The Big Bounce George Armitage

The Big Bounce George Armitage
There's no disputing The Big Bounce's pedigree for charm. It stars Owen Wilson as Jack Ryan (an Elmore Leonard invention, not a Tom Clancy one), a drifter and grifter enjoying a laid-back, if impoverished, life in Hawaii. Director George Armitage's previous work includes the unassumingly delightful Gross Pointe Blank. And novelist Leonard's source material has regularly made for fun, character-driven and occasionally intelligent cinema in films like Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown. But The Big Bounce tries to get by on charm alone; it almost sneaks out without anyone noticing the giant plot holes, but not quite. In the film, Jack Ryan gets involved in a loose scheme involving his landlord (Morgan Freeman), his boss (Gary Sinise) and his boss's mistress (extremely scantily clad newcomer Sara Foster, former model and daughter of David Foster). And it's a very loose plot. The Big Bounce is a movie that's cutting class with Owen Wilson, waiting for the last possible second to get the homework assignment in, and doing enough to get by but not nearly living up to its potential. And as an 88-minute trifle goes, it's distracting enough, but one gets the sense — particularly from vets like Freeman — that this film is more an excuse to spend a few weeks paid vacation in Hawaii than anything to do with the filmmaker's art. Too bad. (Warner)