Watch The Whole Nine Yards
- 1 hr 38 min
The Whole Nine Yards is a 2000 crime-comedy movie with a star-studded cast that includes Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette, and Michael Clarke Duncan among others. The movie's general plot revolves around Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (played by Willis) who is a contract hitman hiding in a suburban neighborhood from the Chicago mob. Struggling with his yearning for the quiet life and his contract killing past, he tries to keep a low profile and keep his head down.
Dr. Oz Oseransky (played by Perry) is a dentist living next door to Jimmy who hates his life and his wife, Sophie (played by Natasha Henstridge). He is stuck in a seemingly disastrous marriage and has a hard time getting his hands on cash to pay his debts. After some unfortunate events, Jimmy and Oz cross paths, and Oz becomes witness to Jimmy's crimes. Things start to get really complicated when Oz informs the Chicago mob to collect the bounty on Jimmy's head, and they start chasing after him.
The assassination becomes a wild race, with everyone filled with their unique motives and schemes that add to the chaos. Meanwhile, we meet Frankie Figs (played by Micheal Clarke Duncan), Jimmy's former buddy, and new mob boss Yanni Gogolack (played by Kevin Pollak) and his stewardess-girlfriend, Cynthia Tudeski (played by Rosanna Arquette), who is also Jimmy's former wife. As the race goes on, each character's true colors emerges as they try to either bait or aid Jimmy, resulting in a series of comedic moments.
The movie is an entertaining blend of crime, comedy, and tongue-in-cheek humor that keeps the audience's attention from start to finish. The movie is also filled with an attractive cast who excel at comedic timing, particularly Perry and Willis who share exceptional chemistry, and Arquette who gives a hilarious and memorable performance. The script is dynamic and engaging with a few twists and turns that keep the audience guessing. The direction is well done, with the movie flowing smoothly, and the timing on the comedic bits spot-on.
The movie's title is a nod to Jimmy's style of killing, which he refers to as "The Whole Nine Yards." For those in the dark, it means using everything in your arsenal to get the job done. The meaning of this phrase reflects how Jimmy approaches everything in his life, put all in and take no prisoners. It perhaps offers some insight into why he is so successful at what he does.
The Whole Nine Yards is a story that weaves comedy and revenge with an impressive cast, making it an enjoyable watch that keeps the audience guessing. The movie offers enough excitement, laughs, and suspense to make it a great experience for people who love movies in the action-comedy genre. While the movie does take emotional concepts like love, loyalty, and relationships back to basics, it does not detract from the entertainment value. Instead, it emphasizes the comical elements and highlights the characters' craziness in a way that endears the audience.
In conclusion, The Whole Nine Yards is an enjoyable watch, one that entertains from start to finish. The movie's light-hearted approach to serious themes like betrayal, murder, and revenge, highlight the absurdity of life, making the movie a unique and fun experience for everyone. The comedy is solid, and the moments of action and thrills reveal something new about each character, making it a memorable piece of cinema that deserves a spot in everyone's movie bucket list.
The Whole Nine Yards is a 2000 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 47.