a playful growling sound. See more »
At the end, Jack puts one of Nancy bags in the limo. In the next shot, she has it in her hands. See more »
The Big Bounce looked set to become another laugh-free, empty, crude comedy, with lots of sexual humor and an overload of women in bikinis; a type of movie that people seem to want to make these days (although it has to be said that these days this kind of movie is sadly quite successful). Actually, it's a vacuously enjoyable, if occasionally rather desperate comedy with some nice, sun-bleached photography, and a few funny scenes.
And on closer inspection there are actually a lot of things going for it. First of all helmer George Armitage also directed the fabulous and completely hysterical black comedy Grosse Pointe Blank with John Cusack; it has Owen Wilson, one of the better young comedians, who proved himself in films such as The Royal Tenenbaums and Shanghai Noon (in which he was by far the funniest thing); there is also the reassuring presence of Morgan Freeman, a man who usually elevates films from bad to mediocre.
Despite all this it has to be said that the Big Bounce is most certainly NOT a great film. It has leads that are pleasant to the eye, a simple storyline that doesn't require the brain to be switched on and both the relaxed leads and the enjoyably laid back direction act accordingly, delivering appropriately mindless entertainment that thankfully doesn't depend on much activity from the brain.
Definitely don't go if you want some sort of mental activity, because The Big Bounce is nothing (at all) more than a fairly good and very brainless laugh that lasts a short 90 minutes.
And there really shouldn't be much left to remember the morning after.
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