Larger Than Life (1996)

HOWARD FRANKLIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

USA, 1996.  United Artists Pictures, Trilogy Entertainment Group, RCS, Majestic Films International, TRM.  Story by , , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Pen Densham, , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Silly comedy about a man who loses his emotional barriers by befriending an elephant (yes, that’s right, an elephant). Bill Murray plays an overworked self-help guru who unwittingly inherits a pachyderm from his late circus performer father and has to find a way to transport it halfway across the country without destroying everything in the giant creature’s path.  Animal lovers will enjoy it (I myself have elephants in the number one slot of my Favourite Animals list), but beyond its novelty appeal the film is just another Disney feelgood panderer with some charming supporting performances (, a hilarious Matthew McConaughey and a sexy cameo by ) and a gifted comedian for a star.

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