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Big Night

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Big Night

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
107 minutes
performer:
Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney
director:
Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
distributor:
Columbia Tri-Star
author:
Stanley Tucci
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A

With its colors looking a shade blanched and its edges carved away to fit squarish TV screens, Big Night now feels more like a stellar home-cooked meal than the four-star-restaurant feast it was in theaters. But heated over crudely or not, this dish mustn’t be missed. It’s served up unforgettably by Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci), first- and second-born Italian brothers trying to save their restaurant without selling their souls in a 1950s New Jersey shore town. They figure if they can get singer Louis Prima to pay them a publicity-generating visit, the Paradise’s troubles will be history. Although they get a dispiriting lesson in American conniving, they discover something else: They’re loved because they love creating oh-my-God-this-is-good food. The lesson makes watching Night near a kitchen distracting, but whether you watch on a full stomach or in a state of salivation, a loosened-belt contentment will be yours when it’s done. A

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