|THE BIG PICTURE (director/writer: Christopher Guest; screenwriters: Michael McKean, Michael Varhol; cinematographer: Jeff Jur; editor: Marty Nicholson; music: David Nichtern; cast: Fran Drescher (Polo Habel), Teri Hatcher (Gretchen), Kevin Bacon (Nick Chapman), Emily Longstreth (Susan Rawlings), J.T. Walsh (Allen Habel), Fran Drescher (Polo Habel), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Lydia Johnson), Martin Short (Nick's Agent), Michael McKean (Emmet Sumner), .John Cleese (Bartender), Elliott Gould Attorney), Stephen Collins (Attorney), Eddie Albert (M.C.), June Lockhart (Janet Kingsley), Kim Miyori (Jenny Sumner), Roddy McDowall (Judge), Tracy Brooks Swope (Lori Pressman); Runtime: 112; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Michael Varhol; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; 1989)|
|"A genial and funny satire/comedy
about an up-and-coming student filmmaker."
by Dennis Schwartz
auspicious feature film debut for Christopher Guest
("The Best in Show"/"For Your Consideration"/"A
Mighty Wind"). He and co-writer Michael McKean were
co-writers on This is Spinal Tap. Also co-writing is Michael
Varhol. The movie works best when it's
Emily Longstreth costars as Bacon's good vibe live-in architect girlfriend, who shows a lot of common sense.
To witness the sleaze and hypocrisies of Hollywood is a treat. Cameos range from Eddie Albert to Elliott Gould.
This was one of the final films David Puttnam made for Columbia.
REVIEWED ON 3/18/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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