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Big Bounce, The (2004)
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by EricDSnider

"Oy, if this is the big bounce, I'd hate to see how lame the small one is."
2 stars

When the twisty plots and stylish dialogue of novelist Elmore Leonard are given half-hearted attention, you get the sort of lazy, dull mess that is "The Big Bounce."

Set in beautiful Hawaii, the film stars Owen Wilson as Jack, a petty thief, surfer and layabout. At the outset, he is being fired from a construction job because he sides with the locals who don't want their trees torn down ... oh, and because he nails his boss in the face with a baseball bat.

Ignoring warnings from everyone to just leave the island and avoid trouble, he sticks around and befriends a judge and resort owner named Walter (Morgan Freeman). He also meets Nancy (Sara Foster), a gorgeous woman who is the mistress of crime boss Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise), and the would-be lover of Ritchie's underling, Bob Jr. (Charlie Sheen). She likes crime, and Jack likes her, so he shows her how to break into houses, steal wallets, that sort of basic stuff.

Then the opportunity arises for a major heist: $200,000 cash that Ritchie has lying around his hunting cabin. Jack and Nancy have to trust each other enough to work together, while simultaneously avoiding the watchful eye of Ritchie and the bumbling foolishness of Bob Jr.

The Leonard novel was made into a film once before, in 1969, starring Ryan O'Neal. That version, which I have not seen, is not highly regarded, but I can't imagine it's any less effective than the remake, directed by George Armitage ("Grosse Pointe Blank"). The story feels directionless for much of the time, and the final unravelings are thoroughly unsatisfying.

Owen Wilson, bless his heart, wrings a few laughs out of Sebastian Gutierrez' lifeless script, and Morgan Freeman is a joy to watch in anything. But as an actress, former model Sara Foster is a good former model. Nice to look at, but man, she's boring.

It's hard for a film set on the beaches of Hawaii to be dreary, and this one isn't. It's sunny, upbeat and jovial, and not altogether unpleasant. It's just so mediocre, so lackadaisical. It's as though the movie itself is a beach bum who doesn't want to put much effort into anything.

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User Comments

2/17/14 Charles Tatum One of those movies where the cast is having more fun than the viewer 2 stars
8/14/05 Donna Gelpigi Starts tame and lame. Then, more of the same 2 stars
8/02/05 Bobby da Squid Decidedly average despite the great cast. The plot wanders and the comedy is often forced. 3 stars
7/14/05 Steve Newman Utter utter rubbish - BUT - Sara Foster what a fantastic body, she is perfect, WOW WOW WOW 1 stars
6/04/05 Ubu the Ripper Sure, Sara Foster is hot. But what o what was Morgan Freeman thinking? 2 stars
4/09/05 Agent Sands I watch again a year later, and realize it's a lot less contrived than I thought!Enjoyable! 5 stars
11/27/04 brian disappointing waste of time and money 1 stars
9/14/04 Isabella Gutierrez FOR YOUR INFORMATION THAT'S MY DAD & THEY CHANGED EVERYTHING IN THE SCRIPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
8/23/04 Spaace_monkey Second worst film in history 1 stars
7/28/04 Elizabeth Feels like everyone came to Hawaii for a vacation. 2 stars
3/19/04 Priscilla Postlethwaite Best line is "I have a head start in that department". Too bad about rest of movie! 2 stars
3/18/04 Donna Gelpigi Starts tame and lame. Then, more of the same. 2 stars
3/16/04 lyndon Why are scams so difficult to follow.? needed time to digest all the double-crosses. 3 stars
2/28/04 Sheryl Disappointed 2 stars
2/14/04 KingNeutron They REALLY could have given Charlie Sheen some better lines. Nice char interaction tho. 3 stars
2/03/04 Agent Sands Great first half hour, nice intro to characters. No follow-through, unsatisfactory ending. 3 stars
2/01/04 bender Terrible, slow-moving, unfunny and one of the most boring "comedies" I've ever seen. 1 stars
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