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The Whole Nine Yards The Whole Nine Yards

I had a great time at this dark comedy starring Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis.

Perry plays Oz Oseranski, a likable American dentist living in Montreal with his nasty wife Sophie (Roseanna Arquette) with a phony Canadian French accent.

His life takes a turn for the worst, when hit-man Jimmy, "the Tulip" Tudeski (Willis), sporting a permanent smirk and acting like he really enjoys playing this role, moves in next door.  He's hiding out from Chicago mob boss, Yanni Gogolak (Kevin Pollack) who wants to knock him off for squealing to the cops.

Money hungry Sophie nags Oz into going to Gogolak and telling him where to find Jimmy, in exchange for a finder's fee.  For some reason, Oz doesn't realize that his actions could result in Jimmy's death.  In fact, everyone Oz bumps into is out to kill someone or other.

Sophie wants her husband knocked off, Yanni wants Jimmy dead and Jimmy is out to kill his estranged wife (Natasha Henstridge) and Yanni.  Right in the middle of everything, is the baffled dentist, Perry a confused, bumbling innocent.

The cast is large and very funny.  Willis, who's played a hit-man many times before, is comfortable in the role, as is Perry as the nice guy who finds himself in big trouble, his pratfalls are as good as Chevy Chase in his prime.

Amanda Peet is terrific as Oz's dental assistant.  She's filled with excitement for her new career as a hit man and her exuberance is contagious, the screen lights up whenever she appears.  The Green Mile's Michael Clarke Duncan is perfect as Gogolak's henchman.

The plot is loaded with twists and turns and a new possible victim shows up with every new scene, and through it all, Perry's character runs around smashing into things.  Everyone seems to be having a great time playing these outrageous characters, and I had a great time watching them.

The Whole Nine Yards

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