LARGER THAN LIFE (1996 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Larger than Life could have been top-of-the-line comedy due to its basically good concept; but the script dialogue does not support the Bill Murray comedy style and the film, without intention, takes on a certain darkness that is almost depressing as the main character attempts to find a circus elephant a good home. The film does not wind down well to its final scenes and seems unbelievable as an elephant loads on an outbound plane without proper health release papers in place. The conclusion seems bluntly cut short as if needing to meet a time or budget restriction or as if rewritten to suit a certain desired aim never originally intended for the story.

Storyline

Motivational speaker Jack Corcoran (Bill Murray) inherits a circus elephant.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Howard Franklin for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Sue Baden Powell, Guy East, and Wolfgang Glattes for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Vernon the Human Blockhead (Pat Hingle), Vernon’s Wife, Lulana (Lois Smith), Event Coordinator (Jerry Adler), Richie (Richard Alan Baker), Man in Audience (Richie Allan), Pyramid Woman (Kimberly Thornton), Mom (Anita Gillette), Celeste (Maureen Mueller), Walter (Jeremy Piven), Matthew (Alex Neiwerth), Party Guest (Alfa Betty Olsen), and Receptionist (Carrie Houk).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. A better choice for overall entertainment within the ‘animal interacting with human storyline’ is Paulie.

Ben Meyers

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