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Big Trouble Big Trouble

Once upon a time there was a country where all were welcome, all felt safe, all blended into a society where race, religion and ethnic origin mattered less and less with each passing year.  Then came September 11, 2001.

It is impossible for me to believe in the wake of these horrific terrorist attacks that Big Trouble ever made to the big screen.  Starring Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Dennis Farina, Janeane Garofalo, Tom Sizemore, Ben Foster, Patrick Warburton and a score of other well know actors and artists is just another story about a divorced man being viewed as a loser who through fate finds an unhappy housewife and saves civilization by fighting hijackers who have kidnapped his new lover's daughter who happens to be his son's new love interest all the while accidentally spoiling the efforts of a hit man.

Confused?  I doubt seeing the film will help.  This film shows airline ticket takers being bribed, airport security staff as lazy and not only allowing a nuclear bomb as carryon luggage, but an actual hand gun as well.  Not great viewing after knowing the events of the past year.

You'll be happy to know that this film only runs 85 minutes and I'm sure you'd see more people walk out before the end than I did.  Director Barry Sonnefield has tried here to get the same feel as his previous film Get Shorty including enlisting Russo and Farina to star again for him.  Unfortunately the inane script and horrible plot undermine any chance for any star to save this film.

In short, Tim Allen again plays a big loser and if he continues to select films like this Hollywood would be justified in labeling him just that.  Big Trouble is my first pick for the 2002 Razzies  (see as one of the worst films of the year.

Big Trouble

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