Director: Lee Kirk
Stars: Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, Topher Grace, Malin Akerman, Rich Sommer, Lucy Punch, Bob Odenkirk
If more small-screen comedic actresses of Jenna Fischer’s caliber follow her lead and fund independent romantic comedies on par with The Giant Mechanical Man, cinematic date nights might actually be events to look forward to, rather than dread.
In this strange yet touching little love story, The Office star (who also serves as producer) plays a girl without any direction in life—she just lost her job, there’s no man to call her “lover,” and her well-off younger sister (Malin Akerman) keeps trying to set her up with a cornball self-help author and motivational speaker (Topher Grace). Enter a similarly aimless guy (Chris Messina) who's alone in the belief that his days spent motionlessly posing in public places as a robot are all for the betterment of “art.”
Once Fischer and Messina first cross paths, The Giant Mechanical Man follows the usual rom-com paths, only here their unlikely leading man/woman charms generate plenty of likeability.
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