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Big Trouble Review

By Shawn McKenzie 04/05/2002

Am I wrong to want to move on?  Ever since the events of 09/11/2001, I have been criticized for wanting to get back to the way I normally am...which is a fun-loving entertainment geek.  I am told that there are more important things in the world than entertainment.  That may be true, but without entertainment, what's the point of being in this world?

Why am I bringing this up?  It's because I am reviewing Big Trouble, the second movie from 2001 (after Arnold Schwarzenegger's Collateral Damage) to be pushed back to this year because of 09/11.  The Arnie flick was pushed back because of the plotline of terrorists killing diplomats and the civilians who died with them were considered "collateral damage."  Big Trouble was pushed back because of its plotline that involves a bomb on a plane.

Big Trouble is a comedy that involves the plane aspect in the last 20 minutes of the movie.  The events that precede it make up the funniest comedy of this year so far.  I don't want to give away too much more of the plot because it will take away from the fun.

The story is based off of syndicated columnist Dave Barry's first fictional novel of the same name.  I am a fan of Dave Barry and I have read many of his non-fiction books, so I had high hopes for this movie (I haven't read Big Trouble, but if I get a chance, I will put my review of it in my books section.)  My anticipation for this movie was also heightened by the fact that the director is Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of both Men in Black movies and both Addams Family movies.

When this movie was to originally be released in September, I was looking forward to it, especially to relieve the tension of the month.  I work for a news/talk AM radio station in Denver, so it was 09/11 day-in and day-out.  I then heard that both this movie and Collateral Damage were being pushed back.  I found it odd that they were pushed back so far though.  I guess I consider movies and entertainment to be the best distraction to tragedy.  I did feel bad for the people who died, but I knew that I didn't want to wallow in the pain forever.  I guess that makes me a bad person.  I felt Big Trouble would have made people laugh and have fun, and Collateral Damage could have made people who were still angry live out their revenge fantasies through Arnie.

One other thing I want to make clear about this movie other than the fact that it is hilarious and won't traumatize anyone...this is not a Tim Allen movie.  What do I mean?  The trailers for this movie make it look like this is another Tim Allen vehicle, like Joe Somebody or The Santa Clause.  It is an ensemble comedy comprised of many very funny actors, like Omar Epps, Dennis Farina, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Lee, Rene Russo, Tom Sizemore, Stanley Tucci, Heavy D, Patrick Warburton, DJ Qualls, and Andy Richter.  Sure, Allen is the narrator, but all the actors in this movie make up what I hope will be a huge comedy hit.

If this movie couldn't distract people last year, hopefully it will this year.  The only pain I think you will experience after coming out of this movie will be your side aching from all the laughter (you might be hurt if you are a Florida Gator fan too...I think you'll get my meaning when you see it.)


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Catch this movie at the theater if you can...

Wait until it comes out on video...

Wait until it plays on HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc...

Demand your money back, even if you saw it for free!

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