The Big Kahuna

Theatrical Release: April 28, 2000
The Big Kahuna


Set in a hospitality suite in a Wichita hotel, the story focuses on three marketing reps trying to make an important sale for a manufacturer of industrial lubricants. If they are successful, it could result in the biggest contract of their careers. The cynical, but decent Larry (Kevin Spacey) and Phil (Danny DeVito), his partner of twelve years, are not warming up to their new colleague, the religious and completely honest Bob (Peter Facinelli). They find him too pious and therefore a threat to the attainment of their mission. But through a series of plot developments, they are forced to depend upon Bob to deliver the account.

Dove Review

The film, which is based on the award-winning play “Hospitality Suite,” is extremely theatrical in its adaptation, and perhaps a bit too stagy for many moviegoers, but its subject matter deals with people’s spirituality, ethics, and morality while on the job. Due to the misuse of God’s name, I cannot recommend it for family viewing, but as a Christian the film reminded me not to be judgmental. Sometimes we forget to practice Christ’s most important commandments – love God and love each other. Personally, I’d like to become more proficient at those two charges. They could well help me with all the other biblical decrees.

The film also talks insightfully about character. Listening to the canny dialogue, I realized that although God forgives us for our past iniquities, often it is impossible for us to forget the shame of past deeds. But maybe we aren’t supposed to forget. Maybe being remorseful of past wrongs leads to character development. In other words, being able to forgive ourselves doesn’t necessarily mean the pain of past wrongdoings will be completely driven from our minds. That’s merely a theory, but fortunately, I know one thing for sure – God does forget as well as forgive – “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12. What a God we have!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Several crude sexual comments and conversations.
Language: GD-5; J-9; Swear to G-1; F-10; S-6; SOB-2; A-5; slang for genitalia-2; two comical statements about Jesus border on being blasphemous.
Violence: A brief scuffle breaks out between Bob and Larry, but Phil breaks it up.
Drugs: Phil smokes several times as do several miscellaneous characters; Larry drinks several times but the other two leads do not.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Roger Rueff
Director: John Swanbeck
Producer: Kevin Spacey
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright