Jerry and Marge Go Large is a 2022 American comedy-drama movie directed by David Frankel and written by Brad Copeland. Based on a 2018 HuffPost article of the same name by Jason Fagon, the movie stars Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening.
It’s a sweet concept with a shaky execution – is our review of “Jerry and Marge Go Large.” Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening create some magic on screen with their pairing. The movie tells the story of Jerry, a retired factory worker who uses his mathematical skills to win the lottery again and again. His wife and the entire town join him in this effort and use their earnings to improve the place.
A sweet concept that felt really disconnected at times. What kept us going throughout the 1.5-hour running time was definitely Bryan Cranston’s dedication to his character and just the overall cuteness of the couple. Now, know about Jerry and Marge Go Large.
Jerry and Marge Go Large: Synopsis
The story of “Jerry and Marge Go Large” begins with Jerry Selbee leaving his job as a factory worker after 42 years of service. His work consisted mainly of removing inconsistencies in the process and improving the efficiency of the system. But unlike the others, Jerry is not looking forward to retirement. At first, we think it’s because he doesn’t know what to do with himself afterward, but as we slowly discover, the reason is more complicated.
The one thing Jerry has always been able to understand without error is numbers, and he’s been doing them all his life. Now that those numbers are taken away from him, he has to start understanding people, something he was never good at. And that scares him. So, in one of his brooding phases, he comes across the game Winfall and reads the fine print on it. When he discovers a loophole in the game, a mathematician starts growling at him and uses it to make a lot of money.
At first, he tries to hide it, but Marge catches him. He tells her that it made him feel stupid and that’s why he kept quiet. But Marge is happy. Her, she always wanted to spend time with her husband and wanted something in common between the two of them to help her understand the love she felt for him. She waited until she retired so she could have that time. But even that came with its hiccups. So when she discovered his lottery habit, not only did she find common ground with her husband, but it also satisfied that part of her that craved adventure.
In one of the scenes, we learn that Marge and Jerry got married when they were 17 years old with the money Jerry was supposed to use to take her to the prom. Obviously, this meant they had to take on the responsibilities of a family very early on and not give them enough time and space to explore their own relationship and youth. The lottery was their lost chance.
Jerry and Marge bond and start playing more and more. They decide to use the money to bring back the jazz festival their town was known for. In fact, the two go a step further and start a company just to play the lottery, with people from all over town as shareholders. The money Jerry makes revitalizes the town by helping people find purpose.
Even though it was so far, so good, we couldn’t help but wonder why a man with a brain like Jerry was just a factory worker all his life. He certainly could have done more. The movie should explain that. Also, there’s a point where his son says he’s seen Jerry get pushed around all his life. But from what we saw, Jerry, though a mild-mannered man, was respected and loved by his friends and family.
So we found the sentence a bit out of place. And our biggest thing about the movie is how they handled the character of Marge. We thought Hollywood had started to move away from the trope of the woman who was there to help the man along the way? But we guess it’s hard to leave your comfort zone, even if her name is literally in the movie’s title.
Jerry And Marge Go Large Ending Explained: What Happened At The End?
We know that in addition to Jerry, Tyler, a student at Harvard, also came to the loophole. But unlike Jerry and Marge, he is more selfish and wants to win money to prove himself right and get out of his father’s shadow. He is ruthless in the way he assigns people to work on his plan without actually benefiting them.
When he tries to eliminate Jerry from the competition, the latter, with all the wisdom of his years, drops the truth bomb that Tyler is doing this because he has no one. And he will never do either unless he begins to think of others. When Tyler’s friends realize this, they opt out of his plan and leave Tyler to carry out his operation on his own.
On the other hand, the reporter follows Jerry and Marge’s story, and after finding out what’s going on, she’s amazed that they’re doing it for the good of their town without resorting to anything illegal. But her editor forbids her from fluffing, forcing her to write a scathing piece about exploiting a loophole in the lottery. As salvation, he uses Tyler’s name and photo instead of Jerry’s.
This leads to Tyler being forced to leave the university and being driven home by his father. The lottery is also closed and Jerry can’t buy the last tickets. But he is in for a surprise. The town bought out the jazz festival and as a gift to Jerry, everyone placed bets in every store and bought the last tickets, meaning everyone could win one last big win, which they did. So Jerry and Marge, along with the entire town, win the final lottery. “Jerry and Marge Go Large.”
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