People may be saying that Tim Allen is on a downward spiral, but did anyone actually watch Big Trouble? Didn't think so. Had they actually taken the time to sit down and enjoy this little film, they might have observed that while it wasn't up to Allen's usual standards, it is by no means a terrible film.
Delayed due to September 11, Big Trouble was plagued with the fact that it had been pushed back six months. Even if there is a reasonable excuse (the movie basically concludes with Allen trying to prevent a bomb from going off on an airplane), people see a big delay like that and suspect trouble. The marketing campaign also wasn't wonderful.
Anyway, Big Trouble is a surprisingly funny, quirky film with plenty of recognizable faces and some great characters. In a way, it's like a not-as-funny American version of Snatch (even with Dennis Farina, who was in Snatch), about a bunch of idiots that wind up being involved in a crime in some way or another.
Tim Allen plays it smart here in really taking a backseat to the other actors. He is still the lead character, but the movie is essentially an ensemble comedy with the likes of Rene Russo, Dennis Farina, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Foster, Stanley Tucci, Omar Epps, Tom Sizemore, DJ Qualls, Johnny Knoxville, Andy Richter, and of course Jason Lee. You can't get a much better comedy cast than that. Tucci is hilarious, as is Farina.
Big Trouble has its stupid parts, but for the most part is pretty entertaining, racing along to its climax. It's not Tim Allen's best, but it's a lot better than Joe Somebody, and has the potential to be a tiny cult classic should word get around.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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