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Big Trouble (2002)

Tim Allen , Rene Russo , Barry Sonnenfeld  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADFN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,838 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roll out the Cliche: Big Trouble = Big Laughs January 1, 2003
Format:DVD
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the weak of humor May 31, 2003
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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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16 of 19 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see crime comedy October 9, 2002
By Jim
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny.
Came out right around 9/11. Did not get the big play it should have. Too bad, it is funny. Recommended
Published 1 day ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY
One of those movies that leaves the whole family with catch phrases which apparently will be used FOREVER and make us all laugh every time they are remembered. Read more
Published 2 days ago by El Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cast and great comedy
We enjoyed it very much and it is part of my comedy DVD collection. I bring it up every noww and then when we need a good laugh.
Published 7 days ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Trouble with Tim Allen
The movie has some funny comedic moments, however, there is way too much bad language and brief nudity that ruins it. Wish there was some way to edit it. Thanks.
Published 11 days ago by CCT
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Trouble delivers non-stop laughter
Great movie to see anytime. The constant action, romance and great dialogue are the brilliant aspects of this movie. I have watched it over a dozen times.
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars go to funny movie
Always a blast and fun to revisit! Clearly silly with traces of witty lines that can be repeated often, hurray.
Published 20 days ago by Tamken
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Trouble
This movie, in my opinion, is a sleeper. It is a very funny story with much black humor, fairly typical of Dave Berry. Very worth watching.
Published 1 month ago by Paul E. Sangster
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious movie!
Seriously if you have not seen this movie you need to! I really need to read the book, but if its half as funny as this movie I can't wait to read it :)
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Guilty Pleasure
Whenever you need a pick-me-up, watch this film! Based on Dave Barry's book, it weaves many characters and stories into a perfect mish-mash of humor and irony. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Cookson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I have loved this movie forever; if you ever want to watch a movie that manically switches between several plot lines and then watches them all converge and crash and burn, this is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carrie Mesiar
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