Big Business

Big Business

My wife and I watched Big Business, a 1988 comedy starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin as 2 pairs of twins who get mixed up at birth. We both laughed throughout as the leads carried the film, playing a variety of roles with different temperaments, all of which faced the question whether they belonged where they were or not. Supporting the two is a complimentary cast that sell the absurdity of the situation, including a 14 year old Seth Green. Midler plays the assertive business type with expert timing and expressive eyes, while Tomlin plays the easily rattled country girl with a comedic talent and a slightly goofy physicality. In addition to the punishment the supporting cast takes and the one liners by Tomlin, laughs were had as we the audience knew more than the characters did. I really enjoy the feeling of suspense wondering if anyone in the film will figure out what we the audience already knows. Director Jim Abrahams knows how to make comedies as he has also made Airplane!, Top Secret!, and both Hot Shots! films. Midler made this between Outrageous Fortune and Beaches, while Tomlin made this between All of Me and The Search for Signs of Inteligent Life in the Universe. While the fashion and hairstyles are dated for the 1980s, the talents and laughs are timeless.

 

Big Business

IMDB

1988, 1h 37m

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