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  • Summary: A destitute Alaskan travel agent with a deranged wife finds the answer to his financial problems in the form of a get rich quick insurance scam involving a frozen body in the dumpster behind his office. Just a few things stand in his way -- a determined insurance investigator, an irateA destitute Alaskan travel agent with a deranged wife finds the answer to his financial problems in the form of a get rich quick insurance scam involving a frozen body in the dumpster behind his office. Just a few things stand in his way -- a determined insurance investigator, an irate sibling and two would be gangsters. (Ascendant Pictures) Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. 40
    Utterly implausible and clunkily directed. Rent "Fargo" instead.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Snowed under by misjudgment on every level, The Big White is DOA. Despite a cast that generally reads like an indie production's wish list, pic's tendency to liberally borrow from the Coen Brothers playbook of comic mayhem is exceeded only by its lack of sense of what's actually funny.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    40
    Ice-bound black comedy boasts strong cast for an indie but can't quite decide what it wants to be.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    30
    The clammy eccentricity on display -- is like a wet blanket, while Colin Friesen's lazy screenplay has all the wit of a slushball. "March of the Penguins" was funnier and edgier.
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  1. KarlK.
    Jun 23, 2006
    10
    Excellent Black Comedy full of sparkle set in beautiful Alaska, sharp cinemotograpy and a fine ensemble cast led by the wonderful Robin Excellent Black Comedy full of sparkle set in beautiful Alaska, sharp cinemotograpy and a fine ensemble cast led by the wonderful Robin Williams. This movie has been critically mauled by cynical reviewers who have had a sense of humour bypass. Highly Recommended. Expand
  2. ojt
    Mar 30, 2015
    10
    This film is so funny, that it's one of my dark comedy favorites. Holly Hunter is brilliant as the the mad wife with Tourettes desease, WoodyThis film is so funny, that it's one of my dark comedy favorites. Holly Hunter is brilliant as the the mad wife with Tourettes desease, Woody Harrelson is just amazingly funny, and so is Giovani Ribisi and Robin Williams. The film is very much underrated. The opening scene is just amazing, and then the fil goes on like a Fargo-style winter crime, just way funnier.
    Just loved it!
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  3. Jeff
    Mar 12, 2007
    9
    It takes awhile, but after the show, you will want to watch it again! and again. The humour isn't so much in your face as to the side It takes awhile, but after the show, you will want to watch it again! and again. The humour isn't so much in your face as to the side and behind you. You just have to look for it. Very well done. I love this show. Can't imagine why it was slammed by critics. They must be slaves to the "norm". This show steps outside the box. Well chosen music. perfect for this type of flick. Expand
  4. BobbieW.
    May 30, 2006
    8
    For an India film it was done well. The characters development was better then some of the other stuff out there today. Holly Hunter was For an India film it was done well. The characters development was better then some of the other stuff out there today. Holly Hunter was hilarious as she blurted out words that you only wish you could say if you were in her position. Over all funny. Great job for Mark Mylod's first full length film. Expand

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