The Whole Ten Yards

Release Date: April 9, 2004

This is *not* what I had in mind when you invited me over to help you 'choke your chicken.'

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86/92 David Mumpower A movie so bad that by word association, it makes me hate football a little bit.

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While it might seem unlikely that a film that grossed a mere $57.2 million would merit a sequel, the fact that The Whole Nine Yards made in excess of $75 million in rental revenues was surely a driving force in determining that there was in fact room in the movie market for another Jimmy "The Tulip" tale.

This time around, Mr. The Tulip (Bruce Willis) is trying to be more of a domestic guy. He's eschewed the unpredictable life of a hit man by faking his own death to focus on cooking, housework, and even raising chickens. After relocating to a beach bungalow in Mexico, he's now married to former dental assistant (and hit woman) Jill St. Claire (Amanda Peet), which may have softened him just a bit.

The other focal character, Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky (Matthew Perry), is now married to Jimmy's ex-wife, Cynthia (Natasha Henstridge). Huge complications ensue when Cynthia is kidnapped by the Hungarian mob and Oz must turn to the only person he thinks can help -- Jimmy.

Despite his past relationship to the victim, Jimmy couldn't be less interested in helping. That all changes when some unexpected visitors show up on The Tulip's doorstep. Newly paroled mob boss Laszlo Gogolak (Kevin Pollak) and his doofy henchmen have followed Oz from L.A. to The Tulip's seaside home. The mobster has revenge on his mind, forcing Jimmy, Oz and Jill to take action to battle some ludicrously over-the-top baddies.

While the first film was fairly well-regarded by fans, the footage shown in previews so far looks like a mess. Although the full-length trailer is a huge improvement over the initial teaser, there are still lots of danger signs. A close analogy might be Analyze That, the follow-up to the highly successful Analyze This. That sequel flopped in the wake of a horribly unfunny trailer and a near-humorless television campaign. While Jennifer Aniston looks to have broken away from the "Friends curse," the performance of her tv co-star Perry and The Whole Ten Yards might make people forget her successes in Bruce Almighty and Along Came Polly. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Whole Ten Yards
Main Cast Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet
Supporting Cast Natasha Henstridge, Kevin Pollak, Clara Bellar, Johnny Messner
Director Howard Deutch
Screenwriter Mitchell Kapner
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 99 minutes
Screen Count 2,654
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Comparison films for The Whole Ten Yards
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Shanghai Knights 2/7/0319.60 19.60 2753 7121.00 7121.0 60.47 60.47 3.09
Whole Nine Yards, The 2/18/0013.73 15.35 2910 4720.00 5079.0 57.26 64.05 3.60
Analyze That 12/6/0211.03 11.46 2635 4186.00 4186.0 32.12 33.39 2.91
Serving Sara 8/23/025.76 5.98 2154 2673.00 2673.0 16.93 17.60 2.94



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