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Review by Susan Granger
1 star out of 4
Perhaps - before Sept. 11th - a comedy about dim-witted thugs
smuggling a nuclear bomb aboard an airplane would have been funny. Now it just
makes you cringe. Yet, even when writers Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone (working
from humorist Dave Barry's book) and director Barry Sonnenfeld aren't making fun
of shoddy airport security, bribery-prone ticket agents, drunk security guards,
and blowing up Miami, the humor seems recycled - a bit from "Get Shorty," a tad
from "Rat Race." The flimsy plot revolves around two hitmen (Dennis Farina, Jack
Kehler) from Newark who are sent to kill Arthur, a sleazy, toe-sucking
businessman (Stanley Tucci) who's skimming money from his "sugar-cane scumbag"
employers. Arthur's long-suffering wife (Rene Russo) and disgruntled
step-daughter (Zooey Deschanel) are transfixed by chirpy Martha Stewart, whose
head is imposed on the family dog, courtesy of a huge hallucinogenic-spitting
toad. Meanwhile, there's ex-Miami Herald feature writer (Tim Allen) whose
teenage son (Ben Foster) is into a squirt-gun game called Killer - which puts
him on a collision course with two inept thieves (Tom Sizemore, Johnny
Knoxville), two bumbling cops (Janeane Garofalo, Patrick Warburton), two shady
FBI agents (Omar Epps, Dwight "Heavy D" Myers), one Peruvian housemaid (Sofia
Vergara), a Fritos-freak named Puggy (Jason Lee) who lives in a tree, a
mysterious suitcase and a herd of goats. Whew! Cavorting with a punchy 14-person
cast rarely works, and this broad farce is no exception. It's simply not funny.
On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Big Trouble" is a stupid, thudding 3.
And when Stanley Tucci finally screams, "Get me outta here!" - he expressed my
sentiments exactly. "Big Trouble" = big bomb.
Copyright © 2002 Susan Granger
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