The Whole Nine Yards (2000) Movie Review

The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

Movie Review by Debbie Winkler


Starring: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan, Natasha Henstridge
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Series: Whole Yards #1
Release Date: 18 February 2000
Language: English
Length: 98 minutes
Movie Rating: R
View Format: TV
My Rating: 4/5 stars


“In the heart of suburbia, a hit man with a heart is about to join the neighborhood. Oz Ozeransky (Matthew Perry) is a sweet, dull dentist living a life of quiet desperation with a monstrous wife (Rosanna Arquette). But when mobster-on-the-run Jimmy “The Tulip” Tudeski (Bruce Willis) moves in next door, it looks like a murder will go down…in addition to the property values.” —


I don’t typically enjoy comedy movies, but I really had fun with this one!  Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry were the perfect foils for each other and I really enjoyed them in their roles.  They made this movie for me!  Bruce Willis plays retired hitman Jimmy “The Tulip” Tudeski, who has just recently been released from jail.  This was a perfect role for Willis and I think that it is his best after the Die Hard movies.  He gets to deliver these outrageous lines with a perfectly straight face and then sit back and watch everyone else react to what he just said.  He has this little twinkle in his eye as he plays this role and I think that he really had a great time with it.  Matthew Perry plays a kind-hearted dentist who has been taken advantage of by just about everyone in his life: his father-in-law who embezzled from their business, leaving Perry to pay it all back; his wife (played by a hilarious Rosanna Arquette, who you just love to hate!) who refuses to give him a divorce until he pays off daddy’s debt and who keeps trying to hire hitmen to kill her husband so she can get his life insurance; the Figueroas, a criminal family in Chicago that his wife sends him to rat out Jimmy “The Tulip” and claim the finder’s fee from; and pretty much every random stranger he meets on the street.  I thought that everyone did a good job acting in this film and pretty much all of the cast appeared to have fun while doing it, though Willis and Perry were definitely the leads.

The plot is pretty simple, but has a few fun twists and turns to keep the viewer interested.  Of course, the storyline is perfectly ridiculous and so far-fetched that it is completely unbelievable, but that was a huge part of what made this movie so fun for me.  With plenty of villains running around, you are never quite sure who is ahead of whom and who is going to win in the end.  There are plenty of funny scenes and witty dialogue to keep even someone like me entertained.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this movie, I think that you should give it a chance – you will probably find something to enjoy in it!  It is on TV often enough that you can just wait for it to show up or you can easily rent it.


This movie is about a hit man and there are quite a few dead bodies, shoot outs and fighting sequences.  There is some strong language, but it was edited out for TV so I am not how bad it was.  As this is a comedy, it is hard to take all of the dying and such too seriously and there is nothing gory contained in the movie.  There are some scenes where there is nudity, but characters are usually show from the shoulders up (on the women – waist up on the men) so there is nothing inappropriate.  Recommended for viewers ages 12 and up if you catch this on TV where it is edited.  I am not sure how graphic a lot of the scenes are if you rent it, but it is rated R so I recommend it for viewers ages 18 and up if you rent this film.

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