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About the Movie
From Tribeca Film, THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN is a charming romantic comedy that proves it only takes one person to make you feel important. Starring Jenna Fischer ("The Office", "Hall Pass", "Blades of Glory"), Chris Messina ("Vicky Christina Barcelona", "Argo", "Julie & Julia"), Malin Akerman ("The Heartbreak Kid", "Watchmen", "Rock of Ages") and Topher Grace ("In Good Company", TV's "That 70's Show").
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 22
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Replete with eye-roll-inducing contrivances and heavy-handed symbolism - both lovers share dreams of their teeth falling out - this arrested-development comedy panders to the work-averse by taking easy aim at ambitious careerists.
Fresh: Grinding its gears a bit in an attempt to achieve maximum quirkiness, "The Giant Mechanical Man" will meet most audiences' standards for "charming."
Fresh: Fischer ... imbues Janice with a wounded soulfulness that cuts right through the cliches.
Fresh: Under a few layers of urban twee is a sly, knowing little romantic comedy full of spiky performances.
The Giant Mechanical Man
This movie has a genuine quality that is just missing in many films. The actors must have banded together to make The Giant Mechanical Man (with a $1 million budget). Many of them have acted together before (Topher Grace and Jenna Fischer, That 70's Show; Jenna Fischer and Rich Sommer, The Office). I'm probably missing a connection with Bob Odenkirk - who is great in everything he does. A movie made as "an act of love" doesn't always turn out to be a good film. Here, it does. The camaraderie between the actors brings life to scenes. This is an incredible talent pool that lifts a good independent film to a much higher level.
This is a thoughtful romantic movie that is for loners who want to fit in and confused about their existence in the world!!! with a happy ending!!
Break out role for Chris Messina
Messina reveals himself to be a wonderful physical actor in the unusual role of an eccentric, dedicated street performer specializing in the mechanical-man genre, a subset of mime that requires great skill and prodigious concentration. Moreover he and Jenna Fischer have terrific chemistry together. It's refreshing to see such unforced tenderness on screen. I'm clearly in a different world from the one inhabited by the NY Times critic who faulted the film for its lack of a proper work ethic. To me that makes as much sense as knocking "Hamlet" for not promoting respect for motherhood. I'll admit that the subplot involving a self-help huckster (Topher Grace) wore a bit thin and the Sister and Brother-in-law characters are near-caricatures of air-headed consumers. The sisters, though, (Fischer and Malin Ackerman) have a surprising and moving scene late in the film. Fischer is a marvel throughout, growing, scene by scene, from a lost, inarticulate victim into a beautiful, grounded woman about to discover her full powers. The Giant Mechanical Man is a sweet (but not cloying) movie that tells a story of two people who know how little they really know but insist on fully engaging in the search, moment by moment, to find out. That they find each other in the process is a natural, understated and satisfying denouement.