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      Big Words

      2013 1h 34m Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 79% Audience Score 100+ Ratings The members of a once-promising hip-hop group struggle with regret, disappointment and change on Election Night in 2008. Read More Read Less

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      Vanessa Martinez Shadow and Act Neil Drumming's Big Words is an engaging, entertaining and clever film about passion and nostalgia Aug 14, 2017 Full Review Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times Drumming is able to swing from lighter comedic moments to dramatic insights while making it seem effortless. Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 25, 2013 Full Review Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times "Big Words" explores weighty themes with a very light touch. Rated: 4/5 Jul 18, 2013 Full Review Stephen Saito Moveable Fest However, what's more impressive is how "Big Words" slips in major ideas about middle age, work, race, and gender politics into its narrative with ease. Nov 30, 2018 Full Review Michael Dequina The nuances and layers the actors bring to these complicated, all too real characters and dynamics between them speak far more loudly than any written or spoken word, no matter how big. Rated: 3/4 Aug 29, 2013 Full Review Kam Williams A poignant portrait of a very eventful day in the lives of a trio of African-Americans too self-absorbed to care about the fact that Barack Obama was about to win the Presidential Election that night. Rated: 3/4 Jul 20, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Am I coming with you or You taking me? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Unique physique. John, James, and Malik used to be part of a semi-successful rap group in New York in the 90s. Unfortunately, their internal arguments left the band disbanded. Their love for the industry has held up their lives in different ways, some emotionally, some professionally, and some both. When Obama is elected into office, hope arises within the African American culture and some feel this should inspire them to reunite. Will the group get back together or decide it is time to fully move on? "I always thought of Ice Cube as a cute, angry little bear." Neil Drumming, director of the short film Hi Res, delivers Big Words in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is just okay, as are the character interactions and script. The DJ's character was funny and entertaining at times, but the film is pretty average. The cast includes Dorian Missick, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Darien Sills-Evans, and Yaya DeCosta. "The black man is God, but the black man is also the sun." I grabbed this off Netflix because it looked like a unique independent film for the genre so I gave it a shot. This is a fairly straightforward movie with some interesting situations that the characters are put in. Overall, this is pretty average but worth a viewing. I'd watch this film once, as it does stimulate some thoughts for those in that situation, but this isn't worth adding to your DVD collection. "I didn't vote." Grade: C Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Few good scenes but couldn't make it's mind up on story, election reference was minimal. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member I've bitten off more than I can chew this month and just won't have the time to do a proper review of Big Words, but please take my word for it, it's a very tight script and genuinely funny, it deserves a wide-release. It's not about rap music, I was afraid of that too when I read the synopsis, that's just a background story element. It's about friendship, regrets and it's a love story. Here's a Q & A video (10:16) with writer/director Neil Drumming - Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Full of ideas on art, politics, relationships, and the construction of identity, it's that rare film in which black characters aren't amped-up caricatures. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis The members of a once-promising hip-hop group struggle with regret, disappointment and change on Election Night in 2008.
      Neil Drumming
      Lenny Payan, Matthew Keene Smith, Devin Williams
      Neil Drumming
      Production Co
      Twice Told Films
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 23, 2016
      1h 34m
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