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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
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"Gigantic's" main protagonist is twenty-eight year old Brian - a morose, mumbling, monosyllabic mattress salesman. Some jaded film-goers might feel they've witnessed Paul Dano portraying this character's clone on several previous occasions, and met Brian's charisma-free loner cousins overplaying their sensitivity and quirkiness in far too many Indie projects. In 'Gigantic' Brian possesses the stubborn ambition to adopt a Chinese baby - a plot contrivance which appears principally designed to conceal his stupefying dullness. Despite being single, earning little money and suffering from violent hallucinations, he considers himself good parent material - and some irresponsible adoption agency (that could only exist in an Indie universe) seems to agree.
The story begins when Al Lolly, an overweight businessman with chronic back problems, visits the gloomy mattress warehouse where Brian is employed. Big Al purchases a top-of-the-line item and later sends his beautiful daughter to settle the bill. When she arrives on the scene, it's soon apparent that Happy Lolly equals Brian in the quirky troubled department. She asks him to help transport her father to a chiropractic appointment, and while the oddball soul-mates wait for Al to conclude his treatment, Happy casually inquires whether Brian would be interested to have sex with her. He doggedly obliges in the underground car park - and so it comes to pass that the loony lovers embark on their lukewarm love affair. If truth be told, the romance doesn't amount to much - almost immediately Happy expresses her neuroses with lame attempts to escape the relationship, while Brian continues on his doleful way obsessing about Chinese babies. Like it or leave it - that's how love is in Indie-World.
'Gigantic's' script is a strangely schizophrenic beast - the main narrative arc is the lovers' moth-eaten romance, but the rest of the dialog contains some offbeat black humor, providing John Goodman, Ed Asner, Jane Alexander, Clarke Peters and Zooey Deschanel with the raw material to create some authentically original characters. Somehow, mysteriously, their combined talents just manage to keep 'Gigantic' afloat while Dano impersonates a sack of potatoes in the central role.
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