I absolutely love movies about underdogs and people unsure of themselves. I can relate to that stuff more than most things in my life.
I actually have been watching this film non-stop, every day, for about 2 weeks. I do this with movies sometimes. Especially when I’m working on other projects at the same time, such as my current YouTube tutorials about Reaper and random MIDI controllers (see here, if you are interested in midi / music production things).
Bigger Than The Sky is a 2005 indie film, directed by Al Corley (his first film as director) and written by Rodney Patrick Vaccaro.
It stars little-known character actor Marcus Thomas as Peter Rooker, who doesn’t get top billing in the film, even though it’s completely his story. The bigger names which help sell the film include John Corbett (Northern Exposure and a million other things), Amy Smart (Just Friends, Butterfly Effect, etc), and mother and son Patty Duke and Sean Astin, respectively.
The film centers around a guy (Thomas) who just got dumped… and who is completely unsure of himself and his place in the world. He keeps noticing the local community theatre in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, since he walks past it every day to and from his mundane job as graphics designer, and notices they’re doing auditions for their upcoming play, Cyrano De Bergerac, by French playwright Edmond Rostand.
He auditions (terribly), mostly to meet some new people, do something new and fun, but ultimately auditions to try and get himself over his breakup.
He thinks he won’t get a part in the play, but the director Edwina casts him as the lead role, and he is completely unprepared for it, since we just wanted a small part as someone in the back with no lines.
Despite his slow, emotionless reading, terrible acting, and dull personality, he befriends experienced theatre actor Michael (Corbett) and his semi-girlfriend Grace (Smart), who he is in an open relationship with. Grace and Michael take to him, as they find him nice, and possibly an actor with potential.
But, Peter does so badly… that the director has to bring in pompous douchebag Ken Zorbell (Astin), as a backup, because she and the entire cast knows that Peter’s acting isn’t cutting it.
But then some twists of fate occur… including a conflict with Ken, the pompous douche. Further, a random conversation takes place with inspiring theatre director Kippy (the ever-awesome Allen Corduner). Peter might just have to step WAY up at the last minute, on opening night. Can he pull it off? Ultimately, can he find himself?
I just love this film with all my heart! It isn’t an A+ film like The Shawshawnk Redemption, or Good Will Hunting. But it’s certainly watchable (and very much rewatchable). The acting is very good, the score and the film’s songs are totally perfect for all scenes, and it’s just a feel-good movie.
As a person who has always wanted to take drama in high school (but never did), and a person who has loved musicals, plays, and theatre my entire life, I feel that this film fills a void for me, in a lot of ways. If this pandemic ever ends or gets under control, I’d love to do some community theatre, just for the experience of being part of something special, and make some new friends.
Thanks Al Corley, Rodney Patrick Vaccaro, the cast, and everyone involved in this film. Despite its low ratings and critical bashing, I love it, and feel it deserves a solid spot in the Underrated Films section of my site.
Thanks for reading. Check out this film. And also, wear your mask. Lastly, be excellent and kind to each other, always.
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