Starring Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, and John Goodman
Brian Weathersby (Paul Dano) has always wanted to adopt a baby from China. His father (Edward Asner) remembers Brian's eighth birthday, and he was disappointed even then that he didn't get a Chinese baby. But now, 20 years later, he might only be months away. What do we do when we live out our dreams, the goals that we've built our entire lives around? I suppose it's probably better to know you've accomplished the goal than to know that you can't, but it still must leave an empty space in your life, because the longing is gone. Matt Aselton's Gigantic is less about the adoption of a Chinese baby and more about the unfulfilled life the baby will undoubtedly change. Brian works at a high-end mattress store. He makes 5% of everything he sells, and one morning, he sells a $14,000 mattress to the eccentric Al Lolly (John Goodman). He's an odd penny, a man who blusters that he has the ninth fastest tennis serve in the world or that meditated a brain tumor the size of a squash ball out of his frontal lobe and hoarked it up several months later. Al is nothing like his daughter, Harriet (Zooey Deschanel). She prefers being called Happy, and she'd probably prefer being happy even more. Deschanel has played characters like Happy before - slightly askew, vulnerable, and entrancing. Brian is instantly captivated by her, and she him. And though the film wanders into love story territory, this really isn't about their relationship. It's about Brian finding places to fit all these new things in his world.
Watch the Gigantic trailer