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GIGANTIC (A TALE OF TWO JOHNS)

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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
102 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/23/03
director:
A.J. Schnack
distributor:
Cowboy Pictures
genre:
Documentary, musical

We gave it a C+

An unintentionally funny fanzine-flavored documentary about They Might Be Giants, the indie-rock duo that has spent 20 years flitting along the line between the cult and the mainstream. The two bandmates, John Flansburgh and John Linnell, are Ur-ironic geeks who springboarded off the faux-naif ditty rock of Jonathan Richman to do some infectious ditties of their own. That’s neither a small accomplishment nor, perhaps, a major one, but if you thought that the party-down metalheads in The Decline of Western Civilization II were full of themselves, just wait until you enter the echo chamber of whimsical egomania that is alt-rock attitude.