bad Kevin Spacey is this huge star now. Because if he wasn't
this movie would have received the accolades it truly deserves.
It is not another Buddy Ackerman ( from Swimming W/Sharks-
an older Spacey flick) as one half witted critic spewed in some
large paper. Did she see either movie was my first thought.
story is nonchalant. Three guys who work together meet in a
rather small room. One, Phil (Danny "Talent? Here's yer
talent babee" Devito) is seeing his life in full light
and wants something more than the annual "Lubricant Salesman
of the Year" award. Another, new to the ways of a true
salesman, Bob, (Peter "Paully Purebred" Falcinelli)
would rather have a chit chat about Jesus than bother with Penthouse
or volley about issues that ultimately build one's character.
The third is a whirlwind of a chap Larry Mann. Larry (Kevin
"Sharpei" Spacey) seems ready to burst with a MT Vesuvius
three have all come to the career- building-deal-making-capital-of-America...Wichita.
They are to hoping to bag a big account. Their plan? To throw
a manly mixer of cocktails and small talk to snare one Mr. Fuller
into a large purchase of lubricant. Thusly, land their Lodestar
company a big coo, and you get the feeling, from Larry at least,
save their jobs at the same time.
Mr. Fuller it seems didn't make the soirée. Or did he?
it. That's the plot. If you like Eugene O'Neill or William Saroyan's
style of "a day with the regular folks" this will
also amaze you. Not what you'd call a big movie. It's
for people who like chatty looks at life. Which I evidently
Sure, I adore Spacey but I never fib- if Big Kahuna bit
the big keilbasa or reeked of rotting chow mein in the second
fridge drawer, I'd fess up and let the Armani wearing academy
sweet heart have it double barrell just like any other, see.
BK is however, one of Spacey's finest jobs to date.
set is understated. Not for budget consciousness, but because
it happens to be precisely attune to the goings on around the
principles. Big Kahuna is a stage play made into a movie...successfully.
Danny Devito also shines within each frame. Nice to see him
do something worthy again. I was all ticked off
at that hideous Screwed...he
needed redemption. He got it. A big ole chiliburger with extra
also a fresh face among da boyz. Peter Facinelli. He plays Mr.
Nondescript-milk-toast, Bob Walker. Scarier than any smooth
talkin killer I've seen on screen in a long time. What's his
crime? Oblivion. One of those holier than thou types who just
doesn't get it. The whole when you get right into it 'your precisely
what you hate' theme.
Please, please see this movie. Don't let the hubbub of Kevin's
stardom or the inexplicably incorrect dissections of this film
keep you away.
girly-girl point though....Kev looks like he's starved! Doesn't
that chickbabe he's been living with cook? I'll cook for him.
Big vats of homemade love stew! Fatten him up real good.
Sans poundage aside Spacey is still one of America's finest
Recommendation: Shrimp and cheese balls for us and high
protein/carb shakes for Mr. Spacey please.
Danny Devito, Peter Falcinelli and Kevin Spacey
by: John Swanbeck
by: Roger Rueff