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Brigsby Bear (2017)

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After being freed from his life in an underground bunker, a man sets out to make a movie of the only TV show he has ever known.


Dave McCary


Kevin Costello (screenplay by), Kyle Mooney (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Mooney ... James Pope
Mark Hamill ... Ted Mitchum
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. ... Spencer (as Jorge Lendeborg)
Matt Walsh ... Greg Pope
Michaela Watkins ... Louise Pope
Ryan Simpkins ... Aubrey Pope
Greg Kinnear ... Detective Vogel
Alexa Demie ... Merideth
Beck Bennett ... Detective Bander
Claire Danes ... Emily
Chance Crimin Chance Crimin ... Logan
Jane Adams ... April Mitchum
Andy Samberg ... Eric
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Arielle Smiles
James Anthony Green ... Police Officer


Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself. Written by Brigsby Bear Productions

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief sexuality, drug material and teen partying | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Following the world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017 at the Eccles theatre during the Q&A, the cast were asked what attracted them to the project. Mark Hamill talked about how much he liked the script and the originality of the story, but also joked: 'Also, I actually had lines. You know, that's always a bonus for me'. This is a reference to the fact that all of his lines were cut from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). See more »


James Pope: I've been an outlaw ever since I came into this world.
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Spoofs Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985) See more »


Us Against the Wall
Written by Tom Ljungqvist, Jonas Engdahl and Henrik Ljungqvist
Performed by Join the Riot
Courtesy of Silo Music
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Absolutely blew me away
6 January 2018 | by andyroo54See all my reviews

I'm still teary from the last few minutes of the movie, did not think it would be this emotional.

Kyle Mooney is so incredibly subtle with his acting that if you haven't seen much of his previous work, I'm positive most of the parts I was laughing out loud at, you would probably be wondering what was so funny. He is a fantastic character actor and he really pulls off a new subtle character in James, which is kind of an amalgamation of his most well known characters from his Youtube skit days, perhaps a little more naive than normal.

There wasn't a weak actor in the entire film, but besides Mooney I would give special praise to Mark Hamill, although he only has a few scenes on camera, his presence is felt throughout the entire movie, through his voicing of Brigsby etc. I actually thought Hamill was better used here than in "The Last Jedi"..

I'm not much of a critic, I can't summarise exactly what I loved about the movie very well. I will say though that the movie is superbly bitter sweet, mostly sweet, endearing and charming. And of course, absolutely hilarious, but as above, you may need either repeat viewings or be an already established fan of Mooneys work.

Finally want to mention Dave McCary. Dave and Kyle are the perfect pairing. I absolutely loved their Youtube skits and even that amazing Instagram series they made (it's called the "D and K podcast", look it up). For his first feature length film, there is no way you would be able to tell. The movie is very well directed, I tend to pay attention to how a movie is shot, put together etc, but with this it was always characters first, which I think is a great strength.

This movie is inspirational. I can't wait to see what these guys come up with next.

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Release Date:

21 September 2017 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigsby Bear See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,652, 30 July 2017

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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