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The Big Bounce

  • Crime/detective
  • Comedy
  • 2004
  • George Armitage
  • 84 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Wry comedy adaptation of the Elmore Leonard crime novel, starring Owen Wilson as surfing slacker and petty thief Jack Ryan, who becomes involved in a game of double-cross with a beautiful woman and her property-developing lover.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Though the 1969 adaptation of novelist Elmore Leonard's crime caper was poor, this updated version from Grosse Pointe Blank director George Armitage is not much better. Taking over the role that marked Ryan O'Neal's debut, Owen Wilson plays a laid-back petty thief whose roving eye gets him into serious trouble when he falls for criminally minded thrill-seeker Sara Foster. Despite being perfectly cast, Wilson's easy charm is never completely convincing, and he struggles to carry the feature. It's partly due to the weak script and unnecessarily convoluted plot, which twists and turns without any real explanation or character development to support it. Even the entertaining smart-talk rapidly degenerates into farce, giving superior actors such as Morgan Freeman and Gary Sinise little to get their teeth into.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack RyanOwen Wilson
Walter CrewesMorgan Freeman
Ray RitchieGary Sinise
Nancy HayesSara Foster
Lou HarrisVinnie Jones
Bob Rogers JrCharlie Sheen
Alison RitchieBebe Neuwirth
Bob Rogers SrHarry Dean Stanton
Joe LurieWillie Nelson
Ned ColemanAndrew Wilson (1)

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Armitage

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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