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Overall Rating
3.22

Awesome: 10.07%
Worth A Look: 28.78%
Just Average41.01%
Pretty Crappy: 13.67%
Sucks: 6.47%

13 reviews, 61 user ratings


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Whole Nine Yards, The
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by Erik Childress

"Latest Mob Comedy is Hit and Miss"
3 stars

The Whole Nine Yards (** ½) – Warner Bros. completes its mob comedy trilogy with Analyze This, Mickey Blue Eyes and now The Whole Nine Yards, a film which ranks somewhere in between those other two films – way under DeNiro & Crystal and marginally above Hugh Grant. And it’s disappointing on a whole, not just because of the talent involved, but because all the elements are there for a terrific comedy and they don’t all come together.

The first 45 minutes of the Jackal vs. Chandler Bing are basically played as the ascending climb of a roller coaster and produces very few genuine laughs. And all this would be OK if the resulting drop resembled a coaster at Six Flags and not the Go-Gator. The best section of the film is its second act as all the dots start connecting and the laughs start hitting more quickly. Some nice plot twists accentuate the comedy and gives one the hope that we’re in for a true comic ride. But those hopes are dashed during the third act wrap-up where the scattered laughs and minimal suspense return. Everyone in the cast has nice moments. Rosanna Arquette seems to be having fun with her role as Perry’s bitchy French wife, but her character just isn’t very funny. Bruce Willis doesn’t have much to do during the film, dealing with a script that misuses the comic talent he does possess. Matthew Perry is really trying here, trying to make the material work ending every scene with something funny to say or watch. He’s a gifted comic actor, gets nearly all the laughs (sometimes by just reacting) and it’s only a matter of time before he finds the right script. Michael Clarke Duncan makes the most of what could have been another throwaway part for him in the wake of his star turn in The Green Mile. Natasha Henstridge’s character isn’t much of a character at all as you never quite believe if she really likes Perry’s dentist or if she has a secret agenda. The script doesn’t give her the screen time to develop that so she never comes off like a Girl Friday or an Evelyn Mulwray. But Amanda Peet gets the breakout performance of the film, with an infectious smile and comic timing, she finds the perfect note for a character in a screwball comedy.

Jonathan Lynn, is a fine comedy director who got everything right with My Cousin Vinny, another heavily plotted screwballesque comedy but can’t pull the strings together here on what should have been a surefire premise to skewer suburbia, the mob and marriage. Screwball comedy depends on its characters and how they react to the situation they find themselves in. Just having the situation isn’t enough and it adds up to a comedy that is truly hit and miss.

