The Big Bounce

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Released 2004

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Director:
George Armitage
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
The Big Bounce is an action film directed by George Armitage based on a novel by Elmore Leonard. Happy-go-lucky con artist, Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) goes to Hawaii to find a job and meets Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster). Nancy explains to Jack that she has a foolproof way to steal $200,000 from her wealthy, land-developer boyfriend, Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise) who has ties to the mob. She enlists Jack's help to pull off the heist. Jack has a lot of other worries that include working for his new boss, Judge Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman) who hired Jack to help clean up a beach. The Judge would also like to prevent Ray Ritchie from building a hotel on the beach. Jack also has troubles with his old boss, Bob (Charlie Sheen), who is Ray Ritchie's right-hand man. This hilarious film features an all-star cast and is full of twists and turns where everyone has their own hidden agenda.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The usual double-crosses and convolutions ensue, but the narrative is so haphazard that the whole thing -- both the caper and the movie that contains it -- seems to have been hasti...

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Modestly engaging, albeit instantly forgettable shaggy-dog story only gradually reveals itself as a seriocomic take on standard-issue noir.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    There may once have been a real movie rattling inside the empty studio package known as The Big Bounce, but no longer.

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