cranky home
Reviews since 1993:   A-E     F-N      O-Z    Posters       Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do         Search the Site

Your Donations support the Site

amazon.gif
Top Selling DVD     Books

BLU-RAY DVDs:
50 Shades of Grey
Exodus Gods and Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game, The
Into the Woods

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Robocop
Selma
Theory of Everything
Ride Along
We're the Millers
The Great Gatsby
Akira
Avatar
The Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man
Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Trilogy
World War Z
Happy Feet 2
Iton Man 3 combo
Batman Begins
Dark Knight
Fifth Element
The Hangover
Hunger Games
James Bond 11 disc coll.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible GP
Sherlock Holmes AGOS
Singing in the Rain
Snow White Huntsman
Star Trek Into Darkness combo
Star Wars Saga
21 Jump Street
Ultimate Matrix coll
X-Men First Class
X-Men Trilogy
X-Men Wolverine

 BLU-Ray for Family DVDs 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Bambi
A Bug's Life
Cars
Chronicles of Narnia set
Coraline
Ghostbusters
Harry Potter 1-8 collection
Iron Man 2 combo
Kung Fu Panda
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Pinocchio
Pirates of Caribbean trilogy
Pixar short films
Ratatouille
Rio
Shrek the Whole Story
Sleeping Beauty
The Smurfs
combo
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs
Star Trek motion pictures set
Star Trek TNG Season One
Star Wars Saga (1-6)
Toy Story combo
Toy Story 2 combo
Toy Story 3 combo
Wall-E SE

OFCS

Search engine by FreeFind
Click to add search to YOUR web site!
click to search site

 DISNEY PIXAR DVDs
Alice in Wonderland
Bambi
Beauty and the Beast
Bolt
Cinderella
Coraline
E.T.
Kung Fu Panda
The Lion King
Mary Poppins 45th LE
Pinocchio
Princess Mononoke
Ratatouille
Rio 
Shrek the Whole Story
Simpsons Movie
Spider-Man Trilogy
Spirited Away
Star Trek movies set
Star Trek TOS (TV)
ST:TNG complete tv set
Star Wars Trilogy (1-3)
Star Wars Trilogy (4-6)
Toy Story DVD combo
Toy Story 2 DVD combo
Toy Story 3 DVD combo
Wallace and Gromit
Wall-E SE

Buy Movie collectibles
TV/Movie Collectibles

movie review query engine

NY film critics online

Privacy Policy


Click for full sized poster

Buy the Poster

The Big Bounce

Starring Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise, Vinnie Jones, Sara Foster, Willie Nelson, Bebe Neuwirth and Charlie Sheen
Screenplay by Sebastian Gutierrez, from a novel by Elmore Leonard
Directed by George Armitage
website: www.thebigbounce.com

IN SHORT: Fun to watch. Easy to forget. [Rated PG-13 for Sexual Content and Nudity, Violence and Language. 85 minutes]

Ah, this year's Elmore Leonard adaptation. We look forward to these since we know from past experience that, at minimum, we're going to enjoy the characters and their interplay as their story hits the big screen. It would take an astoundingly awful adaptation to screw that up. Since we don't compare to Source Material we can't say if that's the case with The Big Bounce. Its characters kept our attention even as a way under-developed story unravels on screen. Topping it all off is the kind of surprise we hate to have sprung on us at the end of a movie, the kind which make come out of nowhere and serve no real function other than to drop a surprise on your heads.

On the other hand, The Big Bounce excels in presenting at least one set of characters whose developing relationship is a heckofa lot of fun to watch. The first of 'em is Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) -- no, not that Jack Ryan -- a ne'er do well who roams the beaches of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Ryan has no qualms about crashing beach parties and removing all the wallets from all the clothes piled up back in the house owned by the host. The recklessness of the work appeals to the blonde jaw dropper that has caught his eye, Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster), girlfriend of married real estate mogul Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise). The bigger problem for Jack is that he has already pissed off Ritchie, whose number one stooge Bob Jr. (Charlie Sheen) has told our Hero to get off the island.

Jack's problems with Ritchie, for whom he is first seen doing some pick up construction work, involve a strong arm stooge named Lou Harris (Vinnie Jones) and a baseball bat. Said problem brings a local Judge, Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman), into the story. Yeah, the judge can jail our hero but he gives the dude a job, doing maintenance at the Keiki Vista bungalow complex that he owns.

So, once Jack makes his play for Nancy, the fact that she is involved with Ray is why this pair go busting into houses, instead of just hopping into the sack. Things get interesting when Nancy tells Jack that she knows of a $200K stash -- payoff money from Ritchie to the local organized crime gangs -- just begging to be taken. Add to the character list Ritchie's wife Alison (Bebe Neuwirth) and a buddy of Jack named Frank, we think, who owes 1500 bucks to the aforementioned Lou to pay off a bad bet. We think. This last bit is such a throwaway that, when it becomes important, the utter lack of development in this story becomes apparent.

We're trying real hard to keep all the connections straight in this description, folks. The characters so outweigh the story that the "surprise" ending sinks the whole damned thing. We suggest that you ignore the fact that we mentioned that and plant just to watch all the characters interact. Who needs a rock solid story when you have enough other distractions to keep you happily shoving the popcorn down your gullet?

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to The Big Bounce, he would have paid . . .

$6.00

Like most dateflicks, The Big Bounce is enjoyable and totally disposable.

amazon com link Click to buy films starring Owen Wilson
Click to buy films starring Morgan Freeman
Click to buy films starring Gary Sinise
Click Here!
Lord of the Rings merchandise - LOTRshop.com

The Cranky Critic website is Copyright © 1995  -  2017  by Chuck Schwartz. Articles by Paul Fischer are Copyright © 1999 - 2006 Paul Fischer. All images, unless otherwise noted, are property of,©, ®, their respective studios and are used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used or copied for any commercial purpose. Academy Award(s) and Oscar®(s) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.