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The Whole Ten Yards

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2004 1 Jan
The Whole Ten Yards

from Film Forum, 04/15/04

Why bother to summarize a comedy that gets such bad reviews? Apparently the star power of Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis aren't enough to save this sloppy sequel to The Whole Nine Yards. You can read the synopsis to director Howard Deutch's film here.

Mainstream critics are ranking this film among the year's worst so far. Meanwhile, Annabelle Robertson (Crosswalk) says, "To say that the plot … is convoluted would be putting it mildly. I'm still not sure who knew what and who was doing what to whom, except that there was a lot of gun-pointing, sex talk, … and discussions about erectile dysfunction. That four good actors would choose to be in this is, frankly, beyond my comprehension."

Phil Boatwright (Movie Reporter) says, "I missed the press screening and was forced to pay $7 for a matinee ticket. I laughed twice. That's $3.50 per laugh."

Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) frowns as well. "It is proof that, sometimes, going the extra yard can be a big mistake. The problem with the film is that [the filmmakers] give us no good reason to revisit these characters. Perry's nervous antics and pratfalls seem stale and gratuitous. Willis just goes for cheap laughs and doesn't even pretend to care about character consistency."

Bob Smithouser (Plugged In) says, "Forget the violence, vicious threats, language, alcohol use, and sexual content for a minute. Every character in this film needs some form of therapy. And fast. Their psychoses are supposed to be funny, and sometimes they are. But if you stop long enough to think about who you're being asked to root for, it's pitiful."

Sheri McMurray (Christian Spotlight) calls it a "poorly done, offensive sequel" and "an awful failure with no redeeming spiritual qualities. How can we have a PG-13 rating with a movie about hired assassins—let alone all the sex and violence?"

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