Jerry And Marge Go Large Movie Review, Nazpti

Movie Review 

Jerry And Marge Go Large tells the true story of Michigan retiree Jerry Selby (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Marge (Annette Bening) who discover a mathematical loophole that leads to their big winnings in the state lottery.

  After their first win, the two went on to buy thousands of lottery tickets to support their own needs and those of people in their small-town communities. Their extraordinary efforts earn them many local supporters, but when several Harvard kids decide to interfere with their game, Jerry makes a difficult decision about his opportunistic venture. 

 That’s the synopsis of David Frankel’s feel-good movie, a fairly charming tale elevated by Cranston and Bening’s spirited performances. Jerry and Marge’s story is quite enjoyable, even if the logic behind their gambling spree is a little fuzzy. I don’t know how close the movie is to the truth, but if you’re looking for something undemanding to watch on a wet Saturday afternoon, it’s adequate entertainment for the most part.

Lacks Dramatic Thrust 

  However, the film lacks dramatic thrust. Aside from Selby’s occasional encounter with two plucky Harvard students, there’s not much to raise the stakes here. The couple’s too-good-to-be-true scheme is actually legal, so there’s no problem with the lottery board or the law.

 Instead, the bulk of the film revolves around Jerry and Marge traveling to their various out-of-state towns to buy and count tickets. There are some fun moments when they get into a few minor difficulties, but overall the plot of this movie is quite unusual.

  Still, it’s fairly good-natured, so despite the lack of tension, there’s still a small amount of enjoyment to be had watching Jerry and Marge chase lottery machines across the country. After being separated due to Jerry’s work circumstances, it’s nice to see them bond as they bond over their various victories. 

 They don’t manipulate the game because they want to get rich, but they do it so they can spend more time in each other’s company. Even if the morality of their actions is a bit questionable, it’s actually pretty sweet. 


 Unfortunately, outside of Rainn Wilson’s stonemason shop, there are few other characters in the story as compelling as Jerry and Marge. Most of the people we meet fit the stereotypes and are written very thinly. That’s not a big deal, since we’re mostly meant to be invested in the lives of the film’s central couple.

  But the overall story could be improved if we knew more about the people in the Selbee community and their financial struggles. Instead, we learn that the townspeople want to raise money for the annual Jazz Festival, which doesn’t seem like the best use of the thousands of pounds they end up raising. I know it’s based on a true story, but more creative license could have been used to invent characters with more pressing financial needs.


 Frankel’s direction is competent enough, but it never comes across as theatrical. It has the look and feel of a TV movie, so it’s no surprise that it was decided to land on the Paramount+ streaming service so quickly. To this extent, a better title might have been ‘Jerry and Marge Go Small’, because despite the elaborate scheme Jerry dreams up, it’s definitely a film that feels small-scale.


The End

In the end, it’s a pretty straightforward film, saved by Cranston and Bening, who do their best to pull the script out of its occasional pitfalls. There’s some fun to be had during the action, especially during the scene where Jerry wanders Harvard to eliminate upstarts trying to thwart his money-making scheme. But it never quite works as it should, so while the film isn’t bad, it’s not something you should gamble on if you want a story with any emotional impact.

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