It's amazing to the Masked Reviewer to see
how movie titles have changed over the years. In the old days,
when you did a sequel to a film, you just slapped a number on the end.
If you considered your film to be especially important, you might use
roman numerals (like Rocky III). But now, the trend seems
to be to come up with "cleverer" names.
2 Fast, 2 Furious
springs to mind. How about Grumpier Old Men? Or the
aptly named Dumb and Dumberer? Ocean's Twelve is
already in the works (the sequel to Ocean's Eleven) and
Seriously Dude, Where's My Car? is in production. In case you
didn't know, that's the sequel to Dude, Where's My Car? although,
it would have been much funnier and more surprising if it turned out to
be a sequel to Schindler's List.
So, what's next? Will Michael Moore's next documentary be
called Bowling Five Columbine? Will Brad Pitt and Morgan
Freeman reunite to make Ei8ht, the sequel to Se7en?
Or perhaps Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda will get together
to create Ten Three Six (think about it).
Most of the original cast returns to The Whole Ten Yards,
including Kevin Pollack, whose character was killed off in the first
film. How? What? Why? The Masked Reviewer would
like to tell you, but because he doesn't give spoilers, you'll just have
to wonder, or see the movie.
If you like Bruce Willis, this movie features Bruce Willis x 10.
He's Uber-Willis. He takes his character, Jimmy "the Tulip"
Tudeski way over the top. In fact, at times, it's a little
embarrassing to watch. If you saw Harrison Ford in Hollywood
Homicide, you may know what the Masked Reviewer is referring to.
However, Bruce Willis manages to push it so hard and for so long that it
actually gets funny as it continues.
As a matter of fact, Matthew Perry, Kevin Pollack, and Amanda Peet are
all working hard in this one. They relentlessly push for the
laughs. And it's a good thing that they push, too, because the
only laughs to be had in this movie are forcibly wrung out of the
horrible and confusing script. Matthew Perry falls down a lot and
everything is played big. Kevin Pollack's character is a
cartoonish caricature of his character from the first film, which was a
cartoonish caricature to start with. Amanda Peet's charmingly
awkward character is still charming, but much goofier than before.
The plot of the film is superfluous and convoluted. In essence,
The Whole Ten Yards feels like a sit-com, with characters you
already know (if you've seen the first film) being put in a slightly
different situation. That'd be fine, and would make for a possibly
amusing movie. But, for some reason, a twisty and confusing
b-story was intertwined that serves only to annoy and distract the
audience from the characters. It's not a movie that you want to
sit around and discuss with your friends for two hours afterward to
figure out what the hell was going on.
Matthew Perry arguably has his funniest moment on the big screen in
this film, during a rant in his office. Bruce Willis, Kevin
Pollack, and Amanda Peet all get their share of the laughs, too, though
this comedy falls flat frequently.
If you loved
The Whole Nine Yards, there's a good chance you'll enjoy this
one, though a considerably less chance that you'll love this one, too.
If you missed the first movie, you may find this one to be even more
confusing, because very little effort is expended in telling you who
everyone is and how they know each other. It's not like this is
intended to be an epic or important movie...it seems rather odd to leave
a lot of your audience in the dust if they haven't seen the original.
Hardcore fans of Bruce Willis may enjoy his over-the-topedness, but
it can be off-putting at times, too. Matthew Perry fans may find
his slapstick to be a bit much, but he does pull some good laughs out of
his hat (figuratively). Amanda Peet fans will enjoy seeing her on
screen, though if you're hoping for a repeat of her show-stopping breast
display, you'll be sadly disappointed. Her breasts are featured in
one scene, but they aren't seen, they're merely a plot device.
There are some good laughs, but not enough to warrant a Smiley Mask.
Perhaps some nudity would have put it over the edge. The direction
wasn't very good, either...one of the scenes that did have a good laugh
wasn't edited in a way so that the audience could hear the dialogue
after the big joke.
It's not the worst thing you'll see, but not the best, either.
Expectation from the Title: The third part in the trilogy that
chronicles the epic journey of a young woman to find the right aisle in
Costco. First there was The Skim Twenty Feet, then there
was The 2% A Mile and a Half. Will her quest ever end?
Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):
Matthew Perry is a very nice man.
The Pros: Some genuinely good (the Masked Reviewer would even
say "hardy") laughs.
The Cons: No nudity by Amanda Peet. Writing is uneven.
Plot is distractingly bad and complicated.