The Big Picture (1989) - Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Film school grad Nick Chapman thought his career was made after his award winning short film, but discovered Hollywood wasn't as easy as it seems.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 2 out of 43 found boring (4.65%)

One-line Reviews (13)

The comments by Guest and Bacon in the Extra Features section (evidently made years after the movie's release) are entertaining as well, adding another level of behind-the-scenes to this behind-the-scenes flick.

The most compelling character is actually Lydia who reconnects with the movie for a short while in the last third.

No story, no originality, and enough bad insider jokes to make you cry.

His project succeeds and is worth watching: Guest's does not.

Entertaining If Somewhat Over-the-Top Expo of Hollywood: "The Player" Meets "Play it Again, Sam" .

Big Picture is a likable if slow at times Hollywood tale.

Kevin Bacon and his character's storyline are compelling and involving.

Indeed, the more you understand about the Hollywood movie-making process, the more interesting and entertaining this film is.

Entertaining look at a bizarre cast of characters in oddball situations.

Walsh was very good as well, as the fatuous studio head, and the gag at the end where the young director's career is revived was very enjoyable.

This movie has some slow moments, and I found the idea that Kevin Bacon's character, an aspiring directory, would leave his girlfriend (played by Emily Longstreth) for a bimbo-actress (played by Teri Hatcher and one of the film's weakest characters) pretty unconvincing.

In general, I found the bimbo-actress subplot poorly done, and this was the slowest part of the movie.

I think she's the most fascinating character in this movie, I can't understand why she was out of movies five years after this, she is just magnificent here.