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A road trip to see weird large tourist attractions is the cover for a boyfriend worried about settling down in “Big Significant Things.”

A road trip to see weird large tourist attractions is the cover for a boyfriend worried about settling down in “Big Significant Things.”

Did you know Oxford has one of the largest cedar buckets in the world? The city held the title after the Murfreesboro bucket burned down, up until it was rebuilt. Other fun facts: Gulfport has the largest rocking chair in the world, and one of six of the world's largest frying pans is in North Carolina.

Those are just a few things you learn when watching Bryan Reisberg's film, "Big Significant Things." You also learn that the main character is a sissy when it comes to dealing with relationship issues.

The entire film focuses on Craig, played by English actor Harry Lloyd, and his road trip around the south. Craig is getting ready to buy a house in San Francisco with his long-time girlfriend Allison, and as far as she knows, he's taking a road trip for his advertising job. The truth, though, is that he's trying to sneak in his last bit of freedom before settling down.

Craig travels to towns such as Oxford, Raymond, Gulfport, Jackson and Rose Hill, N.C. He gets to buy a replica of the world's biggest rocking chair at Dedeaux Furniture Factory in Gulfport. But everywhere he goes, he's reminded of the woman waiting for him in San Francisco.

He's scared. Buying a house, or even renting an apartment together, is a huge step for any couple. This trip is his way of acting out, his way of hiding from reality. He keeps the facade up of the good boyfriend who just has to finish his job before meeting Allison and her parents in California.

His road trip through cities and scenic places in the south provides a good backdrop for the film. While Craig is agonizing about the inevitability of settling down, Mississippi viewers get to see familiar places, making the film even more powerful.

"Big Significant Things" screens at 7 p.m. April 4 on Screen A.

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