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Movie Review: The Whole 10 Yards

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Apr. 12th, 2004 | 01:19 am
気持ち: sleepy sleepy
音楽: Dir en grey!! Japanese rock group, still love Stacie though

The original cast of “The Whole Nine Yards” is back for the sequel in “The Whole Ten Yards.” However the major difference is the plot and the director of the film.
Jimmy “the tulip” Tudeski (Bruce Willis) has been changing since his marriage with Jill (Amanda Peet). One noticeable difference is his lifestyle. He is no longer the hardcore killer he once was but has become the “killer” Martha Stewart wannabe of a househusband, while Jill works on getting her name noticed in the hitwoman industry. For Jimmy and his wife, marriage has not been an easy ride either. The truth be told, Jill wishes that Jimmy would snap out of living like a domestic civilized person and return back into the business of killing that she adores so much.
Meanwhile, in a different state, Oz (Matthew Perry) and Cynthia (Natasha Henstridge) are trying to enjoy their married life, the only problem is, Oz has become disturbingly paranoid and has a highly expensive security system rigged up all around the house, which his eyes never leave. Cynthia spends most of her days telling Oz that he really has nothing to worry about, but Oz remains unconvinced.
Oz’s paranoia pays off as one day Cynthia is kidnapped. A once powerful Kingpin is released from prison, Lazlo (Kevin Pollack) and is determined to pay his respects to Jimmy for killing off Yanni. However, in order to do that, he must find Jimmy, which means, he must find a way to make Oz talk. Unfortunately, Oz does not squeal the location of Jimmy, but instead flees to Jimmy’s place of residence for assistance. When Lazlo shows up at Jimmy’s house and turns it into swiss cheese, Jimmy is compelled to join Oz and figure out a plan to rescue Cynthia. Will the dynamic team triumph over the tyranny of Lazlo?
The film creates an excellent getaway place from reality as it brings back the original cast from the prequel, “The Whole Ten Yards.” Perry’s character has not changed too much from the first film, if anything, because of his paranoia, he has become clumsier than ever. Of course seeing Bruce Willis perform in another comedy is quite a treat. He still fits the role of Tudeski in portraying the stereotypical hitman, but his out of character scenes also throw a twist in the film which the audience will either find funny, or just plain unnecessary.
One positive point of the film to look forward to is the unexpected ending. While viewing the film, the audience will get the sense that things are not what they seem, but it is difficult to tell which part of the plan is genuine, and which part is planned. Yet, at the end everything comes together, and there is one last surprise, which throws everyone off.
After reading many reviews regarding this film, many people would be tempted not to go and view it. In spite of the reviews, I still ventured to the local theater to see if the film was as bad as everyone put it. I will say that the film was entertaining. As pre-stated, it is a great film to view if you need an “escape from reality” film. I highly doubt that mobsters are as dumb as portrayed in the film, but that is what makes it a great slapstick comedy. There is nothing in the film to really stop and think about why things are the way they are. Though the directors are different (“The Whole Nine yards was directed by Jonathan Lynn, and this one was directed by Howard Deutch), Deutch has done a marvelous job keep true, and even twisting, the characters, the atmosphere, and the originality of the preceding film. The film is a dark comedy and that would be the only strike against (and I would nonetheless conclude is the reason for the bad ratings from most movie critics). If you enjoy the first one, then you might enjoy this one as well, but keep in mind it is a sequel, and like most sequels is hard to live up to the first.

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