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Big Trouble

4.3 out of 5 stars 271 customer reviews

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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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  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADFN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Trouble" on IMDb

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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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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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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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Big Trouble is one of my all time favorite comedies. If you love dry humor and sarcastic one-liners, this is the movie for you. There is a great ensemble cast of well known actors who play their parts perfectly. The way the story twists and turns is very clever, aside from being very funny. The interaction between the characters and the great dialogue had me laughing out loud - and very few movies do that for me.
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ROFLMAO. This movie had some purely hilarious moments--and was generally funny all the way through. I have of course read the book, and I think the movie was fairly faithful to Dave Barry's stream of consciousness style of writing and his at times outrageous sense of comedy. If you haven't read his work, you should do so, as the movie was faithful enough to the style that you could find yourself getting lost in the lack of structure and the odd, almost random, flow of the film. If you HAVE read this book and his other works--then definitely see this movie. The casting was superb, the cinematography was very good, and there was a high level of natural chemistry between the actors that worked very well. If you're looking for refined humor, or outright slapstick, then this wouldn't be your first choice. If, however, you appreciate the sheer slings and arrows of outrageous bourbon (or fortune, as the case may be) where "truth" really is far stranger than "fiction"--you'll like this.

You'll especially like this if you are one of those people who is a nexxus for the improbable. The whole plot and premise range from slightly improbable to absolutely impossible--but it works, as does the typical life.
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