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THE BIG BOUNCE
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 10/07/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"An unusual drama that follows the life of acting wannabe Gary, played with a strut and cocky demeanor by sometimes underappreciated Lochlyn Munro. Munro's best role has been as the jock in the first two SCARY MOVIE spoofs, but he takes on a more serious role in this unusual drama. Munro lands a parttime gig as a bouncer in a ritzy LA Club, run by the ubiquitous Lou Diamond Phillips. At first a laid back, nice All American guy who still calls his mother, Munro evolves into a thuggish, self-centered, cocaine snorting, alcohol swizzling tough guy. As his reputation grows, he is recruited by rival club owner Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster), a Russian mafia member. Phillips vows he'll get even with Munro for leaving him, and he does in a pretty predictable way. Ed Lauter is around as the fire marshal who ends up closing down Divoff's club, setting the scene for the movie's tragic finale.
The moral obviously is don't get greedy and don't leave your friends behind. Munro is appropriately effective, and Phillips is better than usual. Divoff chews up his brief scenes, and the glittery night club life of LA is caught, down to the massive lines who'll wait hours just to get into the club.
Not a classic, but an original theme given an okay delivery."