The Big Dis

  • 1990
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

The politics of getting laid. Granted an unexpected 48-hour pass from the Army, 19-year-old JD (James Haig) comes home to Long Island with one thing on his mind: getting lucky before his leave is up. A low-budget, independently produced film, THE BIG DIS was shot in black and white in 1988, completely on location in Long Island. Reviewers have likened coproducer-writer-director-editor-actor...read more

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The politics of getting laid. Granted an unexpected 48-hour pass from the Army, 19-year-old JD (James Haig) comes home to Long Island with one thing on his mind: getting lucky before his leave is up. A low-budget, independently produced film, THE BIG DIS was shot in black and white in

1988, completely on location in Long Island. Reviewers have likened coproducer-writer-director-editor-actor Gordon Eriksen to a young John Cassavetes, but the partners have an altogether lighter touch; James is frustrated, but there's no hollowness at the core of his life--he's just a middle class

kid learning that you don't always get what you want.

THE BIG DIS is distinguished by a distinctly suburban voice--not the disaffected anger of Jonathan Kaplan's OVER THE EDGE, but a more mellow, satisfied sensibility--and by the casual, familiar way it depicts middle-class African-American characters. The problems at the center of THE BIG DIS aren't

unique to African-Americans; they're a teenaged guy's problems. James is black and Gordon is white, their acquaintances are black, white, hispanic, and Asian, and their relationships are determined by class and geography, not race. Subsidiary characters are remarkably distinct. Monica and Allysun

appear only briefly, but each one makes her mark; they aren't faceless bodies solely defined by James's desire for them.

THE BIG DIS is a fresh and funny film, from the opening rap song--in which female rappers ask, "What's the matter with these boys today?" and a male chorus answers, "We just want to get laid"--to the final image of the ever hopeful James, mesmerized by the young woman at the airport.

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  • Released: 1990
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The politics of getting laid. Granted an unexpected 48-hour pass from the Army, 19-year-old JD (James Haig) comes home to Long Island with one thing on his mind: getting lucky before his leave is up. A low-budget, independently produced film, THE BIG DIS w… (more)

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