The Big Bounce

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Missing: this movie's plot.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence

Comic violence, characters badly hurt and killed.

Sex

Sexual references and situations, partial nudity.

Language

Strong language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, smoking, character abuses alcohol, drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is pretty intense for a PG-13, with strong language, sexual references and situations (including making fun of a gay character), drinking, smoking, violence, and general bad behavior by just about everyone.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymellifluous April 9, 2008

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 Tene... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMovieFreak101 April 9, 2008

A bad flim with no point.......

The only reason I seen the worthless flim was because of Gary Sinise. Was on for 5 seconds....so that ended my fun. I also a fan Morgan Freemon, but even he cou... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE BIG BOUNCE, sticky-fingered surf bum Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) loses his job for bashing the boss with a baseball bat. He gets a new job as a sort of handyman for some bungalows owned by Judge Crewes (Morgan Freeman). He meets a beautiful woman named Nancy (Sara Foster) who has a weakness for men who have a weakness, and the next thing you know everyone is trying to double-cross everyone else over $250,000 in cash. It's supposed to be used to pay some goons to beat up the people who are protesting a development owned by a mean guy who is Nancy's boyfriend. But Nancy wants Jack to steal it. "All you have to do," she purrs, "is walk in poor and walk out rich."

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether anyone in this movie trusted anyone else, and if so, how. What will happen to Jack, Nancy, and Crewes after the movie ends?

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