World's Largest | Chicago Reader

World's Largest

This ironic documentary about the outsize statues erected by small towns to draw tourists is about as stimulating as a drive along the interstate. Directors Amy C. Elliott and Elizabeth Donius present an array of giant plants, animals, birds, fish, and even insects (Hidalgo, Texas, hosts the world’s largest killer bee), but the documentary sounds only two bland thematic notes: celebration of Americana and lament over a passing way of life (many of the towns are dying economically). If siphoning motor traffic is what these people are all after, a ten-story beer bottle might be a better lure.



  • Elizabeth Donius
  • Amy Elliott

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