Movie Reviews: Big Ain't Bad




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     A happy couple headed towards marital bliss endure pain and heartache along the way.
     Jade Jenise Dixon, Sean Blakemore, Reginald Ballard, Tico Wells and Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
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When Ric's (Sean Blakemore) fiancée, Natalie (Jade Jenise Dixon) leaves town for a business convention, he has a meaningless one night stand, gets caught and spends the entire movie trying to win back her affections, whilst Natalie's brothers attempt to teach him a lesson in love and life.

Almost immediately, "Big Ain't Bad" kicks off into gear as viewers are treated to happy pictures and memorable occasions from the loving couple, but what starts off promising trickles to a serious bore as it jumps from one pointless choppy scene to another. The actors are wooden and the plot pointless. The title alone bears no relation to the storyline and is just a phrase uttered by the Ric to imply "size doesn't matter." This movie's demise begins when Natalie's business trip is cut short and she returns home to find her fiancé in bed with another woman. Her apparent concern on finding them having breakfast in bed is for her silverware, which she snatches up in anger before storming out. Cut to several more trite scenes and her brothers Mobe (Troy Medley) and Butch (Reginald Ballard) decide to teach Ric a lesson for an accidental swelling on their sisters face (received when storming out of the shared apartment). Whilst devising a strategy to win back Natalie's affections, Ric suddenly decides to get a roommate (he certainly couldn't 'afford' to be without Natalie). With 'strategic planning' from Natalie's brother Butch, Ric ends up unknowingly renting the room to Mobe (his ex-fiancée's younger brother), but exactly what Mobe and Butch's form of vengeance entails never quite materializes throughout the entire movie.

"Big Ain't Bad" is a muddled low-budget flick that lacks a combination of factors, which necessitate a good flick such as; acting, direction and a decent well executed plot. In its defense, the acting does pick up a little pace, except it comes a little too late. There is an excessive attempt to inject some humor between Ric and his pals in form of counseling when the initial breakup occurs, but it fails drastically and the only two characters who inject the slightest humor in this otherwise sluggish flick are Cwiss, the ostentatious, prospective roommate and the eccentric Denver, a local store clerk. Phyllis Yvonne Stickney makes a well-advised brief appearance as the mayor's wife.

A Hollywood Black Film Festival Audience Choice Award Winner, the only thing this "Big Ain't Bad" has going for it is a decent soundtrack.



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