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Running Time:
1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
ffor thematic elements, brief sexuality, drug material and teen partying

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A sweet and sometimes delightful melancholic story of a lonely man saved by imagination and love.

Additional Info:
Mark Hamill ... Ted Mitchum
Claire Danes ... Emily
Kyle Mooney ... James Pope
Greg Kinnear ... Detective Vogel
Andy Samberg ... Eric
Christopher Sullivan ... FBI Agent
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. ... Spencer
Chris Provost ... Prison Guard
yan Simpkins ... Aubrey Pope
Jane Adams ... April Mitchum
Ashlyn Brooke Anderson ... Wizzle Prince
Beck Bennett ... Detective Bander
Kami Christiansen ... Nurse

Brigsby Bear'
The story opens on some film about a Teddy bear that’s almost the height of Harvey the invisible Rabbit, an animal that may be too tall and weird to be huggable especially since this Teddy presumes to teach his viewers that “curiosity is an unnatural emotion.” (Sounds like good advice to cats, at least.)  James Pope (Kyle Mooney) memorizes each episode like today’s fanboys for Star Trek, taking charge of a forum to blog on the show.  The 25-year-old James, however, though a happy guy, is being unknowingly kept in a bunker by his alleged parents Ted Hope (Mark Hamill) and April (Jane Adams), hidden him away from the outside world. 
When the good-natured adults are busted in an FBI raid, James is befriended by Detective Vogel (Greg Kinnear), who introduces James to his biological parents Greg Pope (Matt Walsh) and Louise (Michaela Watkins). Though his sister Aubrey (Ryan Simpkins) is embarrassed by James’s dorkiness, he makes friends at a party especially with the super-hip Spencer (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.). connecting with them over discussions on making new episodes.  He gradually becomes assimilated into the real world.
Thematically, Brigsby Bear is about the creative impulse, as not only does a group of young people succeed in making this new movie, but most significantly, Detective Vogel, who appeared in his earlier days in theater in characterizations such as that of Prospero in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” reignites that spirit to take on a role in the new episode.
Director Dave McCary and writers Kevin Costello and Kyle Mooney succeed in presenting to the movie audience an ode to both creativity and to the movie industry itself, but this film would not have been the success it hopes to be without the terrific work of the whole ensemble, each member of which gets more or less fifteen minutes of fame. Brigsby Bear was filmed in Salt Lake City and is graced by some magical visual effects, particularly in the opening scenes.

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