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The Big Ask

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About the Movie

In this hilariously dark comedy, three couples head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother — but are not prepared for the outrageous request he makes. With Gillian Jacobs, David Krumholtz, and Jason Ritter.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: "The Big Ask" is a premise in search of a movie, one that co-directors Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman never quite find. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2014

Fresh: A strong ensemble is essential to a tale of a friendship in crisis. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 3, 2014

Rotten: It features a central protagonist who's simply not likable, supporting characters who serve as little more than plot devices for its lead, and a flat tone that somehow seems to soften even its most likable stars. – Brian Tallerico,, May 30, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Okay. He did NOT just say that.

Inappropriate? Um, yeah. Highly questionable motivation? Absolutely. Would you even consider it If you were asked? Get real. And being that suddenly very attentive fly on the wall, realizing that smart writing, fluid direction, real-world laughs and lotsa eye candy had just suspended even YOUR disbelief, what'd you have to say for yourself?

It could happen.

Worked for me

Reading over these reviews, I would be inclined to agree with @Offmymeds, except that even though he may be correct in some respects, I really enjoyed the film despite all of that. Yes, the premise is somewhat unbelievable, but it's carried out in a way that makes it more believable as it goes along, mainly because the premise isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things. There are so many other things going on to enjoy here. While the film is certainly funny, there are dark, dramatic parts that worked for me too. Overall, I really enjoyed the film and I went in without any preconceived notions about what I wanted it to be or what it should be. I let it be what it was on its own terms. The filmmaking, writing and acting are good enough to work in that way. This is not a studio comedy--its rhythms and themes are different. And I like those kinds of indie comedies. If you do, then I recommend the film highly.

Dark and funny - just my style

I saw this movie as part of SIFF last year and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of my very own. I knew little about it going in - which I think is a great way to view it. SIFF movies are somewhat of a crap-shoot but I'm glad I took a chance on this one. Hilarious. Ridiculous. And somehow very believable and dark all at the same time.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2014

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