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Thanks to falsified dental records, retired hitman Jimmy now spends his days compulsively cleaning his house and perfecting his culinary skills with his wife Jill, a purported assassin who has yet to pull off a clean hit. Suddenly, an uninvited and unwelcome connection to their past unexpectedly shows up on their doorstep.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 7 S-words, 1 GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Male rear, non-sexual nudity; some off-screen sex and sex humor. VIOLENCE: Shootings and fights; some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: Some shootouts. COMEDY: Wisecracks, slapstick, a lot of a darker vein; sex humor.
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Roger EbertFull Review Poor A fog of gloom lowers over "The Whole Ten Yards," as actors who know they're in a turkey try their best to prevail. We sense a certain desperation as dialogue mechanically grinds through unplayable scenes, and the characters arrive at moments that the movie thinks are funny but they suspect are not. This is one of those movies you look at quizzically: What did they think they were doing?
USA TodayFull Review Average ...the material they have to clomp through is like a cheese dish that has been sitting out the whole 10 days. Here's another major-studio comedy that makes you want to apply for frequent-misery mileage. Ten is more stale than it is ungodly.
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We collected 174 moviegoer opinions. The teen and twentysomething groups, both male and female, enjoyed "The Whole Ten Yards" the most. Approximately three-quarters rated it "Very Good" or higher, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Of the remaining quarter, most rated it "Good" or "Fair," which isn't great, but they still enjoyed it somewhat.
Adults rated it quite a bit lower, especially the females. Only a third to a half rated it "Very Good" or higher and quite a few rated it as only "Fair."
Overall, I would say if you're young and you enjoyed the first movie chances are high that you will be very pleased with this new movie. If you're an adult I would strongly recommend caution. Chances aren't all that good that you will enjoy it enough to warrant the cost of a full price movie ticket. I would recommend a matinee just in case.
Retired hit man Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (BRUCE WILLIS) is enjoying the quiet life in a beachfront bungalow in Mexico.
Thanks to falsified dental records supplied by onetime neighbor and friend Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky, D.D.S. (MATTHEW PERRY) at the end of The Whole Nine Yards, Jimmy double-crossed the Gogolak gang and escaped the Feds by faking his own death. Now, secure in his Baja hideaway, Jimmy has traded in his shotgun for a dust buster and is learning to channel his natural intensity into more domestic pursuits like cleaning, decorating and perfecting his culinary skills while working through some of the personal issues that led him to a life of crime. Meanwhile, his wife Jill (AMANDA PEET), an idealistic wannabe assassin who has yet to pull off a clean hit, dreams of the good old days when the only thing her wild man Jimmy cared about wiping up was evidence.
Suddenly, an uninvited guest shows up on the Tudeskis' doorstep. It's Oz, breathless and desperate, begging them to help rescue his wife, Cynthia (NATASHA HENSTRIDGE), who has been kidnapped by the Gogolaks.
Jimmy couldn't be less interested. It's not his job anymore. But before he can toss Oz out on his ear, more gate-crashers arrive. Newly paroled mob boss Lazlo Gogolak (KEVIN POLLAK) and his goons have followed the naïve dentist down from L.A. and right into Jimmy's front yard. All that crazy old Lazlo has been thinking about in jail is how he's going to get even with Jimmy for knocking off his favorite son, Yanni, and how he's going to fix that conniving Oz for helping him get away with it.
Now Jimmy, Oz and Jill will have to go the whole nine yards - and then some - to save Cynthia, teach Lazlo a lesson and keep one step ahead of the mounting mayhem.