Brigsby Bear

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Brigsby Bear
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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, and was released on July 28, 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics.


James Pope lives in an underground home with his parents Ted and April Mitchum. Forced to stay underground by his parents, James' only connection with the outside world is an educational children's show called Brigsby Bear. James is obsessed with the show, owning every cassette, and several pieces of memorabilia. One night, while sneaking out to hang out on the roof, James sees several police cars approach the home and is taken away from Ted and April, who are arrested.

James is then brought to the police station and meets Detective Vogel, who has been working on James' case. Vogel informs James that Ted and April are not his real parents, and that he has been held captive ever since he was a baby, he also informs James that Brigsby Bear is not real, and was entirely made up by the Mitchums, with Vogel explaining that they found Ted at the studio where the show is made. Vogel then introduces James to his real parents, Greg and Louise Pope, and their teenage daughter Aubrey, as they try to introduce James to his new life, he cannot stop thinking about Brigsby Bear not being real.

One night, Aubrey takes James to a party, he then starts talking about Brigsby Bear to his new friends and comes up with the idea to make a movie based on the character to close the series. Spencer, Aubrey's friend who is also a filmmaker, agrees to make the movie with him, after Vogel lends James the props from the show, he begins to make his movie. Spencer also starts uploading episodes of Brigsby Bear to YouTube, where it becomes a smash hit, generating a new audience to the show and buzz for the movie. Greg and Louise do not approve of James' activities, as it hinders his chances of living a normal life.

While filming in the forest, James uses an explosive he made that detonates and causes a small fire, surprising Spencer, the group is arrested but James takes the blame for it. Following a recommendation from Emily, the family's psychiatrist, James is placed in a mental institution. Meanwhile, Aubrey shows her parents parts of the movie, where the two realize that making the movie has been making James happy and has been helping him live a normal life. One night James breaks out of the institution to return home and grab some belongings but discovers his family, along with Spencer and Vogel, building a Brigsby Bear set in their garage and tell him after seeing how happy he is making the movie, they have agreed to help out as well.

James later visits Ted, who is now in jail (along with April) for the kidnapping. James tells Ted about the movie and how it is missing the most crucial part; the Brigsby voice. Ted agrees to record the voice of Brigsby and James finishes the movie, on premiere night, the show is sold out and James is worried that no one will like it and stays out of the theatre while the movie plays. When James walks back into the room, he is met with a standing ovation. Happy that the film is a success, James looks over to the stage, he sees Brigsby waving goodbye and disappears.



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,[1] as of August 18, 2016, Brigsby Bear was filmed in Salt Lake City.[2]


Brigsby Bear at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017.[3][4] Shortly after, Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights to the film,[5] it is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017.

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 80% based on 75 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Audiences attuned to Brigsby Bear's strange frequency will be moved by its earnest – and endearingly original – approach to pop culture's impact and the creative urge."[6] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 68 out of 100, based on 30 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]


  1. ^ "Utah Film Commission Selects Six New Projects for Incentives". Utah Film Commission. June 9, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Mark Hamill spotted in Salt Lake City for ‘Brigsby Bear’". On Location Vacations. August 18, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ "2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: COMPETITION AND NEXT LINEUP ANNOUNCED". Sundance Film Festival. November 29, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Brigsby Bear". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 26, 2017). "Sony Pictures Classics Pays $5M For ‘Brigsby Bear:’ Sundance". Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
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