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The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 April 2012 (USA)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.


Lee Kirk


Lee Kirk





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenna Fischer ... Janice
Chris Messina ... Tim
Malin Akerman ... Jill
Rich Sommer ... Brian
Lucy Punch ... Pauline
Topher Grace ... Doug
Bob Odenkirk ... Mark
Travis Schuldt ... Hal Baker
Valentine Miele Valentine Miele ... Mahoney
Sean Gunn ... George
Greg Trzaskoma Greg Trzaskoma ... Craig
Eddie Ebell Eddie Ebell ... Mitch
Chase Kim ... Mitch's Sidekick
Sarab Kamoo ... Sonia
John Cabrera John Cabrera ... Toby


An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief strong language

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Jenna Fischer (Janice) guest starred on That 70s Show in which Topher Grace (Doug) stars in. See more »


When Janice's sister and brother-in-law are leaving the restaurant on the double-date, Janice's brother-in-law accidentally leaves with a dinner napkin under his coat. See more »


Tim: It's depressing.
Janice: What do you mean?
Tim: I mean, human beings evolved out of millions of years out of the swamp, and stood up, made fire, built shelter, invented the wheel... For what, so you could stand in a funny hat and sell grape juice gorillas?
Janice: I'm kinda trying not to think about it like that.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits have finished there is a bonus scene from a Doug seminar where he compares the span of a conversation to the 4 quarters of American Football. See more »


Features The General (1926) See more »


You Got Me All Wrong
Written by Miguel Mendez & Joel Jerome
Performed by Dios Malos
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More than romance and comedy
5 April 2013 | by in1984See all my reviews

It fulfills everything that a romantic comedy wants to be. I.e., a sweet, cute, warm, encouraging, adorable, amusing, snuggle-worthy, young adult date (or post-breakup, or looking for someone) film. The plot setup is clear and you can see at least romantically where this is going within the first 5-10 minutes. Not a film to go to if you're looking for mystery or suspense or women screaming in fear with hands to their head.

It is, however, a new take on a common story line, and the writer/director does an excellent job of creating parallels. There are only so many new takes you can get on young adult romances involving those misdirected or lost and confused, so it's worth seeing for that and a variety of subtle insights.

As is befitting a giant mechanical age of program loops, it is easy to see how a giant mechanical man could have ended up writing this story as part of a biography.

But I'm still disappointed Jenna's character didn't do something about the artificial zoo juice.

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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Giant Mechanical Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,789, 29 April 2012

Gross USA:


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