The Big Kahuna (1999) - Drama, Comedy

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Two veteran salesmen dissect a sales pitch to a particular client, through their young protégé.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: John Swanbeck
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 20 out of 156 found boring (12.82%)

One-line Reviews (87)

The intense emotions in this movie are extremely realistic!!

This is a very ideologically riveting concept that the film "The Big Kahuna" purveys!!

I found the movie to be very entertaining, funny, and full of thought provoking words.

The dialog was bland.

" I'd rather see an unsuccessful thinking person's movie than a successful empty-headed one.

All three of them give quality performances, but the movie is incapable, by its very nature, of engaging an audience at all.

98 percent of the movie takes place in the terribly boring hotel room, which makes you want to sleep, the overall pace of the film does so even more.

I have never before experienced this kind of atmosphere and interesting development in a seemingly slow, or even boring, movie.

In addition, Kevin Spacey with his wonderful performance and entertaining sense of humor and wit made this movie a must-see.

Danny DeVito, Kevin Spacey and Peter Facinelli deliver stunning performances, with nary a glitch.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Good, but boring movie .

But this is a little too slow.

The characters were easily forgettable and the whole movie moves at a snail's pace.

The movie has a problem, it's boring.

The importance to acknowledge the errors committed in order to improve the character and just listening to other people's points of view, the difference between a real dialog and just propaganda.

I found his character to be very engaging and interesting.

Even though it was an enjoyable little film, I did think that it could have used a better story line.

It's also based on a play in fact and it features the type of dialog and slow progressing story you could expect from it.

The acting skill and technique of Danny deVito and Kevin Spacey stand out loud and clear in every frame and word of the puzzling dull character study of people no one cares about.

Beyond this the script -- based on the play The Hospitality Suite -- is simply engrossing as well as psychologically and even spiritually, very deep.

But he had a great road map in trying to create a dull film: the script.

Boring, you say?

" But anyone else, anyone that has spent more than ten minutes in the real world merely yawns at.

Each actor turns in a stunning performance, with Spacey basically reprising the role he played in Glengarry Glen Ross.

The location for the film was exactingly placed in a bland hotel in bland Wichita, Kansas, a worthy stand-in metaphor for the nothingness of existence where the great things of life are in very short supply for these two good friends who are impatiently waiting for the fabled company president Dick Fuller to arrive to provide that life saving big sale that would give them new purpose and reason to feel good about themselves again.

This is the best piece of acting that I've seen in a long while, with some really snappy dialogue that just doesn't let up.

the end result however really isn't as good, due to its very uninteresting writing.

The Big Bore .

Pretentious, DULL, overblown claptrap .

What makes the story intriguing is the cutting dialogue lobbed with perfection by its players that manage to raise it above a watered down David Mamet parable about men bonding (and unbonding as the case remains) and the cunning skill it takes to be a businessman and shirking one's individuality for the almighty buck.

Spacey's performance is stunning...

A pompous and empty film.

my boyfriend & i both kept falling asleep.

This movie has a brilliant script and is definitely worth watching if you like intellectually stimulating movies.

I fell asleep (in an afternoon matinee!!!

The only fun you might have out of this movie is the conversations for there is no storyline in the usual meaning of this term.

This is a talky, pretentious film that actors love and audiences ignore.

It consisted of unmeaningful speeches that were irrelevant and out and out boring.

In short, this film was captivating, engrossing and of supreme quality.

or perhaps engage in some entertaining pyrotechnics.

I can also see how many could find this whole thing tiresome and boring.

I can't understand why someone would make themselves that blind to life and, most of all, that boring.

Worst movie ever .

But it was riveting storytelling that made sure I stuck it through to the end to find out.

For some, this movie might seem quite boring.

This movie is supposed to be some kind of Bly Workshop, but instead is kind of dull, and a good way to kill an hour and a half.

we fell asleep .

it was so unbelievably boring!

For that reason alone, I would have enjoyed it.

The dialogue unabashedly strips the characters naked to show the ironies and hypocrisies inherent in their strategies for establishing meaning in the machinations of mundane lives.

Action junkies will be bored to tears.

The story of salesmen trying to make the big sale, is engrossing and entertaining.

wonderful, unexpected movie .

' Sounds exciting, huh?

The script lifts this film into several intense confrontations.

It compensates itself by the acting and the intense dialog that never seems to even pause.

The result of these colliding ideologies is a more exciting, edge-of-your-seat experience than a thriller or action movie.

Some highlights, but in the long run a boring movie.

Such is the composition of "Kahuna", a claustrophobic and shallow dialogue-intensive flick which even the combined talents of DeVito and Spacey can't salvage.

Easily the worst movie I ever saw.

Despite the fact that most scenes occur in one room, and there are only three main actors, the film is gripping and never bores.

The performances by Kevin Spacey and Danny Devito were excellent and the characters very intriguing.

) several times-- and felt like I had been drugged, this movie was so stupefyingly, butt-numbingly DULL.

The irony and sarcasm oozing in the dialogue between Spacey and the other two makes this film very much worth watching.

It starts out like a funny Glengary Glen Ross, but quickly turns into a fascinating discourse on faith and vocation.

Religious people are the most boring people of all.

It's the kind of play that would probably be absorbing if you saw it in a small community theater, but on screen, it's boring.

Combined with an outstanding script, this makes for one of the most intellectually engaging and brilliantly acted performances in this genre.

The serious and soft tone of DiVito, Facinelli's kind and naive portrayal of "Bob" and Spacey's dead pan delivery's throughout make the dialog powerful and riveting.

The Big Kahuna is compelling, as long as you don't mind talky comedy-dramas.

Still, if you're in mood for a talky but entertaining film, Big Kahuna is worth a rental.

If you are looking for engaging human interaction see "The Big Kahuna".

The Big Kahuna is a pretentious, preachy, overblown film.

The end is stunning with Bob, the religious young man outmanoeuvring the experienced Larry (Kevin Spacey) and Phil (Danny de Vito).

In "Other People's Money and "Ruthless People," he played a well-to-do man, either married or involved with women significantly taller than he - but never, for even a moment, did you notice his height, and he was as believable, realistic and engaging in his characterizations, as would have been Michael Douglas, Kevin Kostner, Kevin Kline or even Pitt or Clooney.

That might tell you something about the pace and direction of this dreary film.

Liking it means you're going to be able to find Spacey's ironic patter to be more than empty flourish, the greenhorn not to be unbelievable and annoying as a character (a religious idealist in sales must be like finding a puritan call-girl), while preferably getting something out of the philosophical discussion pitched to us as deep.

It is an intriguing look into the lives of cooperate pitchmen with interesting discussions about religion, God and what friendship truly is.

"Kahuna" ends up being an entertaining film while "Andre" was astounding.

"The Big Kahuna" is a compelling character piece, the lion's share of which takes place within the confines of a hotel suite; three salesman stressing over a potential client.

:) This movie is really low rated; it deserves a 7,5 even if you find it boring..

It's entertaining to see a film about a contest of ideas.

a big waste of time...

It's really intense to watch the ideals of Spacey and Facinelli clash.

This movie is a good date movie, because when you fall asleep your date can shake you and say "Hey, wake up, the show's not over!

But then, add in the snappy and interesting dialogue and (despite the monotony of location) the variety of camera angles and the expertise of the actors and this movie was a masterpiece.