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  • Summary: Two veteran industrial lubricant salesmen (Danny DeVito and Kevin Spacey) attempt to break-in their enthusiastic young colleague (Peter Pacinelli) while sharing old stories in a hospitality suite at an annual manufacturer's convention in Wichita. All the while they hope they can persuade Dick Fuler, the "Big Kahuna," to place the mother of all orders which could revive their company's pitiful sales. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. A drama of extraordinary power and insight with dazzling performances from not only Spacey but also Danny DeVito (who may well be at his best ever) and from newcomer Peter Facinelli.
  2. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    80
    It is an intense study of the human condition, and man's relationship with God, aka the Big Kahuna.
  3. The most totally appealing and seemingly heartfelt performance of (DeVito's) career.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    It's no meal, but it'll tide you over.
  5. 60
    The Big Kahuna -- for its superb performances -- wants to be too much, but is about too little, working better as a series of fine monologues than as a cohesive story, the film's makers trapped somewhere between potential and reality, deal unclosed.
  6. Forgive me for being underwhelmed.
  7. 30
    Feels more like Barry Levinson's "Tin Men" on Prozac.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8

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