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Witless Protection (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 22 February 2008 (USA)
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When a small-town sheriff witnesses what he believes to be an attempted kidnapping, his effort to save the beautiful damsel in distress sets him down a wild path of comic mishap.

Writers:

Charles Robert Carner (screenplay), Charles Robert Carner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry the Cable Guy ... Deputy Larry Stalder
Richard Bull ... Sheriff Smoot
J. David Moeller J. David Moeller ... Elmer
Will Clinger ... Bo
Omar Dykes Omar Dykes ... Gus (as Omar Kent Dykes)
Reno Collier ... Tater
Jenny McCarthy ... Connie
Yaphet Kotto ... Ricardo Bodi
Ivana Milicevic ... Madeleine
Dan Waller ... Agent Orange / MIB #1
Rick LeFevour ... MIB #2 (as Rick Lefevour)
Joseph Luis Caballero ... MIB #3 (as Joe Caballero)
Sean Bridgers ... Norm
Gerry Bednob ... Omar
Claudia Michelle Wallace Claudia Michelle Wallace ... TSA Woman
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Storyline

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 F.B.I. 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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Protecting America's assets.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Wilford Duvall (Eric Roberts) wears a hat and jacket with the letters "P.M.S." on it. The letters stand for Private Maximum Security. See more »

Goofs

Just before the vomit scene on the side of the road, Madeleine changes the stereo in Larry's truck from opera/classical to rap. The scene shows music changing, while she is using the volume control - not the channel selector. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Alternate Versions

Yaphet Kotto's character is named Alonzo Mosely in the theatrical release. Due to rights issues with another studio that owns that character name (from Midnight Run, it had to be changed and redubbed to Ricardo Bodi for the DVD. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Witless Protection Blooper Reel (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Living in Aluminum
Written by Ronald J. Bell, Chad Cardiff
Performed by Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours
Courtesy of DPR Records
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User Reviews

 
proof that witlessness can actually be fun
1 January 2009 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Larry Stalder is a small town sheriff's deputy with a sagging midsection and a grandiose dream of one day becoming an agent for the FBI. He doesn't exactly enhance his chances of fulfilling that dream when he "rescues" a woman whom he mistakenly believes has been kidnapped by what he thinks is a gang of sunglass-wearing mobsters. In actuality, they are federal agents transporting a whistle-blower to a trial in Chicago where her testimony could spell big trouble for a powerful, Enron-type CEO with whom she was once romantically involved. A lengthy cross country chase ensues with the agents hot on the heels of this nitwit law enforcer and his unwitting "hostage."

Armed with crime-fighting knowledge he's gleaned primarily from cable TV, and with a malapropism for every occasion, Larry bumbles his way from one outlandish situation to the next, somehow managing to stay one step ahead of the authorities at all times.

Larry the Cable Guy has that rare ability to perform low comedy routines without having to resort to self-conscious mugging to garner laughs. Likewise, Ivana Milicevic, Eric Roberts, Joe Mantegna, Jenny McCarthy and a whole host of other comic actors throw themselves into their roles with a great deal of abandon and aplomb.

The humor is broad (to put it mildly), but it is more often fleet-footed than flatfooted, and the whole enterprise is so dopey and good-natured that you may just find yourself chuckling right along with all the goofiness - provided, that is, you can put your brain on hold for the full hour-and-a-half that the movie takes to play itself out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,116,692, 24 February 2008

Gross USA:

$4,161,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,161,625
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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