Billy Crystal has some great movies (City Slickers and Forget Paris) and some bad ones (Fathers' Day). Unfortunately, My Giant is more like the latter.
Billy Crystal plays a down-on-his-luck Hollywood agent who happens to run into a giant guy (Gheorghe Muresan). Crystal thinks this guy may be the next big thing (no pun intended) and ships him off to America, while offering to reunite him with his long lost love.
My Giant is a comedy but it isn't really funny. There are a few good moments but that's about it; in the long run, there's nothing much to this movie. Billy Crystal is his usual sarcastic self, but the script just doesn't bring forth and really funny aspects of his character. Most scenarios are only, "ha ha, that's funny. Let's get on with the next thing," and there's not many, "ha ha, let's have some more of that," kind of stuff.
The one surprise is the giant himself, Gheorghe Muresan. He's very exuberant and outgoing. There was a lot of personality around his character. On the other hand, the character seemed pretty dumb for such a smart guy. He was obsessed with a girl that he kissed twenty years earlier, and never understood that she didn't love him back. I guess the point of this was to show the giant's lack of influence of the outside world, but it just seemed rather crazy to me.
As the movie goes on, it gets more and more boring. The first half hour or so is pretty enjoyable, but once the movie returns to the States, there just isn't much originality. The ending is particularly bad, lacking just about any comedy. Furthermore, the movie has a sad ending, which is totally pointless for a movie that is billed as a comedy.
The only other good aspect of the film is a large cameo appearance by Steven Seagal, playing himself. But even that can't save the film.
My Giant has nothing new to offer and overall, it is pretty boring. The few funny scenes come few and far between. This is one Billy Crystal movie you can skip.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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