832. The Whole Nine Yards

Title: The Whole Nine Yards
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Year: 2000
Run time: 1hr 38m

“Matthew Perry (Friends) stars as a mild-mannered dentist, whose next-door neighbour (Bruce Willis) just happens to be a notorious mob hit-man out on parole.”

Live blog

2:39 – Happy marriage!
4:03 – Mr C is enjoying the car rage.
9:17 – I love Bruce and Matthew. Great pairing.
14:22 – I am concerned the lawn has been left half mowed.
20:56 – “Why do you want to go cluttering your mind with the inconsequential?”
24:01 – Yimmy Tudeski.
30:58 – I talk while I’m cleaning my teeth too, no one ever understands.
33:56 – Title!
38:25 – I do love Amanda Peet in this.
39:22 – Ha, that’s my favourite bit. Bumping into the wall that is Frankie Figs.
43:00 – “You’ve killed seventeen people and you don’t think my wife is a good person?”
57:49 – The cars in this film are pretty dire.
1:03:48 – How do these people have stairs that don’t squeak?
1:08:40 – Excellent neck cracking. Jealous!
1:10:42 – You don’t want to disappoint Bruce.
1:14:16 – Never seen gaffa tape used like that before. It fixes EVERYTHING.
1:18:22 – Their front lawn is big enough to fit a helicopter on it!
1:21:13 – “I’m being careful. I’m a dentist.”
1:28:49 – Love the banking bod.

Conclusions

I remembered seeing this before and enjoying it quite a lot but when we came to watch it, I couldn’t really remember the intricacies of what it was all about. I was glad for that, as the joy of everything unfolding is part of the fun – how the people all intertwine with each other and the mess-ups, mix-ups and machinations of mobs continue to add layers of complexity to a good story.

On top of that, I really like the partnership between Bruce and Matthew, but also between Bruce and Amanda. Those two pairings make for the most enjoyable part, alongside some of the more slapstick stuff (like Matthew running smack dab into that big guy from Armageddon and falling behind a sofa.)

Great fun, but not so laugh out loud that it’s exhausting, just a gently entertaining comedy with a happy ending all round.

Rating: 4/5.