The Big Bounce
In this comedy caper based on the novel by crime-fiction writer Elmore Leonard, Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) is a beach bum, small-time thief and con artist. Fresh out of a local jail in Hawaii, Jack catches the eye of Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster), an attractive young blond with a lot of energy and an aptitude for hooking up with men who are up to no good. She also happens to be the girlfriend of Jack’s former boss. The two hit it off immediately, breaking into a house and a yacht while skinny-dipping, but the big score is yet to come. Nancy has a plan to steel $200,000 from Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise), a wealthy developer and the owner of the company Jack worked for before he hit the foreman with a baseball bat. Jack gets a job with Walter (Morgan Freeman), a district judge and beachside resort owner, whose interests are also divided. Now Jack has to decide if this caper is worth the risk and if he can really trust his new, cute partner.
This is definitely not a good-versus-evil film since there are no good guys. Even the authorities are corrupt. The hero is a thief and a womanizer who throughout the film does not change his ways, and the film is written to get the audience cheering for him. Except for a few scenic views of Hawaii and a beautiful sunset, this film has little redeeming value. Due to the bad language, sexuality and overall bad morals, Dove cannot award the Dove Seal to “The Big Bounce.”