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The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

Succeeded by: The Whole Ten Yards (2004)

Directed by:
Jonathan Lynn
Full Pakke

98 minutes

Produced by:
Allan Kaufman
David Willis
Written by:
Mitchell Kapner

Cast includes:

Dr. Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky Matthew Perry
James "Jimmy the Tulip" Tudeski Bruce Willis
Sophie Oseransky Rosanna Arquette
Franklin "Frankie Figs" Figueroa Michael Clarke Duncan
Cynthia Tudeski Natasha Henstridge
Janni Pytor Gogolak Kevin Pollak
Special Agent Steve Hanson Harland Williams



An unhappily married dentist (Matthew Perry) has his life turned upside down when newly released hit-man Jimmy the Tulip (Bruce Willis) moves in next-door in a quiet Quebec suburb. The basic premise is fun, and the pairing of Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis in archetypical roles gets off to a good start in this crime-comedy in which you never know whom to trust. Perry plays Oz very much in the vein of Chandler Bing, and he boasts the same comic timing and talent for slapstick as he did in the first seasons of Friends, whereas Bruce Willis has fun toying with conventions and typecast expectations. Add a hilarious Rosanna Arquette to the mix, and The Whole Nine Yards feels like a good comedy for at least half its running-time. Unfortunately, the filmmakers ultimately feel they have to tidy everything up and enter cute romantic comedy territory, none of which has been justified to a degree as to make any impression. Kevin Pollak is great fun as a Hungarian crime lord.

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