Ric’s Netflix Picks: “The Giant Mechanical Man”


How do you create a painting?

One brushstroke at a time.

After losing her job and getting evicted from her apartment, Janice (Jenna Fischer), a young 30-something having difficulty navigating the waters of adulthood, moves into her sister’s home. Feeling pressure from her sister (Malin Åkerman) to grow up, Janice begins to date Doug (Topher Grace), a pretentious motivational speaker and self-help guru. Janice is also desperate for work, so she takes a low-level job at a zoo. There she meets Tim (Chris Messina), a man who is also trying to find his way through adulthood. Although regularly a street performer known as the Giant Mechanical Man, Tim has also recently taken a job at the zoo in order to pay his bills. Together Janice and Tim attempt to come to terms with the responsibilities of adulthood and how they see themselves fitting into those roles.

The Giant Mechanical Man is a quirky indie romantic comedy filled with some well-known faces. Fischer fits quite naturally in her role and it feels similar to her performance on The Office (US). Messina, who has become known for The Mindy Project (a show I have not watched, nor have any inclination to), portrays restrained frustration and should be lauded for the emotion he conveys when dressed as the Giant Mechanical Man. I love to hate Topher Grace and he does not disappoint. I wanted to punch him in the face every time I saw that smug mug of his. He was the absolute perfect casting for his role. Åkerman is dominating and pushy. Making small but recognizable appearances are Rich Sommer of Mad Men and Travis Schuldt of Scrubs. Also, be sure to look for a Breaking Bad cameo in the form of Bob Odenkirk.


Punch him in the motherfucking face.

The Giant Mechanical Man is a wonderful little romantic comedy. Full of heart and bits of awkwardness, it is a story that a lot of post-college “adults” can relate to.


3.9 out of 5.0


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