starring Tim Allen, Omar Epps, Dennis Farina, Ben Foster
screenplay by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone, based on the novel by Dave Barry
directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
by Walter Chaw My opinion of Dave Barry is that as an essayist, he's no P.J. O'Rourke, and as a novelist, he's no Carl Hiaasen--anyone who agrees to have Harry Anderson play him on a weekly sitcom is begging to have his work re-evaluated through that prism. And yet Barry Sonnenfeld's Big Trouble, the long-delayed (because of 9/11) adaptation of Barry's novel of the same name, is, despite a slow opening featuring just too much of Tim Allen, frenetic and often hilarious--facts likely obscured by an understandable squeamishness in this climate towards mocking airline security and the easy acquisition of weapons of mass destruction.