Big Stan (2007)

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Big Stan (2007)
  • Time: 105 min
  • Genre: Action | Comedy
  • Director: Rob Schneider
  • Cast: Rob Schneider, David Carradine, Jennifer Morrison

Storyline:

The fraudulent real state agent Stan is married with his beloved Mindy and has a seven million dollar fortune. When he is arrested for fraud, he is sentenced to three years in prison and his assets are frozen by the justice. However, his crooked lawyer Lew Popper negotiates a six month freedom, and the weak Stan, who is afraid of being raped in prison, hires the specialist in martial arts The Master to teach him self-defense. Six months later, Big Stan is sent to the Oaksburgh State Penitentiary totally confident in his expertise in martial arts. He challenges the violent leaders of the gangs and defeats them, being respected by the inmates and bringing peace in the patio. However, the dirty Warden Gasque has the intention of transforming the penitentiary in a luxury resort, and uses Big Stan knowledge to improve his project, promising to release him sooner using the corrupt penal system.

One review

  • Sandcooler

    Throughout “Big Stan” I was constantly thinking about “Dirty Work”, the debut film of Rob Schneider’s SNL colleague Norm MacDonald. There’s one scene in “Dirty Work” where Norm has just been violated and gives the rapists a good talking to. Every time I hear him say “what hurts the most is the lack of respect” I just crack up, it’s probably one of the funniest things ever done with the subject. Apparently Schneider also watched that scene and figured: hey, why not just do prison rape jokes for 105 minutes, preferably with fewer laughs than in that one minute of “Dirty Work”? The studio said okay for some reason, and so he got to make a movie that features an Asian rapist going “here’s comes the egg roll!”. An even bigger problem though is that Schneider insists on giving this the atmosphere of an underdog tale, even though his character has no redeeming qualities. He sorta kinda becomes a better person in the third act, but that doesn’t make up for him not getting beaten to a bloody pulp in the first two. It’s also quite amazing to see how quickly David Carradine lost momentum after “Kill Bill”, just four years after his glorious comeback he was already back to parodying himself in embarrassing bit parts like this and “Epic Movie”. Kind of sad to see a cult legend go out like that, it’s not like “Big Stan” wasn’t depressing enough.

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