There are many mysteries in Gigantic: its title, for one, and a homeless character who stalks the film’s protagonist and quite possibly might not be real. It’s a romantic comedy that could easily veer into twee territory, but even the presence of ur-Manic Pixie Dream Girl Zooey Deschanel cannot send the subtle, smart, and surprising story by first-time director Matt Aselton into quirk-overload. Gigantic stars Paul Dano as Brian, a young mattress salesman who sells a luxury bed to Al (John Goodman in a hilarious turn as a loudmouthed art collector), and soon falls for his eccentric daughter Happy (Deschanel). The excellent supporting cast (including Lou Grant himself, Ed Asner) and lovely score by Roddy Bottom (ex-Imperial Teen and Faith No More) add up to a soon-to-be-sleeper hit.
– Audrey Mast