THE BIG PICTURE is a failed attempt to spoof the wheelers and dealers behind the scenes in Hollywood. Christopher Guest, who directed and cowrote this diatribe against the inanities of the studio system, has created what amounts to no more than a series of sketches that would probably work
better on television than in this prolonged, belabored movie. THE BIG PICTURE follows the rise and fall of Nick Chapman (Kevin Bacon), a tyro director on his way to the top after winning first prize for his student film. Nick acquires an eccentric, insincere agent (Martin Short), who feeds him to
Allen Habel (J.T. Walsh), a smarmy studio production chief who signs him up to make ...