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Gigantic (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  19 June 2009 (UK)
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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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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

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

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19 June 2009 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,294 (USA) (3 April 2009)

Gross:

$102,079 (USA) (26 June 2009)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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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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Written by Masta Killa (as Elgin Turner) & Devin Horwitz
Performed by Masta Killa
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Under license from Navy Yard (ASCAP)
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Driving out the Demons within
6 November 2009 | by (Mumbai,India) – See all my reviews

Gigantic is an eccentric film about two oddball families. Brian is bored with his job of selling mattresses and is obsessed with adopting a Chinese baby. Despite having loving parents and supportive brothers he cannot relate to them and lives alone frugally in an apartment. Harriet or Happy who walks into Brian's showroom one day and falls asleep on a mattress has a dysfunctional family with a loud mouth hypochondriac father, an estranged disconnected mother and a self-centered older sister. Brian and Harriet are drawn to each other sexually but cannot connect emotionally and the Chinese baby only makes things worse.

Alternately comical and melancholic this surreal story is about people managing their angst. The exact reasons for Brian's anxiety are not stated but it is possibly because he was brought accidentally into this world by his parents.

There is a bizarre subplot in which a homeless man stalks Brian and keeps attacking him without any purpose. The discerning few can easily see this as a subtext for the demons of self-doubt tormenting Brian's mind. For others it could be an annoying red herring.

It is a film that will make you feel good if you have cracked the subplot.


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