Brigsby Bear

Brigsby Bear

Brigsby Bear

Dramedy starring Saturday Night Live's Kyle Mooney, trying to integrate into society after decades spent being raised in isolation and on hundreds of episodes of a TV show - Brigsby Bear Adventures - that no-one else seems to have ever seen. Co-stars Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, Greg Kinnear and Matt Walsh.

"James (Mooney) has lived in a bunker for 25 years, completely isolated from the world. His only contact is with his parents (Mark Hamill and Jane Adams), and his only source of entertainment and education is the '80s-style television show 'Brigsby Bear Adventures'. James's life is drastically changed when he leaves the bunker and has to integrate into society: a task for which he is completely unprepared. Most disturbing of all, James can no longer watch his beloved TV show. In order to make sense of his life, James will need to bring Brigsby Bear back into it." (Sydney Film Festival)

2017Rating: M, Sex scenes, offensive language & drug use100 minsUSA
Drama

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Brigsby Bear / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

“Sheltered, unconventionally-raised, man-child encounters the real world” may seem like an overworn idea, but Brigsby Bear finds fresh gold to mine, largely by avoiding unnecessary whimsy. That’s not to suggest its complete absence, especially given the adoration James Pope (Kyle Mooney) has for a long-running TV show only he’s ever seen – Brigsby Bear Adventures - and his attendant fandom that extends to bedsheets, apparel and playsets. But the film is very much on Pope’s side, rather than subjecting him to ridicule or turning him into a one-note oddball character.

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Variety

Variety

Rather than milking the outre premise for broad comedy, everyone involved strives to keep the characters and situations grounded and warm.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Brigsby Bear's strongest asset (well, after the gobs of in-universe verbiage that come spilling from James' mouth) is Kyle Mooney's extraordinary performance.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Best not to think about it too hard and just go along for the ride while enjoying Mooney's excellent comic timing and film's loopier notions.

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Stuff

Stuff

...a gentle, pure-hearted delight of a film, with a winning idea as its core, which unassumingly impresses as one of the best films of 2017.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Mooney is the main reason to see Brigsby Bear, the sort of indie dramedy that wears its on-the-spectrum quirk on its sleeve.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

This is a heartfelt and colourful antidote to popcorn-cinema fatigue.

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Newshub

Newshub

Brigsby Bear is certainly unexpected and more than just a little bit gorgeous.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A charming, surprisingly underplayed paean to pop-culture obsession.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Brigsby Bear is an empty exercise, a twee celebration of immaturity…

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Collider

Collider

It's difficult not to get wrapped up in the childlike sweetness on display. The movie is incredibly funny and a little weird, but it's always endearing.

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