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Big Trouble (2002)



Critic Consensus: With its large cast and frantic comic pacing, Big Trouble labors for slapstick-style hilarity, but it never really gains steam.

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Barry Sonnenfeld directs this kissing cousin of his own 1995 hit Get Shorty, a comic caper adapted by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone from the novel by newspaper humorist Dave Barry. When two New Jersey hitmen (Dennis Farina and Jack Kehler) show up in Miami to whack crooked businessman Arthur Herk (Stanley Tucci), they happen to creep into his backyard at the same time as Matt (Ben Foster), a high school kid with his own assassination plans. Only, Matt plans to use nothing heavier than a squirt gun on Jenny (Zooey Deschanel), Arthur's daughter, as part of a school-wide game of "killer." When the plans collide, mayhem ensues, and Matt's struggling ex-columnist dad (Tim Allen, loosely modeled on Barry), Arthur's bored wife (Rene Russo), and two confused police officers (Janeane Garofalo and Patrick Warburton) are also called to the scene. Shift to the next day and there's more craziness to follow. Two dimwitted petty criminals (Tom Sizemore and Johnny Knoxville) choose the exact moment Arthur is transacting a nuclear arms deal to hold up the dive bar where they're regulars, which is actually a front for the Russian mob. Soon the whole motley cast -- including an agreeable drifter (Jason Lee), a buxom maid (Sofia Vergara), and a pair of ruthless FBI agents (Heavy D and Omar Epps) -- are caught up in a hostage scenario in which the weapon accidentally gets brought aboard a hijacked plan.

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Tim Allen
as Eliot Arnold
Rene Russo
as Anna Herk
Stanley Tucci
as Arthur Herk
Jack Kehler
as Leonard
Janeane Garofalo
as Monica Romero
Patrick Warburton
as Walter Kramitz
Ben Foster
as Matt Arnold
Zooey Deschanel
as Jenny Herk
Omar Epps
as Seitz
Jason Lee
as Puggy
Heavy D
as Pat Greer
Andy Richter
as Jack Pendick/Ralph Pendick
DJ Qualls
as Andrew Ryan
Cullen Douglas
as Captain Justin Hobart
Flip Schultz
as Co-Pilot Jan Vigushin
Patrick Mickler
as Cigar Buddy
Gerald Owens
as Cigar Buddy
Mitchell Carrey
as Cigar Buddy
Nathalie Latronico
as Heather Weintraub
Jon Kasdan
as Jack Pendick Trainee
Ian Marioles
as Editorial Assistant
Philip Nolen
as Ken Deeber
David Koepp
as Annoyed Sports Radio Host
Jay Rasumny
as Courier No. 1
Ruben Gomez
as Courier No. 2
Antoni Cornacchione
as William Spaulding
Siobhan Fallon Hogan
as Fly by Air Ticket Agent
Kava Stewartson
as Sour Airport Security
Gloria Kennedy
as Airport X-Ray Operator
Carmen Lopez
as Airport Stern Security Woman
Mark Salem
as Fly by Air Baggage Handler
Renato Campilongo
as Gang Leader
Marc Macaulay
as Arch Ridley
James Martin Kelly
as Geo Salesman
Dave Corey
as Cellmate Dwight
Selma Cipes
as Retiree No. 1
Sid Raymond
as Retiree No. 2
Jody Wilson
as Retiree No. 3
Maurice Alevy
as Retiree No. 4
Mia Finnegan
as Aerobics Announcer
Eric Geller
as Aerobics Announcer
Paul H. Barth
as Airline Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Big Trouble

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (40)

Sharp, funny movie for high schoolers and up.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In this clumsy attempt to merge farce with satire, the jokes repeatedly miss the mark.

November 6, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Mostly ... Sonnenfeld mishandles the broad part of the comedic formula, preferring repetition to thematic development.

July 20, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Because the tone is so light, so genial and eager to please, the whole enterprise seems the opposite of prescient. It seems naive, almost delusional.

April 14, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Laboured, wheezy and almost completely unfunny.

April 14, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Makes for distinctly uneasy viewing, as Big Trouble's massive subtext repeatedly threatens to overwhelm its haphazardly stylized diegesis.

April 9, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Trouble


A great line up of talent and Dave Barry's story about shenanigans in the U.S. capital of the Third World and yet ... fizzle, a firecracker that doesn't go off. Sonnenfield explains in the extras section that no one really committed, and that it rained a lot. Eh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

very funny, jason lee steals the show

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer


It was wild and crazy. Pretty funny but did get a little boring too.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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