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  • Summary: Andrew’s (David Krumholtz) mom has just died of cancer. It hits him hard and his closest friends worry about his sanity. When Andrew and his girlfriend Hannah (Melanie Lynskey), invite everyone to spend a week in Joshua Tree to celebrate Andrew’s birthday, the friends rally around them. The first night goes well until Andrew announces that he’s figured out how to cure his depression-- by sleeping with all of them at the same time. His friends are not psyched. Andrew doesn’t know that Dave (Zachary Knighton) has just proposed to Zoe (Ahna O'Reilly), and that Owen (Jason Ritter) and Emily (Gillian Jacobs) are on the rocks, and that Hannah is about to break. Andrew sets off a week of communal catharsis, highlighted by the crazy desert lifers who call Joshua Tree home. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 3, 2014
    60
    Though their resolution is a little too neat to be believed, the filmmakers' way with their cast makes this debut a promising one.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 30, 2014
    50
    The array of TV veterans assembled for the film don’t necessarily do anything wrong, and their charisma sometimes translates from small screen to big, but, as is so often the case with the indie dramedy, an unrealistic script lets down a talented cast.
  3. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    May 28, 2014
    40
    There’s little sense that these people are friends for any reason besides the script saying so, and the contrasts between the three relationships produce no real insight in this hollow, irritating drama.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 29, 2014
    30
    Self-conscious, tonally uncertain and thematically vague, The Big Ask is a premise in search of a movie, one that co-directors Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman never quite find.
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  1. Jun 4, 2014
    4
    The Big Ask provokes some edgy thoughts amongst teens, it could've delivered something behind that "inappropriate question" a moral for all ages. Despite, it just turns out to be a cheap, raunchy comedy wanna be with a lot of "spiritual" unexplainable scenes and thoughts that all just turn out to be flat. Not that funny! Collapse

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