The Big Kahuna

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Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics What's this?

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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

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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 persuadeTwo 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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Score distribution:
  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. Newsweek
    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 dialogue is loaded with depth charges that take a while to explode beneath the surface.
  4. While it's done well enough here - written smartly, staged crisply and acted to the hilt - it doesn't last, except as a brief virtuoso piece for three players.
  5. 60
    It doesn't have enough power in the first place to make a strong claim on our attentions.
  6. 50
    DeVito's low-key midlife crisis is consistently moving, but Spacey, saddled with the role of provocateur, is demonically boring.
  7. 30
    Feels more like Barry Levinson's "Tin Men" on Prozac.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 3, 2015
    6
    A dialogue-filled, steady movie. There's often depth in the discussions, and other than that, some very clever, ironic, fun things said byA dialogue-filled, steady movie. There's often depth in the discussions, and other than that, some very clever, ironic, fun things said by Larry (Spacey). The topics slide together smoothly, one after another, which is the appeal of this movie I think. All in all, though, the matters of religion that were pushed in by the end of the movie didn't really appeal to me, and the movie in itself is about the connection/reactions between three men - and that's pretty much all there is to the plot. A good watch, good acting, but not really my type of movie all in all. Expand

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