Matthew Perry brings his "Friends" attitude and Bruce Willis his hard guy persona to The Whole Nine Yards, a witty and visual comedy about a hit man who moves in next door to a dentist.
The characters are great. First, we have the main character, Oz, played by Matthew Perry. He's a dentist who has a miserable life (his wife is a sleazeball who wants him to turn his neighbor in for a large ransom) and very cherubic ideals. Next in line is Bruce Willis' Jimmy, the hit man who is trying to settle down after he squealed on his "friends." He's tough but kind at the same time, at least until he gets his gun. Oz's wife (Rosanna Arquette) is trying to have her husband killed, and will do anything to get her mission completed. Cynthia, played by Natasha Henstridge, is caught in the crossfire between Jimmy and Yanni Gogolack (Kevin Pollack), a mob boss who has a strange accent and an even stranger temper. Last but not least is Jill (Amanda Peet), Oz's sexy assistant who continues to urge Oz that he should dump his wife and find another woman.
The Whole Nine Yards is basically a soap opera put in to a two hour movie, where everyone and everything is connected someway or another. The movie continues to build up as the characters dig themselves deeper in to holes, and have to use even more complicated processes to get themselves out. By the end of the movie, things are really twisted - that's to put it in one sentence.
The Whole Nine Yards is really funny, most of the time. Perry is so good with his expressions and subtle movements that it is hard not to laugh. The funniest second in the whole movie does not even involve talking; Willis throws Perry a beer can and Perry completely ignores it, and it flies over his shoulder. While it may not sound funny in text, it is hilarious on the screen. The actors really seem to fit well together, making a great ensemble. Near the end, the comedy tapers off a little bit as the film gets more serious, but still manages to throw in some funny things to keep the audience entertained.
The Whole Nine Yards is a great comedy, but people need to remember that this does involve hit man, so it does involve shooting and such. If you liked Grosse Point Blank, you'll love this one, because The Whole Nine Yards is much better. If you didn't like Blank, then you still should like this one, just because it is one funny film.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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