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The Whole Ten Yards Review

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by AVForums Aug 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    The Whole Ten Yards Review
    There's a line near the beginning of this movie where Oz Oseranky (Matthew Perry) turns to a room full of gangsters and asks “Does anyone here know what's going on?” (or something to that effect), that's how I felt during most of this movie.

    Reuniting the cast from “The Whole Nine Yards”, this lesser sequel picks up the plot 2 years after the events of the previous movie. Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski is still presumed dead but is actually living in Mexico with ex-receptionist and wanabe hit woman wife Jill. Oz (along with his wife, Jimmys' ex-wife, Cynthia) is looking after his successful dental practice in LA and Lazlo Gogolak (Kevin Pollak, buried under a great deal of latex) has just gotten out of prison in Chicago and is out for revenge on Jimmy for killing his son (who was also played by Pollak) in the previous movie. Taking his change of identity a little too far, Jimmy has become neurotic in his pursuit of household cleaning and gourmet food preparation, whilst Oz is one step away from total paranoia in his worry that someone is out to kill him. Needless to say, returning home to find Lazlo in his lounge and discovering that he has kidnapped Cynthia does nothing to calm Oz's nerves and he's soon on his way to see Jimmy in Mexico. Unfortunately, Jimmy isn't too pleased to see him.I should, at this point, mention that I've only seen part of the first movie which makes this (almost direct to video) sequel really confusing. The script seems to assume you not only saw the first instalment but made meticulous notes regarding every plot point and character since, if you didn't, you'll be floundering for much of the 99 minute run time. Basically what we have here is a continuation of the first plot with Lazlo out for revenge on Jimmy and Oz's nerves crumbling as the movie progresses. There are funny moments to be had though. Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry continue their double act throughout with Perry doing his best Chandler slapstick routines and the rest of the cast (especially Kevin Pollak who seems to be having great fun with the bumbling gangster character of Lazlo) just generally having a good time as they bounce gags of each other. Unfortunately the plot is stretched so thin you can see daylight through it, sub plots seem to come and go with some resolutions being far too contrived which leaves the movie feeling lightweight and more like a made-for-TV special than a sequel.