Well, well, well, I've heard about the pile of shit that has been hanging around both the doors of Mathew Perry and Bruce Willis. Willis at least kinda got rid of some with the Sixth Sense, but looking at this film, it looks like the old shit is back. Kind off, since this film manages to give you a bit of the feel good thing, and a few plot twists also make it watchable, but what else? Well, fortunately I saw this movie on cable, and when it ended I felt pretty much the same way that I felt when it started. Is that a good sign or not? Lets check it out.Well, Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky (Perry), who has no relationship with our fellow reviewer Oz, is basically a complete fucked up down-on-is-luck dentist living in Montreal, Canada, who can't stand his pain-in-the-ass wife Sophie (Rosanna Arquette), and much less his pain-in-the-ass mother-in-law (Carmen Ferland). But then a new neighbor moves in next to him. As he goes to greet this new neighbor he realizes soon that he's Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudesky (Willis), a renowned hit man who has escaped Chicago and secretly moved to Montreal. Oz is shocked and tells the news to his wife and then he fucks it when he mentions that Janni Gogolack (Kevin Pollack), the mob guy who Tudeski is running from, has put a price on Tudeski's head. So, pressured from his bitch, and just to get her of his back, Oz goes to Chicago, taking the advice from his assistant Jill (Amanda Peet) to fuck the first girl suitable for his eyes. Well, he does, and it happens to be Tudeski's wife, Cynthia (Natasha Hendstridge), who is captive to Janni, whom Oz finally meets, thanks through Frankie Figgs (Michael Clarke Duncan), and, shit, I even go lost. But Sophie wants Oz dead, Jimmy wants his wife dead, and Jannie wants Jimmy dead, and who the fuck wants who dead. You figure out the rest
"What can I say? Average comedy, nothing more"
The lonely praise has to be the somehow clever plot. The many twists give an interesting hook that I would spoil the entire film for you, but yet it is this part of the film that makes the rest of the movie watchable. It was interesting that a film like this could work with so many characters and the usual comic moment and some action, plus the performance of the actors keep it watchable, well not that watchable but somewhat.
The praise ends there. Now what happened in this film that makes it not that watchable? It's stupidity, lack of comic originality, and Matthew Perry. The film has some of the most stupid attitude I've seen since Saving Silverman. Oz acts most of the time like a fucking jerk, and lets himself be dominated by Sophie and his Mother-in-law. His actions in many parts of the film are so inane that you just either want to feel sorry for the guy or just punch him in the face to wake him up. Well, who knows if that would help since neither a smash up in the sliding window in Willis' house helped. Most of the humor unfortunately also fails somehow, and again, the humor originality lacks, and when the originality shows up, it ends up being the only true comic moments, like the Sliding window scene, and somewhat the "hitting your head against the steering wheel scene." But other than that most of the humor is forced, and the unavoidable one-liner pops up in many of the scenes, hence the film turns out to be another formulaic exercise, with basically nothing worth showing. Director Jonathan Lynn simply makes his actors just act shallow, plus he fails to come up with originality for the humor or for basically everything else, the few action scenes in the movie are immediately trashed by forceful goofy humor, and at the end the final product brings almost nothing new. Sure the film is basically watchable, but it ain't "OSCAR" material
The performances of the film were average, though my only praise would go to Willis, since I see him in a relatively different role than the usual "action star" type of shit. Matthew Perry is as pathetic as he would ever be, but hey, that sounds pretty much like Matthew Perry doesn't he. The rest of the supporting cast was also average, except Michael Clarke Duncan, who the only other actor that I praise in this film, but other than that, there’s nothing worth to comment, not even Peet showing her boobies in this film make me change my opinion.In the end, the film isn't recommendable, despite being average, since the film lacks the humor that you could expect on a comedy. Most of it is forced, and Matthew Perry acts like an asshole, which of course, doesn't help that much. So you may want to avoid this film and go see something better, like Analyze This, or simply not see anything at all and go to bed, give the TV a rest. (2.5-5)
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originally posted: 07/04/01 22:40:40