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Big Trouble (2002)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language, crude humor and sex-related material)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 8, 2002
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


Tim Allen
as Eliot Arnold
Rene Russo
as Anna Herk
Stanley Tucci
as Arthur Herk
Jack Kehler
as Leonard
Janeane Garofalo
as Monica Romero
Patrick Warburton
as Walter Kramitz
Ben Foster
as Matt Arnold
Zooey Deschanel
as Jenny Herk
Omar Epps
as Seitz
Heavy D
as Pat Greer
Jason Lee
as Puggy
Andy Richter
as Jack Pendick/Ralph P...
D.J. Qualls
as Andrew Ryan
Cullen Douglas
as Captain Justin Hobar...
Flip Schultz
as Co-Pilot Jan Vigushi...
Patrick Mickler
as Cigar Buddy
Gerald Owens
as Cigar Buddy
Mitchell Carrey
as Cigar Buddy
Nathalie Latronico
as Heather Weintraub
Jon Kasdan
as Jack Pendick Trainee
Ian Marioles
as Editorial Assistant
Philip Nolen
as Ken Deeber
David Koepp
as Annoyed Sports Radio...
Jay Rasumny
as Courier No. 1
Ruben Gomez
as Courier No. 2
Antoni Cornacchione
as William Spaulding
Siobhan Fallon
as Fly by Air Ticket Ag...
Kava Stewartson
as Sour Airport Securit...
Gloria Kennedy
as Airport X-Ray Operat...
Carmen Lopez
as Airport Stern Securi...
Mark Salem
as Fly by Air Baggage H...
Renato Campilongo
as Gang Leader
Marc Macaulay
as Arch Ridley
James Martin Kelly
as Geo Salesman
Dave Corey
as Cellmate Dwight
Selma Cipes
as Retiree No. 1
Sid Raymond
as Retiree No. 2
Jody Wilson
as Retiree No. 3
Maurice Alevy
as Retiree No. 4
Mia Finnegan
as Aerobics Announcer
Eric Geller
as Aerobics Announcer
Paul H. Barth
as Airline Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Big Trouble

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (35)

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

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Sharp, funny movie for high schoolers and up.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

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?

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

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

Full Review… | February 24, 2004

Sprawling comedy has a few laughs in it -- and the specter of recent events hanging over it.

Full Review… | July 17, 2003

Audience Reviews for Big Trouble


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 doesn't go off. Sonnenfield explains in the extras section that no one really committed, and that it rained a lot. Eh.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

very funny, jason lee steals the show

danny d

Super Reviewer


It was wild and crazy. Pretty funny but did get a little boring too.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Big Trouble Quotes

Eddie Leadbetter: We're arrivin', but, we're departin'.
– Submitted by Scottland R (2 years ago)

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