The Big Kahuna (2000)

The Big Kahuna

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Critic Consensus: Wonderful adaptation of the stage play.


Movie Info

Three salesmen working for a firm that makes industrial lubricants are waiting in the company's "hospitality suite" at a manufacturers' convention for a "big kahuna" named Dick Fuller to show up, in hopes they can persuade him to place an order that could salvage the company's flagging sales. Phil (Danny DeVito) is in his mid-50s; he's devoted his life to his job but emotionally has little to show for it. He's learned to live with the loneliness of a salesman's life, but is smarting over the … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Roger Reuff, Roger Rueff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2000
Runtime:
Lions Gate Films - Official Site

Cast


as Larry Mann

as Phil Cooper

as Bob Walker

as Bellhop

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Critic Reviews for The Big Kahuna

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (30)

If you're prepared to accept an inherent staginess that gradually fades as the film progresses, you can become caught up in a drama of extraordinary power and insight.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A ponderous stage adaptation that expends only the mildest effort to overcome its staginess.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

There's a vital play struggling to emerge from this mess, but it hasn't been written yet.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Seattle Times
Top Critic

You probably don't need to run out to a theater to see The Big Kahuna.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
CNN.com
Top Critic

It makes exactly the point that is the opposite of the point it thought it was making: Acting isn't enough.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The destination is well worth the sometimes baffling and tedious journey.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Big Kahuna

Larry Mann: Did you mention perhaps what line of industrial lubricants Jesus would have endorsed? 

"Every sale begins with a smile."

The Big Kahuna is one of those one room, all dialogue movies. If you can't take a lot of conversation in movies, this is definitely not for you. That's all it is. Three guys in a hospitality room at a hotel talking. They are salesmen for industrial lubricants and they are having a convention in which they will try to land a big time client. 

Two of the three are veterans, the third is a young newbie to the scene. The young one is also a religious man who let's his views on Jesus show more than his views on salesmanship. There's no real plot to be seen in The Big Kahuna. There's ideas and there's a lot of good dialogue, but not real plot. That isn't necessarily a bad thing either. I like movies like this as long as they can find a way to be entertaining. 

I liked The Big Kahuna enough. Kevin Spacey is terrific in roles like this where he can talk a lot and on occasion scream. He's definitely the selling point for the whole film. Add Danny Devito to the mix and everything gets a little more interesting, even though there's not that much going on that I'd consider interesting. 

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

Wonderful! A simple and terrific film that is very well written and bring three good actors. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I dont get it! Like its a good movie if you base it on Spaceys an Devitos acting and the fact it is wel written in the comedy part wth a few really good laugh out loud moments and the story is ok i understand there after a big sale but i dont understand why a guy whose really religious would ignore his job and talk about religion ? it just started to irritate me, i mean yes the story is good but i just dont see the point in the religious freak who thinks its more important to speak and spread thje word of god rather than try and get this sale by talking about lubricant which is his job! i just dont get it !
Apart from that its a funny movie but nothing more!

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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