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The Whole Ten Yards
Starring: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry|
Director: Howard Deutch
RunTime: 99 Minutes
Release Date: April 2004
Review by Susan Granger
2 stars out of 4
Back in 2000, "The Whole Nine Yards" was a comedic hit, pairing Bruce
Willis, as the notorious hit-man Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski, with "Friends"
Matthew Perry, as his California neighbor, Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky, D.D.S.. Now
they're back again in a new escapade.
Jimmy's happily retired in a secret hideaway in Ejutla, Mexico. He's
heavily into domesticity, much to the chagrin of his wife and protégé Jill
(Amanda Peet), Oz's former dental assistant, who wails, "I thought I married a
contract killer, not Martha Stewart!"
Meanwhile, back in Brentwood, Oz's newly-pregnant wife Cynthia (Natasha
Henstridge), Jimmy's ex-wife, is kidnapped by revenge-seeking Gogolak gang.
Just-paroled Lazlo Gogolak (Kevin Pollak) figures that Oz, who was always
paranoid and is now panicked, will lead him directly to Jimmy, which is exactly
what happens. So will Jimmy shelve his recipe file and drop his apron to join
Oz to rescue Cynthia and get back in the crime game?
Director Howard Deutch, who was able to hone his improvisational skills
and comic timing with old pros like Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in "The Odd
Couple II" and "Grumpier Old Men,"does his best to revive the cinematic
chemistry. Bruce Willis wearing bunny slippers is a sight to behold, but writer
George Gallo's script sticks to one-liners and juvenile antics which may elicit
chuckles yet there's no laughing-out-loud. And Kevin Pollak, whose character of
Yanni Gogolak was bumped off by Jimmy in the original story, is barely
recognizeable as the elderly, word-garbling mob boss. On the Granger Movie
Gauge of 1 to 10, "The Whole Ten Yards" is a flawed 5. It's yet another sequel
that's just not as good as the original.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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