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Trivia / Big Trouble

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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $40 million. Gross: $8,493,890.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The book was published in 1999, and a significant plotline revolves around the incompetence of airline security. This plotline was amped up in the movie adaptation which was due to be released in late 2001... at which point, following certain events, the incompetence of airline security became a lot less funny. The movie was pushed back to 2002, whereupon it promptly suffered the Too Soon effect.
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  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The film was set to open on September 21st, 2001 and had all of its prints ready for shipment by the time of the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, New York and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia on the eleventh day of that month. Disney then delayed the film seven months and quietly dumped it by the time the film was released.
  • Too Soon: The long-delayed movie as explained above. Unfortunately, the events that followed the attacks also ensured that by the time it wasn't Too Soon, it was Too Late — airport security now has the exact opposite problem as the ones in the story, and the FBI wouldn't have to invoke obscure and possibly-phony executive orders now that the Patriot Act exists.
  • Write Who You Know: Elliot, as a character, pretty much is Dave Barry, or at least the public image that he projects in his columns.

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