The lives of several Miami residents become intertwined in a dangerous plot after a series of improbable incidents occur. Several different stories all happen at once and eventually come together into a final resolution. They include Eliot Arnold, a former humor columnist who has been recently divorced, trying to win the respect of his son Matt. In turn, Matt falls for Jenny Hurk after a game of water pistols ends up getting him in trouble with the police. Jenny and her mother Anna live with Arthur Hurk, an arrogant individual who also happens to be involved with the mob. Then theres two guys trying to kill Arthur, two cops investigating all of the local disturbances, a Frito loving drifter named Puggy who lives in a tree, and two Russians who have in their possession a nuclear bomb. When two thugs named Snake and Eddie mistakenly steal the nuclear bomb (thinking its a garbage disposal), all of the stories come together into a climax at the airport with the FBI.
Big Trouble is rated PG-13 for language, crude humor and sex-related, material.
The cast is first rate. Just look at the listing above. I love all of these actors and enjoy most of their work. The talent of the group is what keeps this film from totally bombing.
While not offering many laughs, there are a few really funny moments. Arthur at one point hallucinates and sees Martha Stewarts head on a dog. Believe it or not, they really got Martha Stewart to do this. Its rather freaky and funny. Theres also a great running gag about Florida Gator fans. Its kind of hard to explain, but suffice it to say it involves inane chatter about the Gators on a radio show through a good portion of the film. Theres also some fun with the stupidity of Snake and Eddie.
The music by James Newton Howard is also good. Its got a Latino sound to it that fits well with the Miami location.
What Didn’t Work:
It doesnt help that the last quarter of the film takes place as Snake and Eddie drag hostages through an airport at gunpoint, sneak a pistol and nuclear bomb through security, then hijack an airplane despite a grounding of all planes. Even though it has been 7 months since September 11th, its a hard thing to find amusing. Rather than laughing at the absurdity of it, it was an awful reminder of reality.
Other than that, a lot of the film simply wasnt funny. A lot of the jokes fell flat. Many of them were also childish lines said with sexual innuendo. It got old after a while.
This film is a renter at best.