Owen Gleiberman
June 06, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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