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Dry humor of Whole Nine Yards doesn't affect quality of film


The Whole Nine Yards

Warner Bros.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry
Rating: R

B+


By Brandon H. Franks
Daily Cougar Staff

When you hear the name Bruce Willis, you probably think of an action flick. But if you remember the hit series Moonlighting, then you know just how funny Willis can be. 

In The Whole Nine Yards, Willis plays Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski, a hitman on the run, and proves he's still got that comedic talent. Granted, the comedy can only go so far with one person, and that's where Matthew Perry comes in.


Pierre Vinet/Warner Bros. Films


Matthew Perry (left), Bruce Willis (center) and Amanda Peet star in the hilarious new comedy, The Whole Nine Yards, in theaters now.

Perry plays Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky, a mild-mannered dentist whose wife is out to kill him. When Jimmy moves in next door to Oz, the fun begins and it's a race to see who's going to kill whom.

Perry brings an originality to the film that is seen so much in his role of Chandler on Friends. The double takes and the jerky moves that Perry is famous for fit seamlessly into the movie.

Jimmy may seem extremely uptight as an outcast in society, but throughout the film you see he's just like everyone else -- except his penchant for killing people.

With a supporting cast like Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), who plays Frankie Figs, and Amanda Peet as Jill, the movie throws one punch after another.

As the film goes on it gets predictable at times, and at the same time is as fresh and witty as an improvisation skit.

The whole idea of your wife trying to kill you while your best friend is a hitman is very ironic to say the least.

For a comedy there is still plenty of action -- comedic action, that is. Punches, gunfights and all the gangster stuff associated with the mob play a large role.

Kevin Pollack (Yanni Gogolack) is a great comedian, but his character lacks depth. 

Head of a crime family and having lived in America for years, his character has his accent hidden well, but it seems to be trying to come out. If it had been more noticeable that he had an accent the role would have been a little bit funnier. 

Unfortunately, it seems more like Pollack has a speech problem. That is not funny, just annoying. If the film had gone into any detail about why he was hiding the accent or why he had it period, then it would have been a little better.

The romantic bit of the film is short enough and good enough to keep you interested and does not affect the flow of the movie in any way.

Overall, The Whole Nine Yards doesn't have too many hang-ups and gives you some good laughs for about two hours. One thing's for, sure though You need to be in a good mood to watch it or else you don't stand a chance of appreciating the dry humor in the film.
 

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