Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1996. United Artists Pictures, Trilogy Entertainment Group, RCS, Majestic Films International, TRM. Story by Pen Densham, Garry Williams, Screenplay by Roy Blount Jr.. Cinematography by Elliot Davis. Produced by Pen Densham, Richard Barton Lewis, John Watson. Music by Miles Goodman. Production Design by Marcia Hinds. Costume Design by Jane Robinson. Film Editing by Sidney Levin.
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 (Janeane Garofalo, a hilarious Matthew McConaughey and a sexy cameo by Linda Fiorentino) and a gifted comedian for a star.