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3.22

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Whole Nine Yards, The
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by EricDSnider

"Very pleasant and nice, and about killers."
3 stars

"The Whole Nine Yards" is a comedy about hit men, but it's not as black as, say, "Gross Pointe Blank." In fact, it's one of the most sunshiney films I've ever seen about guys who get paid to kill people.

In Montreal, Nick "Oz" Oseransky (Matthew Perry) is married to an outrageously skanky French pig and making no money as a dentist. Things get interesting when hit man Jimmy Tudeski (Bruce Willis), apparently trying to stay out of harm's way, moves in next door to him.

The two become friends, and Oz learns of Jimmy's predicament. Seems he has $10 million available to him -- but only if his wife (Natasha Henstridge) and another hit man (a wonderful Kevin Pollak) are either dead or splitting the dough with him. Since no one wants to share it, each of them wants to kill the other two.

Jimmy has no problem killing his wife; the problem is that Oz starts to fall for her and doesn't want to see her killed. But he knows if he prevents it, Jimmy will just kill HIM. You can imagine the complexities.

Perry is his usual charming self, doing lots of slapstick but doing it surprisingly well. This is the sort of film where the physical shtick either works or gets old fast, and it holds up nicely, thanks to Perry's finely tuned comic timing and his often-overlooked ability to use his body to get laughs that many comedians would not be able to get.

Willis is back in "fun" mode, too, giving his typical smug-mouthed performance, but clearly having a ball doing it.

The romance angle between Oz and Jimmy's wife is not overplayed, thankfully, leaving us to just enjoy the quirky characters (two Canadian policemen are particularly entertaining) and amusing developments. "The Whole Nine Yards" won't kill you, as they say, and it leaves some potential comedy untapped, but it's certainly a pleasant diversion with some hearty laughs.

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originally posted: 07/06/03 22:57:49
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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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