Parents' Guide to

The Big Bounce

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Missing: this movie's plot.

Movie PG-13 2004 98 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

A Decent Film - At Best

The only reason I really went to see this movie was because of Owen Wilson. He's good in the movie, but not in top form a la Shanghai Noon, The Royal Tenenbaums, or Bottle Rocket. Overall it's a pretty mediocre and harmless movie. The most objectionable part, from my perspective, was that the female lead (who's only real job in the movie is to be good-looking) is far too skinny to be sensibly considered beautiful. She's the type of woman that encourages anorexia in girls and that men need to be retrained to think is unheathily skinny rather than attractive.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The Big Bounce wants to be comic caper movie, but the real crime is inflicted on the Elmore Leonard book credited with inspiring it. You can tell that somewhere in there there's a book with colorful characters and a couple of lines of dialogue that crackle. There is some evidence that there was an actual plot of some kind. At some point. But not now.

Wilson, who always looks like a surf bum in whatever part he is playing, finally gets to play a surf bum and is surprisingly uninteresting in the part. Foster has some spirit and Freeman's bemused spin makes his lines feel fresh and he adds a little class. But the movie feels recut by people who weren't sure what tone they were trying for, and the result is just bland.

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