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‘Gigantic’ is Leonard Maltin’s Pick-of-the-Week

We’ve just received word that esteemed critic Leonard Maltin will be spotlighting Gigantic on his weekly radio segment for Entertainment Tonight, which is syndicated across the country.

He says: “Gigantic is a small, sexy, very offbeat romantic comedy that won me over completely. If you have a taste for quirky little films you definitely ought to give this one a try.”

Be sure to catch ET ‘IN THEATERS’ RADIO SHOW on your local station this weekend.

does ‘Gigantic’ qualify as mumblecore?

from the review by Mark Taylor:

Matt Aselton’s debut feature, Gigantic doesn’t officially qualify as a mumblecore movie according to David Denby’s recent definition in the New Yorker, but it comes pretty damn close. Its main characters are young, “intermittently employed,” and fall into bed (or into the back seat) after an awkward flirtation. Brian (Paul Dano) lives in “moderately hip poverty” and isn’t particularly driven in the career department. He is only slightly articulate when describing his emotions, which range from somewhat beleaguered to slightly overwhelmed…

…It’s fun to watch two extremely quirky actors play such oddball characters, and to view a film that drops all pretense to realism. These characters with these particular motivations exist only in a certain kind of independent film. They come together, blurt out frank and challenging statements, act and react with the off-kilter spontaneity one — at least this one — rarely finds in real life, no matter how bohemian or alternative.

Flavorpill calls ‘Gigantic’ “a soon-to-be-sleeper hit”

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

San Francisco Bay Guardian thinks ‘Gigantic’ “has charm to spare”

We open in SF today @ the Lumiere.

Here’s what the Guardian says

Gigantic recalls the gimlet-eyed, halcyon days of ’90s indie filmmaking, when “quirky” was just another word for every reason to commit your painfully awkward coming-of-age tale to celluloid. Its perspective is tightly circumscribed; its family-centered world, contracted — and hey, the Pixies tune of its title doesn’t even surface in the soundtrack. Yet this quietly yet proudly strange romantic comedy has charm to spare, thanks to an impressive cast of comic vets and a relative newbie. At 28, the sweet, seemingly hapless Brian (Paul Dano) appears to be sleepwalking toward a dead end, selling pricey Swedish mattresses in downtown New York City, being eclipsed as the last, accidental child of aged bohemian parents (Ed Asner and Jane Alexander), trying against all odds to adopt a baby from China, and regularly being attacked by a mysterious homeless man (comedian Zach Galifianakis). Then one day a brash, boomingly loud, well-heeled customer (John Goodman) sweeps into the showroom, leaving his cute but scattered daughter Harriet (Zooey Deschanel) in his wake. Will Brian stir himself, rise to action, and grab for the brass ring of maturity and opportunity? Compelling players like Dano, Goodman, and Asner take Gigantic‘s conceit to the next level, while director and co-writer Matt Aselton has a genuine knack for off-center visual compositions — as well as an affection for his off-balance characters. (1:38) Lumiere, Shattuck. (Chun)

New York Post: ***1/2

Comparing ‘Gigantic’ to ‘Harold & Maude’ ? We’ll take that.nypost review

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Update: Director Matt Aselton Talks The Ambiguous And Clipped Tones Of ‘Gigantic’

They know what they’re talking about.

Thank you, The Playlist, for championing our little film, even though you probably didn’t know this little blog existed until maybe a week ago.

Review from No Blog For Young Men

We love this blog by Andrew Moore:

“You know it has been a while since I have seen a comedy that was genuinely made me laugh from more than just slapstick antics from the Seth Rogans or Will Farrells of this world, so when I originally watched the trailer for Gigantic I was actually quite excited by the quirkiness and apparent intelligence of what was seemingly on offer, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed…

With witty intelligent dialogue and a vivid New York backdrop that until now only Woody Allen could create so magically…”

Read more here.