Picks and Pans Review: The Big Kahuna

updated 05/08/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/08/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Peter Facinelli

What is it with Kevin Spacey and food? First he went gloriously ballistic with a plate of asparagus during his Oscar-winning performance in American Beauty, and now, in The Big Kahuna, he launches into a raging fit over canapés. Holding up a carrot stick, Spacey snarls, "You call this hors d'oeuvres?"

Spacey plays a salesman who, along with two colleagues (DeVito and Facinelli), is holed up in a hospitality suite in a hotel in Wichita, Kans., while waiting to sweet-talk prospective customers (big kahunas) into buying his firm's industrial lubricants. Despite showy performances by all three actors, this talky drama about the lives and lies of businessmen never transcends its static, stage-bound roots. (R)

Bottom Line: Good try, but no sale

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