Brigsby Bear

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Brigsby Bear
Brigsby Bear.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dave McCary
Produced by
Written by
Music by David Wingo
Cinematography Christian Sprenger
Edited by Jacob Craycroft
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • January 23, 2017 (2017-01-23) (Sundance)
  • July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Brigsby Bear is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Dave McCary, and stars Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear and Andy Samberg. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017, it is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics.


James Pope was kidnapped from a hospital as a baby and since childhood all the way to adulthood has known nothing about the world except Brigsby Bear, a children's show character fabricated by his kidnapper parents. One day, James is rescued and brought out into the real world where he learns that Brigsby Bear is not a real children's show. Confused and baffled by these turn of events, James sets out to make a Brigsby Bear movie to show the world what he has learned.[1]



On June 9, 2016, the Utah Film Commission put out a press release announcing that six films had been granted incentives to film in the state. One of the films was Brigsby Bear, a film directed by Dave McCary and starring Kyle Mooney, two members of the Good Neighbor sketch comedy group. The film was co-written by Mooney and Kevin Costello,[2] it was later reported that other cast members would include Claire Danes, Andy Samberg, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Michaela Watkins, Matt Walsh, and Beck Bennett (another member of Good Neighbor).[3][4] As of August 18, 2016, Brigsby Bear was filmed in Salt Lake City.[5]


The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017.[6][7] Shortly after, Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights to the film,[8] it is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017.

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 91% based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10,[9] on Metacritic, the film has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 8 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]


  1. ^ Korey Coleman (April 27, 2017). "The Movie Review Extravaganza - 4-27-17". Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Utah Film Commission Selects Six New Projects for Incentives". Utah Film Commission. June 9, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ Wright, Megh (July 13, 2016). "Kyle Mooney to Write and Star in ‘Brigsby Bear’ Directed by Dave McCary". Splitsider. 
  4. ^ Roffman, Michael (July 14, 2016). "Kyle Mooney’s first Good Neighbor film has one hell of a supporting cast". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Mark Hamill spotted in Salt Lake City for ‘Brigsby Bear’". On Location Vacations. August 18, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ "2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: COMPETITION AND NEXT LINEUP ANNOUNCED". Sundance Film Festival. November 29, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Brigsby Bear". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 26, 2017). "Sony Pictures Classics Pays $5M For ‘Brigsby Bear:’ Sundance". Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
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