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Film Review: ‘My Big Night’

25 September 2015 3:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The hapless advance filming of a New Year’s special is complicated by a squashed extra, an assassination plot, blackmail, riots, raging libidos, ghastly ego trips and, of course, a few song-and-dance numbers in “My Big Night,” an enjoyably antic farce that’s built to spill over — and largely delivers on its party-hardy promise. Helmer Alex de la Iglesia’s last comedy, 2013’s “Witching & Bitching,” didn’t make much of a splash outside of Spain, but while this breathless ensembler may be too campy for some tastes, it is also a feat of elegant construction that could draw viewers who once flocked to early, transgressive Almodovar, provided they’re in a frivolous mood.

Disaster visits the TV shoot almost immediately when an extra at table 21 is struck in a crane accident, and it appears to be a fatal blow. No matter: Jose (Pepon Nieto) finally gets the call he’s »

- Ben Kenigsberg

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