I was hoping you could clarify something for me–well actually, a bunch of us from Leonard Maltin’s film class at USC have the same question. One of our potential midterm questions asks: “John August commented that Big Fish differed from typical family films in one specific way. What was the difference he spoke about?”

Nobody seems to have a specific answer to that question; could you please help us out? I realize that your time is precious but I would really appreciate if you could give me the briefest of responses so I don’t fail!

Los Angeles

Honestly, I might get this wrong as well. But I suspect I said that most movies about families have the big blow-out argument at the end. In BIG FISH, the only argument is at the start of the movie.

Good luck on the test.