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Big Trouble (2002)

Tim Allen , Rene Russo , Barry Sonnenfeld  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci, Tom Sizemore, Johnny Knoxville
  • Directors: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Writers: Dave Barry, Matthew Stone, Robert Ramsey
  • Producers: Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Josephson, Chris Soldo, Graham Place
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADFN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Trouble" on IMDb

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Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Patrick Warburton, Janeane Garofalo. A Miami Herald columnist finds himself mixed up with hit men, cops and hippies all trying to find a metal suitcase containing a nuclear device. Based on humorist Dave Barry's first novel. 2002/color/85 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roll out the Cliche: Big Trouble = Big Laughs January 1, 2003
I haven't yet read the Dave Barry novel from which this movie was adapted, yet I enjoyed it very much. Tim Allen plays Eliot Arnold, a former pulitzer prize winning journalist that wrote satirical columns, much like Barry, but is finally fired for overreacting to an order from his editor. He finds himself divorced and stuck in an advertising job that he loathes. On top of that, he can't get the respect of his son.
Rene Russo plays Anna Herk, the house wife of an executive that is embezzeling money from his employer, which earns him the sights of assassins (Dennis Farina among them). Her daughter is targeted by Allen's watergun toting sun in a school game of 'assassin' in which everyone draws names and attempts to 'terminate' their victim. Everyone seems to show up at Herk's house at once and things get confusing.
Before you know it, two dimwits have stolen an atomic bomb, that resembles a garbage disposal, from some Russian arms dealers, and they get tangled up in the plot. Janene Garofalo and Patrick Warburton play unlikely partners with the Miami police department that tag along for the adventure. Throw in some goats, don't ask--just watch, and a call in show that taunts Florida Gator fans after the football team lost, and this makes for an unlikely funny comedy. Barry Sonenfeld, director, did a great job. I highly recommend it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the weak of humor May 31, 2003
Big Trouble (based on the novel by Dave Barry) has a fast-paced, complicated plot that works as well on screen as it does in print. The story is like a knot in a shoelace -- when you try to pull on it, you just end up with more knots. There's an advertising guy (Tim Allen) whose son (Ben Foster) is supposed to shoot a girl (Zooey Deschanel) with a squirt gun as a part of a game at school. Meanwhile, a pair of hit men (Jack Kehler and Dennis Farina) are after the girl's step-dad (Stanley Tucci) - and his wife (Rene Russo) couldn't care less. There's a man (Jason Lee) living in their tree house who works for two Russians who sell weapons to the step-dad. Two small-time crooks (Tom Sizemore and Johnny Knoxville) stumble over the deal and decide to get a piece of the action. And then a pair of cops (Janeane Garofalo and Patrick Warburton), a pair of FBI agents (Omar Epps and Heavy D), and a giant toad get thrown in for a little extra fun.
Big Trouble is a wonderfully goofy movie -- but what else would you expect from Dave Barry? Sure, some of the gags miss the mark a bit, but there are plenty more where those came from. Be warned -- this movie is not for the weak-humored. If you can't handle silliness, steer clear. If, however, you love the occasional downright goofiness, you're in for a treat.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Big Trouble" has big laughs January 12, 2003
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It was sheer bad luck that "Big Trouble" was supposed to be released right around the time of the September 11 attacks. And even afterwards, parts of it (about bombs on planes and airport security) just didn't seem that funny anymore. Even so, it's a hilarious slapstick ride (well duh, it's based on a Dave Barry book)
Eliot Arnold (Tim Allen) has a job he hates, a car his son Matt (Ben Foster) hates, and a loud obnoxious client that everyone hates. A bomb in a footlocker arrives in Miami, in a lowlife bar run by Russian arms dealers. (No I am not making this up) Meanwhile, a pair of assassins called Henry (Dennis Farina) and Leo (Jack Kehler) arrive in Miami to shoot a crooked embezzling foot-fetishist businessman called Arthur Herk (Stanley Tucci). Their assassination plot goes awry when Matt leaps out at Arthur's stepdaughter Jenny (Zooey Deschanel) with a squirt gun, and is promptly tackled by Jenny and her mom Anna (Rene Russo, in a peroxide-blonde wig).
Eliot and Anna immediately are attracted to one another. As Eliot tries to figure out his relationship with Matt, Arthur buys the bomb, but soon the two assassins, two street thugs trying to become kingpins, two deadpan FBI agents, an immigrant maid, a spacey homeless guy and two irritable cops are in the middle of a wild chase over a nuclear bomb. And Miami has about forty-five minutes left...
Confused? Oh yeah. This movie is far from simple, in a slapstick sort of way. The humor is unashamedly stupid, making fun of teens, dogs, hallucinogenic toads, goats, people who smoke a lot in restaurants, newspaper bosses, dumb street thugs, Miami in general, and airline security. (Somehow this last one isn't as funny as it used to be) They even get in a nod to the original author Dave Barry.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see crime comedy October 9, 2002
Well Big Trouble's release was heald back and when it was released it got some bad reviews. I think critics need their sense of humors checked out as this movie is the funniest movie of the year and has an excellent cast. I think it's one of the years best actually. It's stylist, story is well put together and the jokes are well thought out and delivered. Tim Allen I think has shown he's ready for a lot more challenging and much different roles, mean I'm starting to look at him more than just Tim the tool man Taylor. Besides him being good, Stanley Tucci, Tom Sizemore and Jason Lee are funny in supporting roles as well. Don't remember his name but the former star of the Tick is just hilarious, he should have a role in every comedy. ... Dennis Farina is in the movie too of course, ... Here he's a bit different though, he doesn't curse as much, haha, plus he's a bit more likeable too. Rene Russo is a good actress but here she doesn't have much to do, had a much better role in Get Shorty. Other than that there's a fine esamble cast that just work great together. I strongly recommend Big Trouble to anyone who needs a good laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love this movie!!! Although I am sure a lot of people probably pick it apart like they're Siskel and Ebert. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ray LaRose
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo funny
Better than the book! Lots of fun! I have this on VHS and had to have the DVD.
This film was to have been released in the fall of 2001, but because of the 9-11 acts of... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Marciann M. Madey
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It is "marginally acceptable".
Published 1 month ago by NECMI
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Entertaining Comedy
This movie is absolutely hilarious from beginning to end. Many major stars appeared, including some that do not normally play comic roles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Trouble is Big Fun
A cute little farce of a movie and suitable for all ages.
I liked the movie and the book equally.
Published 1 month ago by Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 1 month ago by JSivret504
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If this movie doesn't make you laugh you should have that depression liiked at by a pro.
Published 1 month ago by D. R. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Riot.
A laugh riot--really--one good joke after another. Lots of the bit characters are now famously recognizable.
Published 2 months ago by Richard Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie and love Dave Barry.
Published 2 months ago by S. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, funny, funny -
Hilariously funny. Not suitable for kids under 14 by my standards although I know people who have let their younger kids watch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joy Steadman
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