Michael Sauter
May 02, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Larger Than Life

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
93 minutes
performer
Linda Fiorentino, Janeane Garofalo, Bill Murray, Matthew McConaughey
director
Howard Franklin
author
Roy Blount Jr.
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

Giving wise-guy Bill Murray an elephant for a foil sounds like the recipe for an antic romp. But Murray plays it low-key as a second-rate motivational speaker who inherits the pachyderm from his circus-clown dad, then hauls the beast cross-country to sell it to a zoo. An amiable road movie (albeit with a manic detour featuring Matthew McConaughey as a motormouthed trucker from hell), Larger Than Life was underwhelming as a multiplex experience. In your living room, where it needn’t live up to its title, it ambles along nicely. Don’t look for a lot of bull-in-the-china-shop belly laughs; do expect a warmer, wittier family film than largely dismissive reviews suggested. B

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