Big Trouble
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"In this clumsy attempt to merge farce with satire, the jokes repeatedly miss the mark."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Makes for distinctly uneasy viewing, as Big Trouble's massive subtext repeatedly threatens to overwhelm its haphazardly stylized diegesis."
‑ Nick Rutigliano, Village Voice
"Sharp, funny movie for high schoolers and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Sprawling comedy has a few laughs in it -- and the specter of recent events hanging over it."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Big Trouble is one of those great big silly capers that fails at juggling its dark humor while feeling cutesy in its ability to dance around the plot contrivances...derivative, offensive, stylish and smirky crime caper."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"Mostly ... Sonnenfeld mishandles the broad part of the comedic formula, preferring repetition to thematic development."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"... Big Trouble produces only a very few small chuckles."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Faithful to the events in Barry's novel, lifts a good deal of his witty dialogue, and recruits a proven cast of laugh-winners. Why, then, is it so resolutely unfunny?"
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Director Barry Sonnenfeld unites an incredibly unique and charismatic ensemble cast for this witty adaptation of Dave Barry's 1998 novel."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
"Tim Allen is great in his role but never hogs the scenes from his fellow cast, as there are plenty of laughs and good lines for everyone in this comedy."
‑ Gareth J. Von Kallenbach, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Like an overloaded aircraft at that security-challenged airport, Big Trouble moves forward in fits and starts but never manages to achieve sufficient momentum for a smooth, satisfying liftoff."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The worst thing someone could say about "Big Trouble" is that it's too much like "Get Shorty," which is one of the best reasons to go see the film"
‑ Vanessa Sibbald, Zap2it.com
"...a highly enjoyable romp that is as multi-faceted as it is tightly constructed."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"It's a good thing Tim Allen has Santa Claus to fall back on because any more pictures like this one and he'd be in BIG trouble."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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