Coming out of Italy's deep south, the new hot spot for lowbrow, low-budget laffers, chase comedy "The Big Bang" tastes too much like stale potatoes to pull in the big auds it aims for. Obvious plot twines around five soccer buddies who win the lottery, only to discover one of them has made off with the $ 43 million winning ticket. After a promising first film ("A Thousand Blue Bubbles") and sophomore stumble ("Waiters"), young helmer Leone Pompucci here hits a commercial and artistic dead end.

Coming out of Italy’s deep south, the new hot spot for lowbrow, low-budget laffers, chase comedy “The Big Bang” tastes too much like stale potatoes to pull in the big auds it aims for. Obvious plot twines around five soccer buddies who win the lottery, only to discover one of them has made off with the $ 43 million winning ticket. After a promising first film (“A Thousand Blue Bubbles”) and sophomore stumble (“Waiters”), young helmer Leone Pompucci here hits a commercial and artistic dead end.

Stuffed with the lowest Italian obsessions, pic ranges from broad slapstick to facile irony and silly love scenes, all overlaid with co-scripter/composer Paolo Rossi’s mocking music. Quintet is the usual assortment of losers. A hot-blooded coffee shop owner (Carlo Buccirosso) boils over when he discovers his pal (Emilio Solfrizzi) is having an affair with his wife. A school bus driver (Alessandro Di Carlo) idolizes an ex-pro soccer star (Claudio Amendola), who’s the one who skips town with the ticket. And a schoolteacher (co-scripter Gennaro Nunziante) shuns wedlock to stay close to Mama. The hot pursuit from Bari to Venice barely raises a laugh.

The Big Bang

(ITALY)

Production

A Cecchi Gori Distribuzione release of a Cecchi Gori Group production. Produced by Vittorio Cecchi Gori. Executive producers, Bruno Altissimi, Claudio Saraceni. Directed by Leone Pompucci. Screenplay, Gennaro Nunziante, Paolo Rossi, Pompucci. Camera (color), Massimo Pau; editor, Mauro Bonanni; music, Rossi; production designer, Maurizio Marchitelli, Enzo De Camillis; costume designer, Gianna Gissi. Reviewed at Quirinale Cinema, Rome, April 7, 2000. Original title: Il grande botto. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

With: Carlo Buccirosso, Emilio Solfrizzi, Alessandro Di Carlo, Gennaro Nunziante, Francesca Nunzi, Claudio Amendola.

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