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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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Alright... I'll send my girl by this afternoon... take a look, work out the financing. Fourteen grand is the price you quoted me not a penny more so don't try to Jew the price up on me. You're not... Jewish, are you?
No, I'm not, but there's...
Good. Just a figure of speech. I'm half Jew myself. I work with Jews. They Jew me all day long so I can say it.
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"Gigantic's" main protagonist is twenty-eight year old Brian - a morose, monosyllabic mattress salesman. Some jaded film-goers might feel they've watched Paul Dano portray Brian's charisma-free loner cousins overplaying their quirkiness in far too many Indie projects. In 'Gigantic' Brian possesses the stubborn ambition to adopt a Chinese baby - a plot contrivance which appears designed to distract from his stupefying dullness. Despite being single, earning little money and suffering from violent hallucinations, he considers himself good parent material, and an irresponsible adoption agency is helping him achieve his goal.
The story begins when Al Lolly, an overweight businessman with chronic back problems, visits the gloomy warehouse where Brian is employed. Big Al purchases an expensive mattress and later sends his beautiful daughter to settle the bill. When Happy Lolly arrives, she asks Brian to help transport her father to a chiropractic appointment, and while they wait for Al, Happy invites Brian to have sex with her. He doggedly obliges in an underground car park, but their romance doesn't amount to much - almost immediately Happy expresses her own quirkiness with lame attempts to escape the relationship, while Brian continues 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 story is the lovers' moth-eaten romance, but the sub-plots contain some offbeat black humor, providing John Goodman, Ed Asner, Jane Alexander, Clarke Peters and Zooey Deschanel with opportunities to create some original characters. Somehow, mysteriously, their combined talents manage to keep 'Gigantic' afloat while Dano impersonates a sack of potatoes in the central role.
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