The Big Empty
The Big Empty (2003)

A guy looking for easy money gets a lot more than he bargained for in this noir-flavored independent comedy. John Person (Jon Favreau) is a struggling actor living in Los Angeles who is starting to buckle under the pressure of his own… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The Big Empty is much more a romantic fable than Swingers, the singles comedy that established Favreau but has a similarly jovial, unpretentious charm.

Christopher Null

If any film is destined to find a cult audience on DVD, it's The Big Empty.

Carlo Cavagna

Some may praise The Big Empty as a poor man's David Lynch-meets-The X-Files, but it's more of a starving homeless man's David Lynch-meets-The X-Files.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

More amiable than laugh-out-loud funny.

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Todd Gilchrist

Thanks to Favreau, even the film's most ridiculous detours carry a certain plausibility; he shines his indignities on and perseveres, and we can't help but sympathize.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I found the sicko humor enjoyable enough.

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Anderson squanders the setting's potential and a cast of indie-movie all-stars in his muddled and weak feature.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
A quirky alien abduction comedy thriller (when was the last time you saw one of those?), this film was full of "woowoo" moments. Great cast and… More
Brendan Nicholls
odd and surreal, one of the better post swingers film for its lead. full of oddball characters and strange plot developments.
Nick Grimm
A suitcase and a bowling ball bag along with a cast of off kilter characters including an aspring actor, a lolita and her jealous boyfriend, an FBI agent, a… More