The term 'independent movie' doesn't mean anything at this point really, and is certainly not a particular genre. Most of…
The Giant Mechanical Man
An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.
Those two magical words are enough to get me to watch pretty much anything. I was expecting a quirky rom-com, but that's not what this is. People saying this is quirky were watching it differently than me, because I thought these were two generically boring characters thrown into a cookie-cutter mold of a romantic comedy. Then, somebody took all the comedy out, put in a bunch of sadness and mid-life-crises-ness, manufactured a romance out of thin air, and added in some minor characters that were supposed to be funny (they weren't). It's so boring that I actually turned it off 2 minutes before it ended and didn't even realize it was almost over.
But Chris Messina. On stilts. In silver makeup. The man could have amazing chemistry with a tiny rock, so it's worth watching if you like his adorable self and Jenna Fischer (from the Office).
Don't poke the fucking monkey!
Lee Kirk's directorial debut is a solid effort hampered a bit by a predictable plot. Is there a rom-com law that says in the third act the couple has to have a misunderstanding that jeopardizes the relationship? Am I wrong for complaining about such a thing? Moving on.
I always find Jenna Fischer charming as hell whether it's on The Office or the various independent films she's in. Here she has great chemistry Chris Messina as two people that might seem quirky at first, but that's just compared to other rom-coms. The fact is their characters, Janice and Tim, are more realistic then what you'd usually find in this type of film.
Lee Kirk directs his wife, Jenna Fischer, in a lukewarm vanity project that's weighed down in socioeconomic fairy dust, terrible character writing, and plain old cheese. I watched this because I like Fischer and Chris Messina, but even they can't stand up to this tidal wave of smarm.
The Giant Mechanical Man is an ok indie romance that reminded me of Next Stop Wonderland. There is a quietness about it, the characters' awkwardness is never hidden, and while much of the film is set at the zoo, many of the zoo scenes are in an aquarium, much like Next Stop Wonderland.
The only problem I had with the film is that I didn't quite buy into Janice and Tim, the main characters. They are the new social misfits: the over-educated unambitious 30 somethings who don't know what they want. That's fine. What isn't is that you know this because all the secondary characters are so over-the-top stupid and nagging and careless that you have to root for poor…
❤ Chris Messina and Jenna Fischer is always charming :-)
Predictable but with endearing characters.
This movie is as charming and unassuming as its two protagonists. I thought it was absolutely terrific. Not Oscar-terrific, but perfect for a light, evening watch or rainy day fun.
I'll admit that romantic comedies aren't really my thing but I will say that this is definitely one of the best that I've seen from the genre. And ultimately that is due to its incredibly charming two leads, Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina. The two of them are both likable and relatable and share a great chemistry with each other. That's really the key to this genre; when the lead couple is so good that we want them to be together and these two hit that mark perfectly.
This is a cute-rainy-day-kind-of-sad-type of movie that I fell in love with because of Jenna Fischer. She was pretty much still Pam, but she was falling in love with someone other than Jim. It's adorable, and it was the movie that got me hooked on the Independent section on Netflix
Sweet little rom-drama starring Chris Messina who has great lead chemistry with his quiet co-lead.
Watching this film you know exactly where it's going, how everything is going to turn out and it's nothing new but I didn't care because this really struck a cord with me. This film totally gets it. It understands what it's like to feel completely lost in life and how ridiculous life's little rules are when you step back and think. It understands that following your dreams or living the way you want to isn't all that easy and people will get in the way, constantly drag you down and attempt to mould you into someone you don't want to be. It understands that at the core of it all, the world is a depressing place when you're stuck in…
My love for Pam Beesly and Chris Messina could not make up for this disappointing romantic 'comedy.'
Predictable plot but I still enjoyed it.
Jenna Fischer plays an aimless thirty-something who can't quite figure out what to do with her life who ends up living with her overbearing younger sister when evicted from her apartment. Chris Messina plays a street performer who feels getting a real job and working the grind like everyone else would make his art meaningless. The two meet (technically meet again) when they both get jobs at a zoo. They start to hit it off and romance is imminent, but is complicated by the annoying author her sister insists she should be dating. There's nothing particularly extraordinary about this film. It has a lot of good elements in that it is shot well, the story is enjoyable and most of…
UPDATE: 12/5/2014 - Fucking nailed it.
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