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The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

A struggling dentist's life is turned upside down when a famous gangster moves in next door, and his wife convinces him to inform a notorious mob boss about the gangster's whereabouts.

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Sophie's Mom (as Carmen Ferlan)
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Mr. Boulez
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Waitress (as Renée Madelaine Le Guerrier)
Jean-Guy Bouchard ...
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Montreal, Canada. A down-on-his luck dentist, "Oz" Oseransky (Matthew Perry), discovers that his new neighbor is Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis), former mob contract killer turned police informant upon whom the Hungarian mob has put on price on. Egged on my his loathsome wife Sophie (Rosanna Arquette), Oz sets off to Chicago to let the mob know where The Tulip is, and hopefully claim part of the reward. Written by grantss

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In the heart of suburbia, a hit man with heart has just moved in. See more »

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18 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bérgyilkos a szomszédom  »

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Box Office

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$41,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,915,676, 20 February 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,262,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,371,651
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When Matthew Perry is cutting the grass at the beginning of the movie, he's wearing a shirt with the crest of the hockey team, the Ottawa Senators. Matthew Perry spent some time growing up in Ottawa, Ontario. See more »

Goofs

During the sight seeing tour, Jim and Oz are on elevated view of Montreal. In the back ground is a round building, there are two men talking to Oz's right. In the close ups the two men nor the building is seen. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: My wife? You shtupped my wife, Oz?
Oz: I wouldn't exactly phrase it that way, exactly...
Jimmy: [with increasing anger] No, no, no! Let me get this straight. You went down to Chicago and engaged in sexual CONGRESS with my wife? Is that what you're telling me?
Jill St. Claire: Jimmy, Jimmy, calm down!
Jimmy: [now livid] IS IT? I SWEAR TO GOD...!
[Jill takes the phone from Jimmy]
Oz: [to Cynthia] He's a little upset. I've managed to upset a mass murderer.
Jimmy: FIND OUT WHERE HE IS!
[into phone]
Jimmy: JUST STAY RIGHT THERE!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits, we see Niagara falls with traffic passing by it. We then see Oz and Cynthia dancing with each other. [fade to black] [fade in to band] Finally, we see the band we saw earlier in the film, with the singer, performing the song "They All Laughed." See more »

Connections

Remade as Awara Paagal Deewana (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Rock
aka " (Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone"
Written by Roy E. Montrell, John Marascalco, and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell
Performed by The Up Top Orchestra
Courtesy of Bruncotic Music
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Fun, light entertainment
5 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I watched this one on the dish the other day, eager to see Montreal in a movie actually playing Montreal, as opposed to masquerading as New York or Chicago or some other city. Other than that, I really didn't know what to expect.

I was pleasantly surprised in a few ways. Matthew Perry was playing his usual goofy character, as a result of total lack of any acting ability whatsoever. But Bruce Willis is always good, Amanda Peet stole the screen in almost every scene she was in, and the plot line was just quirky enough to be entertaining. Innovative and fresh, I found this film to be more creative than most of what's currently out in the theatres. It didn't have that formula imprint of so many Hollywood films (i.e. take the comedy formula off the shelf and cast it by Friday). I actually laughed out loud at a few moments.

The movie did go wrong in a couple of places. Being a Montrealer, I noticed a few things that most viewers might have missed. For instance that their obsession with Mayonnaise on hamburgers, which is integral to the plot, isn't based on any reality that I know of as I have yet to find a Montreal restaurant that puts mayonnaise on burgers. Rosanna Arquette's French accent is even worse than mine, even though it's supposedly her character's first language. Matthew Perry's love scenes with Natasha Henstridge are so ridiculously unrealistic, even the non-cynical will yawn. And the director seemed to have an obsession with pointing out Montreal landmarks, even if they had nothing to do with the plot.

Those are small things in the grand context of the movie, though. If you liked movies such as The Big Hit, this is very similar. It's not meant to be taken very seriously, so the plot turns are more for absurdity's sake than for any kind of buildup of suspense. Still, if you're looking for some lighter entertainment, it's a good choice.


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