Las Vegas Film Society

The Big Picture

Adult situations/humor/brief nudity
Directed By: Christopher Guest
Written by: Christopher Guest, Michael Mc Kean, Michael Varhol
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Emily Longstreth, Martin Short,
Jennifer Jason Leigh, J.T. Walsh, Michael Mc Kean, Teri Hatcher

For those of you who haven’t seen “The Big Picture”, I wouldn’t be surprised. When it was first released in 1989, it only made about $117,000. Now, If this had come out today, I think it would have at least been a minor hit. “The Big Picture” is Christopher Guest’s little opus-actually it’s his first film.

For those of you who don’t know who Christopher Guest is, you probably have been stranded on a desert island or you haven’t seen a little film called “This is Spinal Tap”. Christopher Guest is not only part of Spinal Tap, but has also acted in numerous movies and has directed highly praised films, such as “Waiting For Guffman” and “Best In Show”.

The Big Picture can best be described as a “State and Main”. Kevin Bacon plays Nick Chapman, a recent film school graduate. Who just won a film award and is than approached by studio executive Allen Habel(J.T. Walsh). Allen thinks Nick has what it takes to make it into Hollywood, While Nick just wants to make his ‘dream movie’ everyone else wants to make a movie for him. He than soon realizes Hollywood isn’t what it seems.

While people have seen Guest’s other two films, they STILL haven’t seen this one, which they are really missing a ‘true gem’ of a movie. While this movie does have a huge cast(see above) this also has numerous cameo performances by such actors as Fran Drescher, June Lockhart, Roddy McDowall, John Cleese, Elliot Gould, Dan Schneider.

I will also say that this is one of maybe even the best performances by Martin Short ever! Plus those of you who are J.T. Walsh fans will love him in this role. Plus you have Teri Hatcher scantily dressed and in some shots sexy lingerie. Jennifer Jason Leigh is equally talented in her role.

This is one top notch comedy. If you love Hollywood, this is one movie you must see. I mean where else are you going to see dancing Pez dispensers and thimbles. This is by far one movie that shouldn’t be missed and a movie you might just end up quoting on a daily basis-like I tend to do. While this movie is available on VHS(yuck) and might even be hard to locate it at your video store, you should try to see this movie! I’m just hoping who ever owns this movie now that they do a stellar special edition on DVD.

Closing thoughts-SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!

-John Steffens

Another proud member of the Emperor family.