The Big Kahuna
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Three salesmen working for a firm that makes industrial lubricants are waiting in the company's "hospitality suite" at a manufacturers' convention for a "big kahuna" named Dick Fuller to show up, in hopes they can persuade him to place an order that could salvage the company's flagging sales. Phil (Danny DeVito) is in his mid-50s; he's devoted his life to his job but emotionally has little to show for it. He's learned to live with the loneliness of a salesman's life, but is smarting over the recent collapse of his marriage and is trying to quit… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You probably don't need to run out to a theater to see The Big Kahuna."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Sharp-edged, perfectly timed, funny and thoughtful."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Giving actors a chance to act seems to be the point..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"You get the feeling that The Big Kahuna would be great in-the-round theater, its ambiguous machinations benefiting from feeding off of a live audience. As filmed, however, it's just three characters waiting for a story."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Yes, it feels like a stage play, but it's a pretty interesting stage play."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"It's no meal, but it'll tide you over."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Spacey and DeVito are at the top of their game."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"At our best, we admit our faults. And we admit that others, no matter how different, have something to teach us. What a surprising thing to learn from a film."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Depicts how the ardent Christian faith of a true believer compels his two associates to probe their own ideas and ideals."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Support this kind of filmmaking."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Sometimes good, or even almost-great acting, isn't enough."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Sometimes profanely funny, sometimes intensely dramatic, The Big Kahuna is a richly amusing and provocatively insightful film that builds to a profoundly powerful cumulative impact."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"...worth watching just for the performances..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"There's nothing actively wrong with The Big Kahuna, it simply feels more appropriate at a community theatre rather than the local multiplex."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"The only problem with the film, is that it's more of a play than a cinematic experience."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
More reviews for The Big Kahuna on Rotten Tomatoes

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