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Brigsby Bear (2017)

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After being freed from his life in an underground bunker, a man sets out to make a movie of the only TV show he has ever known.

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Dave McCary

Writers:

Kevin Costello (screenplay by), Kyle Mooney (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Mooney ... James Pope
Mark Hamill ... Ted Mitchum
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. ... Spencer (as Jorge Lendeborg)
Matt Walsh ... Greg Pope
Michaela Watkins ... Louise Pope
Ryan Simpkins ... Aubrey Pope
Greg Kinnear ... Detective Vogel
Alexa Demie ... Merideth
Beck Bennett ... Detective Bander
Claire Danes ... Emily
Chance Crimin Chance Crimin ... Logan
Jane Adams ... April Mitchum
Andy Samberg ... Eric
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Arielle Smiles
James Anthony Green James Anthony Green ... Police Officer
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Storyline

Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself. Written by Brigsby Bear Productions

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief sexuality, drug material and teen partying | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2017 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Brigsby Bear See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,652, 30 July 2017

Gross USA:

$532,669

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$681,632
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Following the world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017 at the Eccles theatre during the Q&A, the cast were asked what attracted them to the project. Mark Hamill talked about how much he liked the script and the originality of the story, but also joked: 'Also, I actually had lines. You know, that's always a bonus for me'. This is a reference to the fact that all of his lines were cut from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). See more »

Quotes

Ted Mitchum: [as Brigsby Bear] And remember... If you're feeling romantic emotions, only touch your penis twice a day.
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References TRON (1982) See more »

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Written by Thomas Ricard Evans, Lee James Malcom, Timothy Mitchell, Martin Teff and Peter Wright
Performed by Vessels
Courtesy of PIAS
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The Less You Know Going In, THE BETTER.
11 August 2017 | by Obi_Bamm_KaraokeSee all my reviews

Reviewing a film like "Brigsby Bear" is very difficult in the manner by which I review films because it is important to me to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible. That being said, understand that my take here will be at a "10,000-foot level," meaning that I have to tell you as little as possible about the film itself to keep its integrity intact.

Kyle Mooney has written the script (along with Kevin Costello) and plays James Pope, who lives in the desert with Ted (Mark Hamill) and April (Jane Adams). He spends most of his time watching his favorite show, "Brigsby Bear," a children's program that has captured his imagination for his entire life. When the show is cancelled out of nowhere, James decides to take it upon himself to finish Brigsby's story.

This is such a different kind of film that it was refreshing to me. Mooney, who is known in the current "SNL" cast for playing kooky, off- beat kinds of characters, channels those talents here and gives James a fun innocence that a character like this requires as the film progresses. His character's journey to fulfill his dream of closure and completion is well told in a way that hit me where I lived one moment, had me laughing out loud the next, and rooting for him in the moment after that. There is a great supporting cast here as well, but to talk too much about them will give away too much of the heart of this film.

It truly is important to go into "Brigsby Bear" as cold as you possibly can, avoiding any Internet spoilers in any way, shape, or form in order to truly enjoy its story as a whole. Once you see it and enjoy it, also do everyone else a favor and let them experience it in the same spoiler-free manner that hopefully you did as well.


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