The Whole Ten Yards (2004)

“[to Oz] Squeal bag! Squealster! Remington Squeal! ” – Jimmy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis –  After his wife is kidnapped by mobsters, a dentist enlists the help of his former neighbor who is living under and assumed name.

My Take on it – This is a film that I herd about after it came out but since I never really had much of an interest to watch the first film in the series, I didn’t even consider seeing this sequel.

Unfortunately, this film isn’t anywhere near as enjoyable as the first one was and that takes so much away from things.

The characters had great chemistry in the first film, but in this one, they seem much more detached and things feel forced the entire time and doesn’t flow well on it own which takes away from any kind of impact this story might have.

The plot is actually quite silly and fails to remain interesting at all unlike in the first film.

When watching a sequel, it’s usually nice to once again revisit the characters, but this film doesn’t give off that kind of vibe.

Kevin Pollack returns as the villain and that also hurts this film since he wasn’t that great of a villain in the first film and this film makes him even more annoying in the role.

He is a great actor, but in this film, he clearly lacks the right kind of film presence for a mobster.

His performance is more comedic than menacing and that takes away any amount of effectiveness of such a role in a gangster film.

I’m quite happy that they chose not to make a third film in this series and stopped before it got much worse.

Bottom Line – Not nearly as enjoyable as the first film. The chemistry between the characters seems much more forced here and that takes so much away from the impact of the story.  The story itself is quite silly and doesn’t manage to be as interesting as things were in the first film. The return of Pollack as the villain also doesn’t help here because once again, he doesn’t have the right film presence to play such a character effectively since he is much more comedic than menacing.  Glad that stop after this film and didn’t go for a trilogy.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Oz (Matthew Perry) wakes up in bed with Jimmy (Bruce Willis), Willis was naked under the blanket. Perry had no idea why he was naked… and reportedly was too afraid to ask. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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