A down-on-his-luck movie agent (Billy Crystal) goes to a movie site in Romania to be with his only client, his former paperboy. But once he gets there, the kid tells him he is getting a big time agent and that he is fired. Despondent, the agent roams the countryside until he loses control of his car and overturns into a pond where he seemingly is going to drown until a pair of gigantic hands pulls him free of the car. Later he awakens in a monastery and discovers that a 7-1/2' man (NBA player Gheorge Muresan) rescued him. Money dances in front of the agent as he figures ways to get him back to America and into the movies. The giant is only interested in getting to Gallup to see his childhood girl friend. First the agent gets him a small role in the Romanian-filmed movie which earns his plane fare. Then he takes him to Las Vegas where he convinces Steven Seagal (in a cameo as himself) to include the giant in a new action film.Written by
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When Sam and Max are at the bus station to get tickets to Las Vegas and argue over where to go, they leave the ticket office to make a call but never buy the ticket. In the next scene they are on the bus. See more »
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"My Giant" is a pleasant, gentle movie, with some defects, but also containing some original ideas. The plot is divided into two conflicting parts. The first part, located in Rumania, is comic, with Sam (Billy Crystal) trying to convince the giant Max (Gheorghe Muresan) to become an actor. The second part, in the States, is sentimental (sometimes over-sentimental) and touching. Needless to say, I prefer the first part, which offers some really funny moments (NOT the vomit scene, which is, fortunately, the only coarseness in the film).
The sentimental part is a bit boring. Moreover, we find in it the cliche family troubles that (according to movies) any American male seems to have. But, in fairness, some developments of the story are original, unexpected and surprising, if not particularly cheerful.
I like Billy Crystal and I'm always amused by him. The character of the giant Max is depicted with extreme sympathy: Gheorghe Muresan shows that he can act.
A surprising peculiarity of "My Giant" is the great respect for Christian religion and priests (here monks), shown along the movie. This is really amazing. The trend in current movies is the exact contrary: Christian religious feelings are systematically scorned, and, in particular, priests are usually depicted as the hypocritical origin of all evil. Since I'm always fond of people swimming against the main stream, I heartily thank Billy Crystal and Gheorghe Muresan for having violated these annoying conventions.
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