Big Trouble (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 2002.  Touchstone Pictures, The Jacobson Company, Sonnenfeld Josephson Worldwide Entertainment, Sundale Productions Inc..  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Delayed after September 11th because it dealt with a terrorist bomb on an airplane, this film wouldn’t have been missed had it been left on the shelf forever. A failing advertising executive () is somehow given a second chance at life when he has to save his prankster son () from idiot criminals (, ) who take him and his friend () hostage and try to run away with them. Along the way, Allen meets Deschanel’s mother () who takes a liking to him immediately.

The cast might be a drawing point to this totally unfunny comedy, but the film runs a short eighty-five minutes and hardly manages to go anywhere worthy of the great talent involved. Barry Sonnenfeld’s direction is as manic as ever, but without classy material like Get Shorty to work with, he’s completely out of luck. Also stars  (in an attempt to resurrect his role from Shorty), Stanley Tucci and .


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