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Brigsby Bear (2017)

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Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story ... See full summary »

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Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself. Written by Brigsby Bear Productions

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief sexuality, drug material and teen partying | See all certifications »
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21 September 2017 (Australia)  »

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$39,652 (USA) (30 July 2017)

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$337,985 (USA) (20 August 2017)
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Following the world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017 at the Eccles theatre during the Q&A, the cast were asked what attracted them to the project. Mark Hamill talked about how much he liked the script and the originality of the story, but also joked: 'Also, I actually had lines. You know, that's always a bonus for me'. This is a reference to the fact that all of his lines were cut from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). See more »

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Spoofs Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985) See more »

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Odd and warm film, you'll love the bear and Kyle Mooney.
17 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Curiosity is an unnatural emotion." "Trust only the familial unit." Brigsby Bear

Such are the odd exhortations of a fictional bear, in a fictional TV program made especially for James (Kyle Mooney) by his abductor "father" (Mark Hamill), a successful toy inventor. After 25 years of a hermetically sealed environment, James is freed to discover a non-Brigsby world that cares not for eccentricity.

Brigsby Bear is a film full of charm, odd though it is, that reveals the sweet side of creativity with its difficulties and disappointments. Once James's real parents get him back after all those years, the process bleeding from the creativity and imagination he has been preparing for over the 25 years.

James's need to finish the Brigsby episodes, which have already given him a lifetime of perspective on bravery and eccentricity, makes his the alien initially until a chum of his sister begins to realize the genius behind the goofy TV show. The spirit of creativity catches on slowly with family and more rapidly for friends.

Mooney's work on Saturday Night Live sometimes acting as a child, along with first-time helmer Dave McCary, helps the hero keep a youthful point of view and an innocence that works well with the story's turn as a caution about persecuting outsiders before you know who they are and what stuff they are made of.

Perhaps the most singular virtue of this indie is lack of pretension and condescension about James's naiveté and creative gifts. It plays it all straight to salutary effect.


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