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Big Trouble (1986)

 -  Comedy  -  30 May 1986 (USA)
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Insurance agent plots with client to kill her nutty husband.

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The "Warren Bogle" billing name of the film's screen-writer is really a pseudonym for writer-director Andrew Bergman who wrote the script and was the film's original director. Vincent Canby in 'The New York Times' wrote: "Even the pseudonym Warren Bogle evokes the presence of Miss May [screenwriter Elaine May], who has made [writing] contributions (some more openly acknowledged than others) to the films of Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait (1978), Reds (1981)) and is currently directing him in Ishtar (1987)). She would certainly appreciate the reference to Charles Bogle, one of the pseudonyms adopted by W.C. Fields when he wrote his own screenplays, but then perhaps the name was Mr. Bergman's choice". See more »

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unusual Cassavetes style comedy
11 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is a demanding comedy, because much of the humor depends on references to classic films, and will be lost to someone who is not familiar with them. It does have many incredibly funny scenes on its own right, and some great performance bits.

Plus Beverly D'Angelo is gorgeous and very funny both.

See some later reviews for relevent films, and consider seeing the referenced films first to appreciate the humor more. Without understanding the references and parodies of this film-maker's comedy though, it might be confusing.

Also consider seeing some of Cassavetes work first, to get an idea of what he is usually about. This film melds his own idosyncratic style with a more mainstream American comic style, but has the timing and structure of Godard film.

Big Trouble is a a reteaming of some of the acting same talent that made the incredibly funny The In-Laws. It is much more surrealistic and avant-garde, being directed by that greatest of American directors John Cassavetes. Like the films he himself scripted, it is more character than plot driven. Cassavetes is exploring something in this film; it is not a consistently drop-down funny flim like The In-Laws, nor is the action as suspenseful and spine-tingling, but it has some incredibly funny moments, including one of the funniest scenes ever put on film (try some sardine liquor). Not to be missed by Cassavetes fans or die-hard In-Laws fans who want more.

Someone looking for an easy to watch straight-ahead comedy or action/adventure film, however, might be disappointed.


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