Danny Devito, Peter Facinelli and Kevin Spacey
by: John Swanbeck
by: Roger Rueff
bad Kevin Spacey is this huge star now. Because if he wasn't
this movie would have received the accolades it truly deserves.
It is not another Buddy Ackerman ( from Swimming W/Sharks-
an older Spacey flick) as one half witted critic spewed in some
large paper. Did she see either movie was my first thought.
story is nonchalant. Three guys who work together meet in a
rather small room. One, Phil (Danny "Talent? Here's yer
talent babee" Devito) is seeing his life in full light
and wants something more than the annual "Lubricant Salesman
of the Year" award. Another, new to the ways of a true
salesman, Bob (Peter "Paully Purebred" Facinelli),
would rather have a chit chat about Jesus than bother with an
issue of Penthouse or volley about any issues that ultimately
build one's character. The third is a whirlwind of a chap Larry
Mann. Larry (Kevin "Sharpei" Spacey) seems ready to
burst with a Mt. Vesuvius subtlety.
three have all come to the career-building-deal-making-capital-of-America...Wichita.
They are to hoping to bag a big account. Their plan? To throw
a manly mixer of cocktails and small talk to snare one Mr. Fuller
into a large purchase of lubricant. Thusly, land their Lodestar
company a big coo and you get the feeling from Larry
at least save their jobs at the same time.
Mr. Fuller, so it would seem, didn't make the soirée.
Or did he?
it. That's the plot. If you like Eugene O'Neill or William Saroyan's
style of "a day with the regular folks" this will
also amaze you. Not what you'd call a big movie. It's
for people who like chatty looks at life. Which I evidently
Sure, I adore Spacey but I never fib! If The Big Kahuna
bit the big keilbasa or reeked of rotting chow mein in the
second fridge drawer, I'd fess up and let the Armani wearing
academy sweet heart have it double barrell just like any other,
see. TBK is however, one of Spacey's finest jobs to date.
Devito also shines within each frame. Nice to see him do something
worthy again. I was all ticked offat that hideous Screwed...he
needed redemption. He got it. A big ol' chiliburger with extra
fries portion of redemption.
also a fresh face among da boyz; Peter Facinelli. He plays Mr.
Nondescript - milk-toast Bob Walker. Scarier than any smooth
talkin killer I've seen on screen in a long time. What's his
crime? Oblivion. One of those holier than thou types who just
doesn't get it. That whole when you get right into it 'your
precisely what you hate' theme.
set is gloriously understated. Not for budget consciousness,
but because it happens to be precisely attune to the goings
on around the principles. Big Kahuna is a stage play
made into a movie...successfully.
Please, please see this movie. Don't let the hubbub of Kevin's
stardom or the inexplicably incorrect dissections of this film
keep you away.
girly-girl point though....Kev looks like he's starved! Doesn't
that chickbabe he's been living with cook? I'll cook for him.
Big vats of homemade love stew! Fatten him up real good.
Sans poundage aside Spacey is still one of America's finest
Recommendation: Shrimp and cheese balls for us and high
protein/carb shakes for Mr. Spacey please.