Life's a Pitch
The Big Kahuna -- Revision Notes

Review by Ross Anthony

Ross Anthony's Revision Notes:

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Ultimately the movie is about character, honesty, and friendship. Though Larry barks about it all film, Phil is given the privilege of hammering the message home at the film's climax. Which is all well and fine, I just thought Phil went a little long. This concept of "pitch," be it God or lubricants, necessarily steals from a conversation its sincerity, is a good one. I love it. But then to go on about character, just so that we will better understand the subtle last shot of Larry and Bob - was a tad much. I'd rather be left wondering. Additionally, Phil's big speech leaves us feeling happy about him, whereas all movie we were worried about him. I don't think it would distract from the message if we stayed worried about him - in fact, just another reminder of his depression would have fit nicely between the smug speech and "love you too" phone call from Larry (which was a nice touch). But this is a petty tweak. The film is very good.

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  • The Big Kahuna. Copyright © 2000. Rated R.
  • Starring Kevin Spacey, Danny Devito, Peter Facinelli.
  • Directed by John Swanbeck
  • Written by Roger Rueff
  • Produced by Elie Samaha, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Stevens at trigger street/franchise/lions gate.


Copyright © 2000. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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