The Big Tease (1999)

R   |    |  Comedy


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Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin... See full summary »


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25 January 2000 | brvhrt-4
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| The little movie that does
I had not heard about THE BIG TEASE before I saw it. I was not familiar with its star, Craig Ferguson. My expectations, therefore, were fairly low. What a nice surprise this movie turned out to be. It feels like a small movie, but delivers big laughs. The cast features a perfect mixture of unknowns, believable character actors, and unexpected cameos. The story is well-paced for a running time no longer than it needs to be (now THAT's refreshing). The Scottish dialect can be hard to decipher for the untrained ear, so a few punch lines fall flat. And while the documentary style helps moves the story along (why waste time on character background when you can have a documentary filmmaker simply ask our hero a pointed question?), it also slows the story down at times. (We're watching documentary footage, remember? So every few scenes need to end with the film being cut, or the camera guy running into a wall.) But apart from those minor annoyances, THE BIG TEASE is one of the funnier movies in recent memory. Partly because I had no expectations, but mainly because it's original, well-acted, and well-written.

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,010 30 January 2000

Gross USA:

$187,152

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,152

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