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Big Trouble (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 5 April 2002 (USA)
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The lives of several Miami denizens, from ad agents to gunrunners to street thugs to law enforcement to school-children, intersect with humorous and dangerous results.


Barry Sonnenfeld


Dave Barry (novel), Robert Ramsey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Eliot Arnold
Rene Russo ... Anna Herk
Stanley Tucci ... Arthur Herk
Tom Sizemore ... Snake Dupree
Johnny Knoxville ... Eddie Leadbetter
Dennis Farina ... Henry Desalvo
Jack Kehler ... Leonard Ferroni
Janeane Garofalo ... Police Officer Monica Romero
Patrick Warburton ... Police Officer Walter Kramitz
Ben Foster ... Matt Arnold
Zooey Deschanel ... Jenny Herk
Heavy D ... FBI Agent Pat Greer (as Dwight 'Heavy D' Myers)
Omar Epps ... FBI Agent Alan Seitz
Jason Lee ... Puggy
Sofía Vergara ... Nina


A chain of events starts with the arrival of a mysterious suitcase in Miami. Arthur Herk, a corrupt business owner, wants to get his hands on the case. At the same time, two hit men want him whacked. Tired of his constant fixation on drinking and television, Herk's wife Anna and daughter Jenny decide to find new love interests in divorced dad Eliot Arnold and his son Matt. To add more complication, two thieves decide to steal the case and lead a Miami police team and two FBI agents on a wild goose chase that ends inside the Miami airport terminal. Written by Michael Ji <jekimerider310@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Comedy From the Director of "Get Shorty" and "Men in Black" See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, crude humor and sex-related, material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belea mare în Miami See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,545,204, 7 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,262,288, 16 June 2002
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Technical Specs


| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Johnny Knoxville also appeared in Men in Black II the same year. Both films are directed by Barry Sonnenfield. See more »


The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act was enacted in 1985. Bruce's party of 4 shouldn't be smoking in the restaurant at all. See more »


Eliot Arnold: Arthur Herk. One of the few Floridians who was NOT confused when he voted for Pat Buchanan.
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Alternate Versions

DVD includes a condensed 7 minute 49 second-long edition of the film focusing on scenes containing important plot points. See more »


References Men in Black (1997) See more »


The Orange and Blue
Written by Thornton Allen and George Hamilton
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One of the funniest movies of all time!
10 February 2004 | by PookyiscuteSee all my reviews

Big Trouble is most assuredly one of the funniest movies ever produced, written and directed. An all-star cast, in my opinion. Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Ben Foster, Dennis Farina, Stanley Tucci, Janeane Garrafolo, and Tom Sizemore all star in this laugh out loud comedy about how a (seemingly) easy hit-job goes terribly awry. This movie is so funny and the subject matter is so easy to follow, however, very difficult to write about, because without giving the movie away as far as what the plot is and how it ends, you can't really tell what it's about. But, Allen and Tucci are funnier than ever. Tucci is one of the best character actors, you always believe he is who he's playing, and Allen is just always good at delivering those quick-witted lines. Ben and Zooey are also very good in their apathetic performances and the kid from "The New Guy" and "Road Trip" is also funny in the few scenes which he is in. I really dislike Dennis Farina and Rene Russo in most films, but in this they both are extremely likeable and make me forget how bad they are usually. It's not so much that they're normally bad, but they always have the same performance in every role that they play. However, these two roles that they play suite their personalities better. Jason Lee was also one of the stars, who is always good in everything that he does, even in the worst movie ever made, 'Vanilla Sky', he was extremely good. At the beginning of the movie he's sitting in front of the camera talking and it makes him appear as though he is Jesus. But, it's not as sacreligeous as it may sound. The lines that are delivered by everyone are hilarious and fast. That was the other thing about this movie that was really well done. The fastness of the speech. The director was really smart in having everyone deliver their lines as quickly as they could, I've seen this done in a couple of other movies, the most specific one that comes to mind is 'Brain Donors'. Some of the movie is realistic, for example the scene in which Farina is eating in a restaurant. If you've seen the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about. I enjoyed this movie a great deal, and I've seen it twice now. I hope everyone watches it, because they don't make movies this funny anymore, and they really should. Cynical, and dry were two words that come to mind. I hope you check it out because it's a definite 10 out of 10. See ya at the movies!

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