Big Night (1996) - Drama, Romance

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New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Campbell Scott
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 15 out of 93 found boring (16.12%)

One-line Reviews (39)

I was bored throughout.

Tony Shalhoub gives an intense performance as Primo, the chef who always strives for perfection in haute cuisine.

Even the scenes are either too long or pointless - see the scene where the two girlfriends interact just to throw in some more "messages".

this move look's boring af .

So plenty of kudos to those who've contributed to this engaging film.

The script is funny at times and slow at others.

BIG NIGHT is the utterly charming and richly entertaining sleeper of 1996 that nobody saw and it's really a shame.

This film could have doubled as a propaganda piece for italian food.

But of course as others have pointed out, it is not just about food, but about two brothers and their pride for Italian cuisine, which has little impact in a empty classical restaurant in Jersey Shore.

That's the remarkable thing as seen from my utilitarian, protestant perspective: The real, work-a-day world can be spontaneous and unexpected.

Leaves a bland taste in your mouth .

Plotwise, the film is a bit slow and visually not particularly striking.

Ian Holm, a stiff-limbed Englishman, plays here a loud, very animated, hot-tempered Italian entrepreneur with a seamless and wonderfully entertaining delivery of an Italian accent and Italian movements.

Warm, engaging drama with great character depth and development.

It success stems from the outstanding cast of talented performers to the compelling soundtrack to the immaculate editing and the scintillating cinematography.

Don't waste your time.

The brothers gamble, producing all the specialised dishes they know for the huge crowd expected to turn up for the musical event; the food still taking second place to the event, remember, as the guarantee of razzmatazz and entertainment gets them in on a primary level just so that they may be able to have the opportunity to come to realise that finer, lesser mainstream things can be just as, if not more, enjoyable when given the chance.

Later, inject some socialist message about the ugly businessman and his profit, than polish it with the shallow Christian slogans about brotherhood and empty stomachs.

However, it is also quite slow, and has no real resolution.

This is another enjoyable film where food is the common component that enables them to communicate.

It is very boring, and has no substance.

Despite sounding dreadfully dull, the entire movie is about two brothers who own a struggling restaurant and the preparations they make for a special dinner which will be attended by the singer, Louis Prima (King Louie's voice in Disney's Jungle Book).

As cliche as it sounds, you can almost feel the pasta dough, smell the basil and taste the marinara.

Nevertheless, "Big Night" is an enjoyable film, albeit a little slow at times, it can be funny and touching and expertly demonstrates the differences in cultures between Italy and the U.

There is a lot of attention given to the food and to its preparation, and the cinematography used to actually depict the meal (and the music superimposed onto it) is fantastically enjoyable.

Other than that the film was pleasant and enjoyable!

Boring .

Even though it was a little slow, Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub are phenomenal (why there was no Oscar nominations I'll never know).

And after that, and the timpano, and the soup, and each course loudly announced by the white on black title cards, we get a slow dolly that unveils each dinner guest at the table, completely stuffed, and Gabriella and Cristiano the waiter swiveling on the spot to soft piano.

Working from a screenplay written by Tucci and Joseph Tropiano (Tucci's cousin), directors Tucci and Scott deliver a thoroughly engaging and entertaining film, a little gem that is worth any number of Hollywood blockbusters put together.

It touches on a lot of things I find fascinating.

A low-key and highly entertaining indie comedy about two brothers (Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub) trying to make a go of their Italian restaurant without losing their cultural identity in the process.

It is touching and humorous and very compelling.

Big Night is the utterly charming and richly entertaining sleeper of 1996 that nobody saw and it's really a shame.

It's a huge boredom, with flat characters… The only good moments are the few scenes with Isabella and Minnie: they are cute in this fifties fashion, they have the most interesting parts and we understand their situation… and it's funny to see that they are the tallest people among those small Italian males so that's surely the fact that will stay for this useless movie!

The brothers have very few customers, a local American couple early on sit in an empty restaurant and there is generally a sense of the couple getting mixed up in what they want; what they're ultimately ordering and the changes the female participant of the couple feels ought to be made to the dish she wants, thus highlighting the apparent ignorance the Americans possess as to what is considered by the central characters and the film itself as cuisine of a genuinely high order.

but their restaurant business is going nowhere.

Big Night is a reasonable time waster and its occasional moments of humour do enough to relieve the boredom that might otherwise set in, but for the most part it is as dull as its horribly unimaginative title forebodes.

I was surprised to find the film engaging.