Big Trouble
Big Trouble (2002)

The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hit men, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 5, 2002
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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Nick Rutigliano
Village Voice

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

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Sharp, funny movie for high schoolers and up.

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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

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

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... Big Trouble produces only a very few small chuckles.

Rob Gonsalves

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?

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Joe Leydon

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.

Vanessa Sibbald

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Jason Spencer
I liked it and thought the comedy was fresh and smart. The cast worked great and even some of the smaller parts were excellent.
danny d
very funny, jason lee steals the show
Michael Gildea
Better than I thought it would be.
Leigh Ryan
It was wild and crazy. Pretty funny but did get a little boring too.
James Alvarez
ALl over the place.