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The Big Bounce (Full Screen Edition)
The Big Bounce
Full Screen Edition
Actors: Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise, Sara Foster, Butch Helemano
Director: George Armitage
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2004     1hr 28min

Set on Hawaii's stunning North Shore, a charismatic drifter forms a dubious alliance with a powerful local businessman while hooking up with a criminally-minded seductress to double-cross a wealthy developer and his cohort...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise, Sara Foster, Butch Helemano
Director: George Armitage
Creators: Beate Antares, Brad Goodman, Brent Armitage, Channing Dungey, Gary Marcus, Elmore Leonard, Sebastian Gutierrez
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/20/2004
Original Release Date: 01/30/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/30/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 10
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: French, Spanish

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John H. (Jmhardin) from JONESBORO, AR
Reviewed on 4/9/2009...
One of the best B movies out there. Jack Ryan (owen wilson) is the perfect con, but he gets taken for the fool, then gets lucky and figures it out. Good twists in the plot to keep you guessing who is the real villian here.
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Knuckleheaded remake
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 08/16/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Why anyone would have thought it was a good idea to remake "The Big Bounce," an utterly unmemorable 1969 caper comedy (based on an Elroy Leonard novel), is a complete mystery to me. Owen Wilson takes over the role of Jack Ryan (originally played by Ryan O'Neal), a petty crook who has some issues with his ex-boss, Ray Ritchie, a corrupt real estate developer in Hawaii. Hooking up with Ritchie's bombshell mistress, Ryan comes up with a scheme to rob the big man of a couple hundred thousand dollars. Ryan is also befriended by an anti-Ritchie judge named Walter Crewes, for reasons that make almost no sense at all until the closing moments. As in all films of this type, Ryan soon learns that people are not always what they appear to be and that the conning game can work both ways. Actually, if the truth be told, Ryan is remarkably stupid for a con man.

The pacing of this film is almost shockingly bad. The story plods along for a good hour or so before the inevitable plot twists begin to kick in. Then, when they finally arrive, they are so poorly worked out and explained that you will probably be scratching your head wondering what it was that just happened - if you still care that is. The attitude on the part of both the filmmakers and the actors is so lackadaisical and indifferent that the film is really an insult to the audience who is paying good money to sit through this mess. In addition to Wilson, the film wastes the considerable talents of Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen, Willie Nelson, Harry Dean Stanton, Sara Foster and Gary Sinise, among others, all of whom at least got a trip to Hawaii out of the deal. The people watching the movie, sadly, walk off with only a torn ticket stub for a souvenir.


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I actually enjoyed this movie, despite its faults
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 10/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I really didn't expect a lot from this movie - but it did feature Morgan Freeman, the greatest actor working today, as well as the scantily-clad Sara Foster, so I said what the heck. Actually, the movie really isn't that bad. Sure, it's a little silly and predictably unpredictable (you know how these comic con game movies are), it sometimes seems as if the actors are making things up as they go along, and the ending leaves much to be desired, but - and I hate to admit this - Owen Wilson is pretty darn funny, the Hawaiian setting is gorgeous, there's no shortage of bikini-clad ladies, and the storyline is enough to keep you interested. You also have all these weird cameo appearances by celebrities such as Gary Sinise, Willie Nelson, Harry Dean Stanton, and Bebe Neuwirth - they don't really add to the movie, but you're always wondering what famous person will show up next.

I don't think I need to explain how these con game movies work, not after all of the con game movies Hollywood has sent our way in recent years. You've got your con, then you've got your hidden "conspiracy" of con men and women making things more complicated, and then you have an ending that flies off in another direction altogether without adequately explaining what just happened. Owen Wilson plays Jack Ryan, a rather typical roustabout who has made his way to Hawaii. There's an unfortunate incident involving his supervisor's head and a baseball bat, but oddly enough, the district judge Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman) gives him a job, and it's not long before he is hanging out with Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster), the young mistress of Jack's now-former boss Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise). Drawing upon the natural charms she was blessed with, Nancy talks Jack into pulling a heist for her; two hundred grand is going to be ripe for the plucking and - best of all - the robbery victim will be none other than Ray Ritchie himself. Now that you know the basic setup, forget all about it because things change a great deal by the time everything actually goes down.

Morgan Freeman was, naturally, quite good in this film - although I don't consider The Big Bounce to be much of a feather in his cap. Methinks my favorite actor really just wanted to spend a working vacation in Hawaii. It seems obvious to me that Owen Wilson was the perfect choice to play Jack Ryan - I'm not saying he's a great actor, but few actors could have delivered all of his cheesy dialogue without bringing the whole production down around his feet. Sara Foster is quite good as well (and I'm not just saying that because she was scantily-clad most of the time). Unfortunately, the ending of the movie just isn't very satisfying - too much is left unexplained, and it just doesn't feel right.

Maybe I'm just too easy to please, but I think The Big Bounce is a pretty good film for the most part - a silly little diversion that will make you laugh a few times and leave you feeling entertained (although the unsatisfying conclusion might lead you to forget the good things about the film)."
Never catches fire
TheBandit | SEA-TAC | 07/22/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"At about the one-hour mark, I realized this movie was never going to really take off. It's short to begin with (88 minutes including credits), and after being very patient it was frustrating that there was no real payoff.

Don't get me wrong, the movie has sort of an easy-going charm. A little too easy-going, to be blatantly honest. For a movie about con men pulling various scams, the movie just didn't have a lot of energy. The cast can't be faulted, plenty of A-list talent. Most of the movie rests on Owen Wilson, who is more or less typecast here, and newcomer Sara Foster, who is stunningly attractive but rather bland as an actress. The movie could've benefited from a little steam, but either Foster had a no-nudity clause or the producers didn't want to go beyond a PG-13 rating for some reason. In supporting roles, great actors like Morgan Freeman and Gary Sinise have very little to do in underwritten roles.

The movie is easy on the eyes, lots of great cinematography featuring the natural beauty of Hawaii. The cast is game, even when working with very little. There are a few off-handed laughs sprinkled throughout. And for two-thirds of the running time, I was fairly certain that things would come together with some nice twists and a satisfying conclusion. The satisfaction never really occurred, and the movie faded from memory not long after it was over.

The dvd looks and sounds great (some cool tunes on the soundtrack, sounding great in the 5.1 mix). I realize the movie was a bomb at the box office, but even so a little more effort could've been put into the supplemental features. Here's what we get: a 12 minute promotional featurette (standard mix of movie clips, cast interviews, behind-the-scenes snippets), a 3 minute mini-featurette about the surfing segments (a very minor part of the movie), and 7 minutes of surf footage outtakes (with surfing being such a sidenote in the movie, I guess they wanted to get some use out of this footage!)."