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Big Trouble

Big Trouble movie poster
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Produced by Jim Wedaa
Barry Sonnenfeld
Tom Jacobson
Barry Josephson
Graham Place
Chris Soldo
Written by Robert Ramsey
Matthew Stone
based on a novel by Dave Barry
Starring Tim Allen
Rene Russo
Stanley Tucci
Tom Sizemore
Johnny Knoxville
Dennis Farina
Music by James Newton Howard
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) April 5, 2002
Running time 85 min
Language English
Budget $40,000,000
(estimated)
IMDb profile

Big Trouble (2002) is a comedic film based on the novel Big Trouble by Dave Barry. It was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and featured a large cast including Tim Allen, Rene Russo and Dennis Farina. Like much of Barry's fiction, it follows a diverse group of people through a series of extremely strange and humorous situations against the backdrop of Miami and south Florida. Big Trouble movie poster downloaded from http://www. ... Barry Sonnenfeld American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Barry Sonnenfeld American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... For the English musician, see Dave Berry (musician). ... Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick on June 13, 1953) is a Golden Globe-winning American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ... Rene Russo Rene Russo (born February 17, 1954 in Burbank, California, USA) is an American film actress and model. ... Stanley Tucci, Jr. ... Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. ... Johnny Knoxville (born Philip John Clapp on March 11, 1971 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American comic actor and daredevil. ... Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order Donaldo Guglielmo Dennis Farina (born February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American film and television actor, starring since 2004 as Detective Joe Fontana on NBCs Law & Order. ... James Newton Howard (born June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles) is an Academy Award nominated film score composer. ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... April 5 is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Big Trouble is a novel written by Dave Barry. ... For the English musician, see Dave Berry (musician). ... Barry Sonnenfeld American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick on June 13, 1953) is a Golden Globe-winning American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ... Rene Russo Rene Russo (born February 17, 1954 in Burbank, California, USA) is an American film actress and model. ... Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order Donaldo Guglielmo Dennis Farina (born February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American film and television actor, starring since 2004 as Detective Joe Fontana on NBCs Law & Order. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... Location of metropolitan area in the state of Florida Major cities Miami, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 15,896 km² (6,137 mi²) 2,621 km² (1,011 mi²) 16. ...


Tagline: They have forty-five minutes to save the world. They need forty-six.

Contents

Characters

  • Eliot Arnold (Tim Allen) - A divorced man who was recently fired from his job at the Miami Herald and is now running a struggling advertising agency. His son thinks he is a dork.
  • Anna Herk (Rene Russo) - Jenny's devoted mother and the reluctant wife of Arthur (even though she thinks he's an idiot). She becomes immediately attracted to Eliot, upon meeting him.
  • Arthur Herk (Stanley Tucci) - A rude and obnoxious man who is currently being marked for death for embezzling from his company.
  • Jenny Herk (Zooey Deschanel) - Anna's daughter and a classmate of Matt. She is also Matt's target in the school's game "Killer".
  • Matt Arnold (Ben Foster) - Eliot's son and the "killer" of Jenny. He also develops a crush on her.
  • Henry (Dennis Farina) - A hitman hired to kill Arthur for embezzling.
  • Leonard (Jack Kehler) - A hitman hired to kill Arthur for embezzling.
  • Andrew (DJ Qualls) - Matt's schoolfriend and witness for when Matt "kills" Jenny.
  • Puggy (Jason Lee) - A homeless wanderer who loves Fritos and Nina.
  • Nina (Sofía Vergara) - The Herk's Mexican housemaid. She falls in love with Puggy, who she initially mistook for Jesus.
  • Snake (Tom Sizemore) - An ex-convict.
  • Eddie (Johnny Knoxville) Snake's cellmate and friend.
  • Two FBI agents (Omar Epps and Heavy D) Two agents determined to retrieve a missing nuclear bomb.
  • Monica Romero (Janeane Garofalo) - A very with-it police officer.
  • Walter Kramitz (Patrick Warburton) - Monica's not-so-with-it fellow officer. Asks women out on dates even though he's married.
  • Bruce (Michael McShane) - The consumer from hell who constantly harrasses Eliot's advertisement ideas for his products.

Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick on June 13, 1953) is a Golden Globe-winning American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ... Rene Russo Rene Russo (born February 17, 1954 in Burbank, California, USA) is an American film actress and model. ... Stanley Tucci, Jr. ... Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17, 1980) is an American actress. ... For other people with this name, see Ben Foster (disambiguation) Ben Foster (born October 29, 1980) is an American actor. ... Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order Donaldo Guglielmo Dennis Farina (born February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American film and television actor, starring since 2004 as Detective Joe Fontana on NBCs Law & Order. ... Jack Kehler is an actor. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Jason M. Lee (born April 25, 1970) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actor and professional skateboarder. ... Sofía Margarita Vergara (born July 10, 1972, in Barranquilla, Colombia) is a Colombian model and actress. ... Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. ... Johnny Knoxville (born Philip John Clapp on March 11, 1971 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American comic actor and daredevil. ... Omar Hashim Epps (born July 20, 1973) is an African American actor and musician. ... Heavy D. & the Boyz was an American hip hop group led by 250-lb Heavy D., who is known for his wild boastings about his sexual prowess. ... Janeane Garofalo Janeane Garofalo (born September 28, 1964 in Newton, New Jersey), is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, writer and former co-host on Air America Radios The Majority Report. ... Patrick Warburton (born November 14, 1964) is an American actor. ... Michael McShane (December 10, 1957; East Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor who first became known to American audiences through his appearances on the British television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. McShane has performed on stage, on television and in film and is an alumnus of Los Angeles TheaterSports. ...

Plot

A simple high-school game of "Killer" brings all of these characters into direct contact with each other. Matt Arnold has to "shoot" classmate Jenny Herk with a squirt gun to advance in his game, and decides to sneak up on her at home one night. Meanwhile, hitmen Henry and Leonard are also watching the house, biding their time until they can whack Arthur. When the fake assassination attempt crosses paths with the real one, the police are called out to the resulting disturbance and Eliot has to explain his son's actions. Matt and Jenny feel an instant attraction to each other, as do Eliot and Anna. But if this was just a prank gone wrong, everyone wonders why is there a bullet lodged in the TV. It has been suggested that Selective assassination be merged into this article or section. ...


Arthur Herk realizes that he was the bullet's intended victim, and loses the little bit of mental stability he had. He races to a seedy bar that serves as a front for Russian arms dealers, hoping to get something with which to defend himself. His employers, he tells the dealers, have sent him to retrieve the big guns. They give him the biggest gun imaginable: a nuclear bomb in a suitcase. Unfortunately, lowlifes Snake and Eddie pick this moment to rob the "bar". Oblivious to the actual contents of the suitcase, but convinced that it is very valuable, they steal it.


The FBI agents pursue the crooks. The hitmen pursue Arthur. The Herk women and the Arnold men pursue each other. The cops try to figure out what in the world is going on. And Arthur gets squirted in the face by a hallucinogenic toad, and begins to think that Martha Stewart has possessed his dog. Psychoactive toads is a name used for toads from which psychoactive substances from the family of bufotoxins can be derived. ... Martha Stewart (born Martha Helen Kostyra on August 3, 1941) is an American business magnate, author, editor and homemaking advocate. ...


The dimwitted criminals end up on a plane headed for The Bahamas with the bomb still in tow. Eliot manages to sneak onto the same flight in one last effort to save the day, stop the bad guys and show his son that he is not a loser after all.


Controversy

Big Trouble was originally scheduled for release on September 21, 2001 and had a strong advertising push. Unfortunately, the events of September 11 of that year cast an unshakable pall over the movie's comedic smuggling of a nuclear device onto an airplane. (A gun also makes its way onto the plane, but this was easily overshadowed by the specter of the WMD.) Consequently, the film was pushed back until April 2002, and the promotion campaign was toned down almost to the point of abandonment. Big Trouble came quietly to American theaters and left quickly afterwards, receiving some positive reviews but generally ignored by audiences. September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... For the album, see Weapons of Mass Destruction (album). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


Trivia

  • The protagonist of this movie is Eliot Arnold. The book doesn't have any one protagonist.
  • In the book, Matthew Arnold, as well as female police officer Monica Romirez, actually board the plane to rescue Jenny Herk. Eliot Arnold never boards the plane.
  • The vulgarity is not as bad in the movie as in the book, where it is used constantly. This was probably to keep the rating to PG-13.
  • The ending of the book was drastically changed, with Walter being left handcuffed with Arthur, Harold and Leonard fighting off an escaped pet python at the airport, and a third police officer helping the FBI agents find the bomb.
  • In the movie, Snake and Eddie were portrayed as being very dim-witted and when they kidnap Jenny, she speaks to them sarcastically with little fear or respect for them. In the book, Snake is far more sinister, threatening to rape Jenny after he escapes, and her remaining quiet and frightened the entire time.
  • In the movie, Puggy moves to Miami because he loves Fritos (his closest connection to Cuban food) and wants to get better Cuban food. In the book, he is not mentioned with a love for Fritos and comes to Miami completely by coincidence after hitchhiking south.

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