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Witless Protection (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  22 February 2008 (USA)
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The story centers on a small-town sheriff who witnesses what he believes is a kidnapping and rushes to rescue a woman. The kidnappers turn out to be FBI agents assigned to protect her and ... See full summary »

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Sheriff Smoot
J. David Moeller ...
Elmer
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Bo
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Gus (as Omar Kent Dykes)
Reno Collier ...
Tater
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Ricardo Bodi
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Norm
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Omar
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TSA Woman
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The story centers on a small-town sheriff who witnesses what he believes is a kidnapping and rushes to rescue a woman. The kidnappers turn out to be FBI agents assigned to protect her and deliver her to a big Enron-type corruption trial in Chicago but are later found to be on the take and are villains who are bent on killing her. Written by anonymous

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sheriff | fbi | shotgun | possum | polo | See All (6) »

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Protecting America's assets.

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Astynomos gia klammata  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,116,692 (USA) (22 February 2008)

Gross:

$4,131,640 (USA) (14 March 2008)
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When Larry first leaves the diner to rescue the victim, the cars in the street change several times. See more »

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Infomercial Announcer: Congratulations on your purchase of the Spartan Police digital training course, guaranteed to turn you into a lean, mean, crime-fighting machine!
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Minuet from String Quintet in E, Op. 13, No. 5
Written by Luigi Boccherini and Fiachra Trench
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Music Provided by APM Music LLC
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Slight of fat
2 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those slight-of-hand smart comedies, which explains why its target audience hated it so much. A bit too intellectual for them.

A lot of the stuff involves dumb gags, silly (and easily seen over-the-top) stereotypes, and the acting is not going to win any awards for comedy or otherwise. But it is all wound up into an enjoyable story and directed well enough that even Eric Roberts is able to handle his role. It also has enough complexity and subtlety to keep it interesting (provided you're able to make it through the first 10 minutes, which really is bad, but does still tie into the story).

Maybe the problem is that the target audience can't handle the memory required to get past the first 10 minutes.


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