Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Big Night - Review

Two Italian immigrant brothers are running a failing restaurant in America in the 1950s. Primo (Tony Shalhoub) is the irascible chef, a culinary genius unwilling to moderate his food for the American “philistines”, while Secondo (Stanley Tucci) is the harassed manager. 

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But as their money dwindles to nothing, they gamble everything on one last, celebrity-driven evening – their “big night”.

With a distinguished supporting cast (Allison Janney, Ian Holm, Isabella Rossellini) giving quirky, yet devastatingly naturalistic performances, this charming, delicately spiced comedy is the perfect cinematic antacid to those full-to-bursting on the current craze of gross-out lads’ humour.


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