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Big Words


Neil Drumming

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About the Movie

Writer/director Neil Drumming’s Big Words is set in Brooklyn on the eve of President Obama’s history-making first election. Three former members of a promising hip-hop crew cross paths again to discover that some things never change. Former frontman John, once known as Big Words, is now a working class guy who raps only to himself. James is a publicist living with his boyfriend, far removed from the days when he rhymed about getting girls. And DJ Malik still spins records with a longing for the glory days. Together again on this landmark occasion, the pals reckon with dreams deferred and new hopes.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Big Words" explores weighty themes with a very light touch. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jul 18, 2013

Fresh: Drumming is able to swing from lighter comedic moments to dramatic insights while making it seem effortless. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Jul 25, 2013

Fresh: Full of ideas on art, politics, relationships, and the construction of identity, it's that rare film in which black characters aren't amped-up caricatures. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Jul 16, 2013

Fresh: While not perfect, its restrained approach makes for ideal counter-programming in which message-mongering takes backseat. – Eric Kohn, indieWire, Jul 15, 2013

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Customer Reviews

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Some of this was shot in my old hood and that was good enough. I'm older than hip-hop, yet I know something about each one of these characters. Thank you for taking me along on a wonderful ride. See you next time

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