The Whole Nine Yards (2000)


“It’s not important how many people I’ve killed. What’s important is how I get along with the people who are still alive. ” – Jimmy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A dentist discovers that his new neighbor is a former hitman in hiding.

My Take on it – As a fan of the TV show Friends, I’ve always enjoyed Matthew Perry’s comic work and for some reason never got around to seeing this movie or its sequel.

The story itself is a bit far fetched and zany yet it manages to work because of the great chemistry between the 5 main members of the cast.

Bruce Willis uses his crazy persona in this film (like in Hudson Hawk (1991)] and that helps keep the tone of the film at the very zany level where we know not to take much of what happens very seriously.

Willis and Perry have great chemistry together and their interactions with the 3 female leads – Rosanna Arquette, Amanda Peet and Natasha Henstridge help make things work even better because we can believe these characters in all that they do despite sometimes going a bit over board.

The biggest mistake of this movie tho is casting Kevin Pollack as the bad guy because he doesn’t have enough dramatic presence to carry such a role (even in a pseudo-crime-comedy) and he comes across as much more comical than threatening in this performance.

The dialogue is done perfectly and is delivered in rapid style fashion which helps form an even stronger connection between the characters.

Bottom Line – Film works largely due to the great chemistry between the 5 main characters.  Willis uses his “crazy” persona in this film and that helps keep things fun and zany even if the story itself is a bit far fetched. Pollack is a strange choice as the bad guy and makes things feel a bit less suspenseful because he seems move comical in the role than threatening. The rapid fire dialogue between the characters works well to help establish the bonds that connect between them. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bruce Willis tried to contact Matthew Perry to get him to take part in the film while, unbeknownst to him, Perry was on vacation. After a few weeks of trying to get hold of him, Willis left the famous line, “I will chop off your legs, set fire to your house, and watch you drag…” on Perry’s answer machine. They thought it was so funny that they included it on the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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