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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dull, nonsensical holiday comedy has cursing, drinking.

Movie PG-13 2017 84 minutes
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This is a strained comedy featuring a whimsical plot that is unaccompanied by any supportive whimsical writing or acting. Formula rules over creativity. Maynard's unassuming but supportive employee, played by Judy Greer, is a stock character -- the "good woman" -- no more than a device to bring the movie around to its goal of getting Maynard what he deserves. Much of the comedy depends on lame ribbing of a cowardly TV "monster hunter" who thinks more about hair and makeup than the content of his show. Shannon is likable enough as a doormat to his oblivious and selfish wife, but it's utterly unfathomable that anyone would continue to run around at night in the woods dressed as Bigfoot while people with guns were also running around out there looking to shoot him.

The movie certainly has to overcome that unreality and since it fails to do so, everything that follows becomes equally difficult to swallow, or even sit through. At one point, Maynard types a letter before he goes off for his last appearance as Bigfoot, but we never find out what he wrote. The ending returns to the believable. The town recognizes the way it has taken dear, sweet, generous Maynard for granted, realizing how much more he's given them than the presence of a mythical creature ever could.

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