Big Trouble

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Big Trouble (Touchstone Movie)

“Big Trouble” is a comedy film released in 2002, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and produced by Touchstone Pictures. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Dave Barry.

The story revolves around a group of eccentric characters whose paths cross in a series of hilarious and chaotic events. The main plot centers on Eliot Arnold, played by Tim Allen, a divorced father and struggling columnist who finds himself entangled in a dangerous and absurd situation.

One day, while waiting at the airport to pick up his daughter, Eliot accidentally switches suitcases with a mysterious man named Arthur Herk, portrayed by Stanley Tucci. Unbeknownst to Eliot, the suitcase contains a nuclear bomb that has been stolen by a group of bumbling criminals.

As the criminals try to retrieve the bomb, chaos ensues as a motley crew of characters gets involved, including a pair of inept hitmen played by Dennis Farina and Jack Kehler, a love-struck teenager portrayed by Ben Foster, and a sultry snake charmer played by Sofia Vergara.

Amidst the madness, Eliot must also deal with his ex-wife, portrayed by Rene Russo, and her new husband, a police officer played by Patrick Warburton, who becomes suspicious of Eliot’s involvement in the unfolding mayhem.

Throughout the film, the characters find themselves in one ridiculous situation after another, leading to a climax of uproarious chaos that involves car chases, misunderstandings, and a carnival parade.

“Big Trouble” is a quirky and fast-paced comedy that blends elements of crime, slapstick humor, and satire. It’s a lighthearted and entertaining film that keeps the audience engaged with its witty dialogue and zany antics.

The film features a talented ensemble cast, with Tim Allen delivering his trademark comedic performance as the hapless protagonist, and Stanley Tucci adding a touch of menace and charm as the enigmatic Arthur Herk. The supporting cast adds to the comedic flair of the film, with each character contributing to the overall chaos and hilarity.

While “Big Trouble” may not be a critical favorite, it has its own charm and appeal for fans of screwball comedies and those who enjoy a fun-filled and farcical romp. The film captures the spirit of Dave Barry’s novel and offers a light-hearted escape for audiences looking for a good laugh.

Additional Details


  • Tim Allen: Eliot Arnold
  • Rene Russo: Anna Herk
  • Stanley Tucci: Arthur Herk
  • Ben Foster: Matt Arnold
  • Zooey Deschanel: Jenny Herk
  • Tom Sizemore and Johnny Knoxville: Snake Dupree and Eddie Leadbetter
  • Dennis Farina and Jack Kehler: Henry Desalvo and Leonard Ferroni
  • Janeane Garofalo: Officer Monica Romero
  • Patrick Warburton: Officer Walter Kramitz
  • Heavy D and Omar Epps: Special Agents Pat Greer and Alan Seitz
  • Jason Lee: Puggy
  • Sofía Vergara: Nina
  • Michael McShane: Bruce
  • DJ Qualls: Andrew Ryan
  • Andy Richter: Jack Pendick


  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Producers: Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Josephson and Tom Jacobson
  • Screenplay: Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone

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