‘Big Trouble’ Review: I Think We Got Gator Fans

Posted in Screening Room by - August 09, 2015

My third film of the month is finally a winner. After watching Naked Lunch and Nightbreed, I’m glad I finally get to watch a film that enjoys itself. Released in 2002 and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, Big Trouble is an excellent comedy. It features an ensamble cast including Tim Allen, Janeane Garofalo, Patrick Warburton, DJ Qualls, Stanley Tucci, Tom Sizemore, Johnny Knoxville, Dennis Farina, Ben Foster. Zooey Deschanel, Sofia Vergera, and just a whole lot more.

I didn’t want to like this movie. Despite a few notable exceptions, I dislike many of Tim Allen’s roles, and the fact that the exposition is primarily given with his voice over was not a good sign. However, at only ten minutes in, I found myself unable to resist its humor and charm. I found the talent that I disliked were cast as the character archetypes they do best. Best of all, the comedy shifts back and forth from subtle, to absurdist, to incredibly disquieting. The scene in which Stanley Tucci licks the filth off of his maid’s feet is uncomfortably funny, but the scene where Dennis Farina forces some rude civilians to put their cigars out in their brandy is a delightfully simple bit.

The plot is one of those quirky comedy flicks in which a huge number of interesting characters interact in crazy ways to tell a whacky story. It’s a to little complicated to tell succinctly, but it involves assassins, Russian arms dealers, advertising designers, high school students, giant toads, and a Nuke. Other then that, explaining any one part would require a chart or three more paragraphs.

Big Trouble has great dialogue, a fun story, interesting characters, and smart casting choices, which all combine to form a genuinely entertaining, if a little visually dated, comedy. I sincerely suggest checking it out if you’re looking for a movie to brighten your day.

Final Say: Watch It

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Born in Arizona, he currently resides in Denton, Texas. When he isn't watching movies he's playing board games and drinking whatever he can get his hands on. John watches Djimon Honsou movies because he likes Spawn, which had Michael Jai White.
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