"Don't take advantage of us because you think we're two big dumb guys," says David Paul. "We're two huge dumb guys," adds Peter Paul. One doesn't expect much from THINK BIG, a vehicle for the twin bodybuilders who appeared previously in movies and wrestling arenas under the moniker The
Barbarian Brothers. But the pumped-up pair can be a genuinely funny and engaging duo in a low-hairline sort of way.
Teen genius Holly Sherwood (Ari Meyers) has built something that looks like a TV remote control but actually switches on and off any electrical device. Greedy CEO Hayden Bruekner (Martin Mull) sells the awesome gadget to criminals, but Holly finds out and flees with the prototype, stowing away in
the big rig belonging to lunkhead truckers Vic and Rafe (Peter and David Paul). Bruekner's stooges chase the trio, and ultimately the brothers have to choose between delivering their cargo and saving Holly. They rescue the girl and she smashes the gizmo before the assembled villains. But--as the
audience has undoubtedly foreseen--Holly has destroyed an ordinary TV remote. The universal on-off switch is intact, and by mass-marketing this potentially devastating weapon, Holly repays the Vic and Rafe with their own trucking firm.
Nobody gave the plot of this film heavy thought, leaving the personalities and gags to carry the picture. The platoon of writers leave a grab bag of cute touches: though the massive brothers can toss bad guys around like beach balls, at no point does their appearance intimidate other characters.
They're ever the downtrodden underdogs, and even romantic interest Claudia Christian gets to deck one of them (it's worth noting, however, that the pic was originally envisioned as a vehicle for the ARMED AND DANGEROUS comedy team of John Candy and Eugene Levy). Richard Kiel, "Jaws" from Roger
Moore's Bond adventures, amusingly portrays a towering thug named Irving, and David Carradine is almost unrecognizable as a cackling repo man after the brothers' truck. After a brief theatrical run, THINK BIG arrived on home video. It's inoffensive stuff, unless one counts the merciless onscreen
plugs for a certain brand of soft drink. The Pauls also co-wrote and performed the rap-theme song "Think Big" (written with Tim Kimber, Kevin Moore, and Bud Rizzo).(Violence, sexual situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1990
- Rating: PG-13
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