Synopsis: Salesmen enjoy carrot sticks and deep, existential conversations at manufacturing convention in Des Moines.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) and Danny DeVito star in this humorous story of three industrial lubricant salesmen at a convention where anything can happen and careers can be made or ruined on a handshake.”
What Did I Learn?: Chopped veggies and ranch dressing make for a piss-poor substitute for shrimp in a hospitality suite.
You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoy watching a good sales pitch.
Really?: I realize salesmen like to use a person’s name when addressing them, but it was “Bob” this, and “Bob” that, whenever Spacey or DeVito addressed Peter Facinelli’s character, and it got annoying quickly.
Rating: The Big Kahuna is a smart, well-written (well, aside from all the “Bob”’s), character-driven little movie with only three characters. Facinelli does a decent job as a religious greenhorn marketing puke, but Spacey and DeVito are fantastic as a couple of hard-driven, yet world-weary sales reps who have seen it all. 8.5/10 stars.