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The Big Picture (1989)

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Another "get even with Hollywood" satire in the tradition of SOB and Movers and Shakers, The Big Picture is an elongated inside joke complete with un-billed celebrity cameos. In this first feature-film directorial effort by actor/writer Christopher Guest, Kevin Bacon plays a "boy wonder" director whose willingness to compromise his ideals allows him to keep afloat in Tinseltown. Bacon's corruption begins when his first Hollywood project, a black-and-white experimental film about an over-40

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Drama, Comedy

Christopher Guest

Oct 8, 2002

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Befitting two of the co-authors of This is Spinal Tap, Guest and Michael McKean, The Big Picture displays a keen eye for the silliness of film biz customs, lingo and attitudes.

March 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The movie references may strike some as in-jokey, but Guest's likeable film has enough jaundiced sideswipes and lighter chuckles to see it through its slacker spells.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A consistently genial, intermittently funny send-up of the current Hollywood scene as demonstrated by the rise and fall of an award-winning film student.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Sometimes hilarious, sometimes chilling anti-Hollywood comedy.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Very slight, but it hits most of its Hollywood targets with a certain degree of savvy.

November 20, 2005
Zap2it.com

The Movie Machine is skewered and lampooned with an impressive accuracy, but it never crosses the line into becoming an outright bash.

October 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

If only it was as clever as it believes itself to be.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A very clever satire of Hollywood, film school, moviedom in general, and a few specific goofballs.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

All in all this is a terrific comedy that punctures Hollywood's pretentiousness but is never mean-spirited about it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for The Big Picture

Kind of like the Player and The Scret Life of Walter Mitty, but not nearly as good as either.
June 25, 2011
kenstachnik

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This was a good flick but there were elements introduced in the beginning of the movie that fell away.
All of the actors did fine jobs but the movie was a little predictable. It was fun for the person who is familiar with how Hollywood works.
One funny thing... it seemed that every character in the movie who smoke was played by someone who obviously didn't.
March 13, 2009
superclerk25

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Hilarious!
December 12, 2007
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