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The Whole Nine Yards
Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky (Matthew Perry) is a nice dentist living in suburban Montreal. His new next door neighbor, Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis), is a hit man hiding out from a dangerous...  View more >

Starring Bruce Willis, Amanda Peet, Matthew Perry...  View more >

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[--- See Now! ---]by  
Feb 21, 2000
A very funny movie. Has many humorous sections. Will keep you laughing for the entire flick. A must-see movie! Enjoy!
[--- Wait for Rental ---]by  
Mar 2, 2000
While the movie is rather entertaining in paying full ticket price just to see it on the big screen. This is a guy oriented flick girls. The women while smart and very able in some cases are definitely window dressing for men in the film. Hint lads, not a good date movie. She will be very irritated by your reaction to a female assassin’s very effective distraction technique during an attempted mob hit. Trust me you will react.

Perry needs to escape Chandler. I think he is more capable as an actor than playing the same role over and over. Does not prove it with this role but he has his moments. Amanda Peet and Michael Clarke Duncan steal the movie as Perry’s assistant (and so much more) and Willis’ old buddy, respectively. Willis turns in a forgettable performances. Arquette is … just real … NASTY! There is just no other way to put it. Good performance though. Kevin Pollak should easily walk away with the Meryl Streep award for worst accent but he’s still funny. Henstridge is just an exquisite prop with lines (sorry boys, she keeps her clothes on, well at least a sheet).

In short the movie has some good bits but does not hold together as a whole. Worth the rental though.
[--- Good ---]by  
Mar 2, 2000
Matthew Perry is such a likable presence on the screen, be it big or small. Even when an entire film is collapsing around him (which has happened on more than one occasion), he maintains his boyish desire to please. He is a gifted physical comedian, but unlike some other comedians (most notably recent SNL personalities), he wisely doesn't substitute obnoxious behavior for humor. Many comedians make us laugh while curiously keeping the audience at a distance - they seem to prefer living life on their own stage, unoccupied by anyone else. Perry is different - he evokes our laughter without housing an enigmatic personality. He wants us to laugh, but also wants us to be his friend. It's impossible not to love that.

In "The Whole Nine Yards," Perry plays Dr. Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky, an unassuming dentist in suburban Montreal whose life is so depressing, he stops his car every few feet on the way to work so he may take out his frustrations on the steering wheel. But his dull, sad life is about to take a turn for the
unusual when his new next door neighbor moves in. He introduces himself as Jimmy Jones, but Oz recognizes him as Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski, a member of the Chicago mafia now taking refuge in the witness relocation program after ratting out the head of the Gogolak crime family. (His nickname derives from his tendency to send tulips to his soon-to-be-obliterated victims.) Things get complicated when Oz's gold-digging wife (Rosanna Arquette) realizes their neighbor is a contract killer and tries to hire him to bump off Oz, hoping to collect his insurance money. But things get even more complicated when the "new" head of the Gogolak crime family (Kevin Pollak), who has recently gained knowledge to Tudeski's new whereabouts, dispatches his main henchman (Michael Clarke Duncan) to extract revenge. In the middle sits the increasingly neurotic Oz, unable to make sense of the transpiring events taking place around him.

"The Whole Nine Yards" is not a perfect comedy, but it does embrace the comedic brilliance of its cast, and that's what makes it work. Director Jonathan ("My Cousin Vinny") Lynn wisely doesn't put a lasso on Matthew Perry - he let's him do his thing, and allows the rest of the cast to play off his physical comedy; a task they complete flawlessly. Bruce Willis is a capable actor in any genre, which isn't so much the result of a wide acting range as it is a strong sense of awareness. Willis understands what a role demands of him and does not demand of him, and is careful not to overstep those boundaries. He commands the screen with his presence, but doesn't overplay the part or slip into a tirade of mafia cliches. The supporting performances are also right on target here, including Michael Clarke ("Armageddon","The Green Mile") Duncan as Franklin "Frankie Figs" Figueroa, the henchman sent to seek and destroy the elusive Tudeski, Kevin ("The Usual Suspects") Pollak as Janni Gogolak, the crime boss with an unusual speech impediment, Natasha ("Species") Henstridge as Cynthia, Tudeski's estranged wife who becomes the object of Oz's affection, and the deliciously fun Amanda ("Isn't She Great","Body Shots") Peet as Jill, Oz's dental assistant who keeps her fascination with contract killers a secret until she discovers who is living next to her boss. She is outlandishly funny, but also carries an unusually strong screen presence - she steals every scene she's in. Only Rosanna Arquette, as Oz's insensitive wife, seems curiously lost here. There are a number of good actors who could have injected the role with more comedic juice than Arquette does.

While it doesn't achieve a level of greatness, the individual moments in "The Whole Nine Yards" generate a number of laughs, which is more than enough. It's a movie carried not by the level of the humor, but by a desire to please. Not all humor is funny, but a desire to be funny has the best chance of winning over an audience. This movie understands that, and embraces it.

--Michael Brendan, "Mad Dog" Film Reviews (www.maddogreviews.com)
[--- Good ---]by  
Mar 7, 2000
If you liked "Grosse Point Blank" you'll like this.

It can be viewed as being a bit graphic, but I thought it was funny and had a good story.
[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Mar 8, 2000
I normally love Bruce Willis, but in this movie he was a waste of talent. Matt Perry has all the charm of Tom Arnold. With all that nervous energy you want to kill him by the end of the movie. The only thing that grated worse on my nerves was Rosanne Arquette. Her pouting French Canadian woman would have made a perfect grave mate for Matt.
Aug 30, 2006
"The Whole Nine Yards" is a comedy about a mild-manner man played by Matthew Perry, who discovered that his next door neighbor is a hit man. He is played by Bruce Willis. You probaby saw this movie before, but believe me, you haven't see "The Whole Nine Yards." the cast is first rate as well as the story. "the Whole Nine Yards" has scored a touchtown.

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