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User Comments

9/21/17 morris campbell fun if slight 3 stars
12/29/09 Dane Youssef A fun lightweight dark comedy from John Lynn. The cast deserves a whole Oscar. 4 stars
12/18/09 Jeff Wilder Lightweight yet fun. 3 stars
7/28/09 the dork knight It doesn't get funnier if Chandler slams into walls 500 times. I liked Arquette and Peet. 2 stars
12/14/07 Pamela White Bruce makes a better hitman than comedian but Perry keeps the laughs coming 4 stars
10/15/06 Charles Tatum Perry tries, some laughs and Peet's boobs save it 3 stars
8/24/05 ES I occassionally like mayo on my burger and fries 2 stars
6/04/05 Ubu the Ripper OK if you have nothing else to do and no one to do it with. 3 stars
4/24/05 DM Enjoyable, well-acted, goofy fluff 4 stars
3/11/05 Jeff Anderson Pretty funny & Peet is a STANDOUT! David Franco's ugly lensing of Montreal is poor, though! 3 stars
3/09/05 Fake Name Here Funny fluff, Arquette weirdly hysterical 4 stars
8/11/04 DJ ROXORZ JOO 5 stars
7/11/04 gag started off well....then turned down right ludicrous. fuck the dick head director 1 stars
4/23/04 J An entertaining movie! *** 4 stars
4/11/04 R.W. Welch Mildly amusing mob comedy, good turn by Willis. 3 stars
10/19/03 Curious George very good 5 stars
10/17/03 Josh Standlee Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry are a perfect combination! It's one hell of a funny movie! 5 stars
10/08/03 Tomo very good movie 5 stars
8/06/03 Kamie Hey i liked it, im lookin forward to the second one 4 stars
5/26/03 JoeSco Better than a Perry film should be and Natasha and Amanda are hot 4 stars
4/16/03 Andrew Carden Henstridge and Peet Provide Sex Appeal...but The Film Is Rarely Funny and Overlong. 2 stars
10/19/02 Paul Amanda Peet holding a gun, naked, is definately worth a look 4 stars
5/17/02 Dark Barøn Perry, drop the Chandler jokes already. Everything else was fine. 4 stars
4/01/02 Jim Chandler Bing meets the Sopranos; dumb cops steal the movie at the end 4 stars
2/20/02 Xaver The plot is quite clever. Loved the comedy. 4 stars
12/28/01 Doug Very funny. 5 stars
10/30/01 Casey GREAT MOVIE, i think i saw it about 20 times, Matthew Perry is the hottest man alive! 5 stars
10/29/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Bruce Willis is pretty cool, Matthew Perry's funny, and Amanda Peet's hot. 3 stars
10/05/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Good. 3 stars
8/05/01 badfish Gotta love Brucie Baby! 5 stars
7/05/01 Roy Smith Mathew Perry is useless but Willis is a pro. 4 stars
5/04/01 The Chosen One Perry's a fuck up, but Peet makes it worth it 4 stars
2/19/01 Katie Excellent 5 stars
2/18/01 Phil M. Afficianado TheAngryJew's review is right on. It brightened a night on the road in a cheap motel room. 4 stars
2/18/01 Nic Saw it once - Would almost for sure never see it again. 3 stars
2/18/01 nicky the whole nine yards is awesome and matthew perry is so sexy 5 stars
1/09/01 Redbird The presence of Rosanna Arquette and Amanda Peete are enough to make this movie watchable 4 stars
10/21/00 Gremlin Well, I thought it was funny. 5 stars
10/02/00 Trina I like anything with WIllis in it 4 stars
9/05/00 Melis disappointing 3 stars
8/07/00 scott It was a real turd....but the tits were nice. 2 stars
7/24/00 Monday Morning There are more laughs in any average TV sitcom. Very disappointing. 2 stars
7/24/00 The Bomb 69 few laughs, a VERY average movie 3 stars
4/10/00 Ernie Levesque Leave your morals behind and sit back and enjoy! 4 stars
4/04/00 Belinda A video job if that! 2 stars
4/01/00 LucyB Fun Movie. Some Hillarious scenes.Credit goes to Mathew for all the best parts. 4 stars
3/30/00 Bruce A comedy right? So where are the laughs? 2 stars
3/15/00 Debra Worst movie I've seen in years. Dull, dull, dull !!!! 1 stars
3/13/00 Efman Fluffy first date flick... whats with the graphic killings?? 4 stars
3/07/00 Tom Burg the only reason you would think it's funny is because the ads told you it was 1 stars
3/03/00 Jackie Hilarious!!! Bruce & Matthew are brilliant! 5 stars
3/01/00 Sherry It was hilarious! 5 stars
2/28/00 Rachem A renter if I ever saw one. 3 stars
2/28/00 Zaw Oo Good ending. 5 stars
2/27/00 Jason Kallelis Great movie! Go see it. 4 stars
2/25/00 Poetcdh Funny film 4 stars
2/24/00 Allan Highly entertaining. Loved hating Rosana Arquette. 5 stars
2/21/00 Lindsay Alright. 3 stars
2/20/00 voyant bruce willis should play hitmen more often 4 stars
2/16/00 Andi very funny...not disappointing 3 stars
2/15/00 Amy wait for the video 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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