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Big Trouble Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    With all its misfires, though, and with a Strangelovian twist that's a dud, Big Trouble remains a reasonably pleasant way to spend an hour and a half and still get change.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The script is consistently humorous, even if a few punch lines are predictable and the wit is neither highbrow nor split-a-gut funny.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    With a cast of characters so large that Robert Altman would feel at home, Big Trouble manages to do a lot of clever little things and generate quite a few big laughs without wearing out its welcome.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There are stretches of big fun in Big Trouble, and little pleasures too.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Sharp, funny movie for high schoolers and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has comic violence (no one badly hurt), including shooting and scuffles. Characters lie, cheat, steal, smoke, drink, and use bad language. There are comic sexual situations (including a foot fetishist) and brief non-sexual nudity. The scenes involving airport security and a bomb on a plane, the reason the movie's release was delayed after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, may cause more twinges than laughter. The movie is at the upper end of the PG-13 rating, closer to an R.

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Matt and Eliot and between Jenny and her mother and step-father. They should also talk about the decision faced by the film-makers following September 11. Should they have changed the story, in addition to delaying the release?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Comic peril, shooting, some injuries

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and humor, brief nudity, toe-licking scene

  • language false5

    Language: Strong language for a PG-13

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke