The Big Kahuna (2000)

THE BIG KAHUNA is a big bore.  This stage play-based, three char-
acter drama stars Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Peter Facinelli 
(SUPERNOVA) as industrial lubricant salesmen stuck in a hospital-
ity suite in Wichita, Kansas.  DeVito is the old, sad pro, Facin-
elli is the naive newbie, and Spacey is their antagonistic, fast-
talking foil.  He's also the film's centerpiece, given the lion's 
share of the meaty and often expletive-laced dialogue.  (Butt-wip-
ing as humility-bringing, that women were created to show when men 
are acting like a-holes, etc.)  And, yet it's *DeVito* who comes 
off as the MVP.  The kid's nearly a non-presence and Spacey sounds 
like a stage actor delivering a string of monologues.  Halfway 
through and tired of trying to tune into the Kevmeister's blah 
blah blah, I left and didn't look back.  Watch AMERICAN BEAUTY a-
gain if you need your fix...  John Swanbeck directed, reportedly 
in a mere sixteen days of filming.  Roger Rueff wrote the script,  
from his play "The Hospitality Suite."  (Rated "R"/90 min.)

Grade: W/O

Copyright 2000 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: May 21, 2000

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