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Whole Ten Yards, The
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by Jay Seaver

"You seldom get lucky twice in a row."
3 stars

I'd been dreading this movie. The Whole Nine Yards had been a fun, entertaining comedy against virtually any reasonable set of expectations.

After all, who expects anything out of Matthew Perry, Natasha Henstridge, or Patricia Arquette? Bruce Willis had mostly been just picking up a paycheck for years, and Amanda Peet hadn't done anything other than one of the more underrated TV series in recent years, Jack & Jill, worthy of attention. That it came together to form an energetic, surprisingly funny comedy was quite frankly shocking, and didn't seem to be something that could be repeated.

And The Whole Ten Yards isn't as good as the first. It has amped the volume up a little to loud and in the name of character development gives the characters too much reason to shout at each other and argue when a great deal of the fun in The Whole Nine Yards was how much Matthew Perry's skittish dentist Oz, his assistant-who-wants-to-be-a-hitman Jill (Peet), ex-mobster Jimmy The Tulip (Willis), and his ex-wife Cynthia (Henstridge) wound up finding themselves unlikely friends. Creating tension among this group for the second movie is perhaps necessary, but is not necessarily fun.

Fortunately, there is fun to be had. The main source is from Amanda Peet, who plays Jill as girlishly enthusiastic about being a killer-for-hire, fun and perky and apparently completely oblivious to how her chosen field is just wrong. Meanwhile, the villains are ludicrously incompetent. Kevin Pollack plays Lazlo Gogalak (the father of his character from the first film), a Hungarian gangster just released from prison who mangles the English language and can't stand being corrected for even the slightest miscues. Frank Collison plays Lazlo's other son Strabo as far from the smartest gangster you'll ever meet, but serves as a very effective straight man for the action happening around him.

As to what's going on - it doesn't make any sense. We don't get any reasoning behind the scam until the very last scene, and it makes no sense (try finding a way to casually rip a dollar in half so that neither half has the complete serial number). Indeed, even for a wacky comedy, the plot to this movie is thin. If you stand back and look at it as a whole, it's pretty much a failure; you basically have to come in close enough that you can't see very much beyond the current gag for it to work. Happily, it does work at that level more often than not.

Story-wise, there's no need for The Whole Ten Yards, and I hope like heck that the people involved don't try to push their luck with The Whole Eleven Yards.

I realize that it's damning with faint praise to say that The Whole Ten Yards isn't the disaster I'd feared, but you could say the same thing about Nine, and that was good enough to get me into this movie.

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originally posted: 06/02/04 13:32:25
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User Comments

12/29/09 Dane Youssef Even worse than I thought it me. The first did not need a second. What a waste of this cast 1 stars
5/13/07 David Pollastrini pretty dull 2 stars
10/15/06 Charles Tatum Consistently irritating, I missed Peet's boobs 1 stars
9/12/06 William Goss Makes concentration camps look good. 1 stars
2/11/06 Indrid Cold Very unfunny and uninteresting. Perry et al are pros though, and it's not total disaster. 2 stars
6/04/05 Ubu the Ripper Worthless scheiss. 'Nuff said. 1 stars
3/09/05 Fake Name Here Sad, skip, watch only if trapped on couch w/ the flu 2 stars
1/18/05 Jeff Anderson A lousy, totally unfunny, and witless mess of a sequel. PEET AND PERRY DESERVE MUCH BETTER! 1 stars
7/09/04 David C Nine yards were nice, this is ten yards of crap. Wasted 90 odd mintues of my life.. Crap 1 stars
6/10/04 Samantha Skmorgon Amanda Peet has her usual struggle to know which end her shit comes out of. 3 stars
6/10/04 Evangelica Schnapfenschalz Chasmotic with confusing ending. A few laughs. Amanda Peet her usual hit&miss. 4 stars
5/20/04 Pink very funny 5 stars
4/16/04 inuyasia funny as hell 5 stars
4/13/04 John Aster Habig nice til the end why did Amanda Peet stay with that idiot Bruce Willis 2 stars
4/11/04 Pink great movie. Very funny 5 stars
4/10/04 jonathan awesome 5 stars
4/09/04 Hilarium Insanely awful. Product placement filled slop. Willish should be ashamed. 1 stars
4/08/04 lawhog44 you're right about the movie, wrong about the dollar...look again 1 stars
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  09-Apr-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 27-Jul-2004



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