Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector is a 2006 American comedy film starring American stand-up comedian Larry the Cable Guy. Larry, a municipal restaurant health inspector, is assigned a new rookie partner after recklessly closing restaurants for code violations, Amy Butlin (Iris Bahr), by his boss, Bart Tatlock (Tom Wilson). Together, Larry and Amy work to solve a series of food poisonings at four-star restaurants.

Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byTrent Cooper
Produced byAlan C. Blomquist
J.P. Williams
Written byJonathan Bernstein
James Greer
Music byTim P.
Stephen Phillips
CinematographyKim Marks
Edited byGregg Featherman
Shaler Entertainment
Parallel Entertainment Pictures
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$17 million[1]
Box office$15.7 million


Larry is a big city health inspector with questionable practices and his own way of doing things. Larry's boss, Bart Tatlock (Tom Wilson), in an attempt to acquire information on his activities in order to get him fired, assigns Larry a new partner, Amy Butlin (Iris Bahr), a by-the-book professional who takes the job seriously. She tries to learn the ropes of health inspection while putting up with Larry and his personality as well as getting the information Tatlock needs to get Larry fired.

As Larry and Amy do their job as city health inspection team, a serial criminal is poisoning four-star restaurants. Trying to avert a panic, and keep the matter of the poisonings under control, Tatlock puts his best people on the job, and not Larry. Larry and Amy are called in on one of the poisonings, but Tatlock forbids them from working on such an important case. Larry and Amy continue to inspect lower-profile restaurants, but the Mayor Maurice T. Gunn (Joe Pantoliano) is tricked into assigning Larry and Amy to the more important poison case, much to Larry and Amy's enthusiasm. Larry and Amy go undercover at one of the restaurants, and obtain a tape recording of a conversation between the Mayor Gunn and Chef Leon, in which the chef clarifies Gunn's request that the food being prepared by Chef Leon be poisoned.

Larry and Amy interrupt the mayor during an interview with their evidence, but the mayor explains that Chef Leon was reacting to the mayor's instruction to put French's mustard on the Gunn's chicken piccata, an act that the insulted Chef Leon viewed as a metaphorical act of "poisoning" to his life's work. When Larry speaks to Chef Leon over the phone, Chef Leon corroborates this interpretation. As a result, Tatlock fires Larry.

Despondent, Larry visits his old friend Big Shug, but ends up alienating him as well. Heading over to his romantic interest, Jane's (Megyn Price) house, Larry sees she and her mother (Lisa Lampanelli) are enjoying a friendly social visit by the mayor. Feeling as if his life has hit rock bottom, Larry resolves to solve the poisoning crimes. He confronts Mayor Gunn, who reveals that Lily Micelli (Joanna Cassidy), the owner of Micelli's restaurant, had him make sure that Larry was assigned to the poisonings case. Larry and Amy realize that Micelli did this so to ensure that case was investigated incompetently, as she is the one behind the poisonings. At a taping of the television cook-off show, Top Chef, Larry and Amy expose Micelli's culpability and arrest her, and are vindicated.



The film earned $15,680,099 at the American box office.[2]

The film was panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 5% based on reviews from 39 critics. The website's consensus states: "An aggressively lowbrow vehicle for its titular star, this gross-out comedy fails to "git-r-done."[3] On Metacritic it has a score of 21% based on reviews from 14 critics, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews".[4] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[5] Rotten Tomatoes ranked Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector #85 on its "The 100 Worst Reviewed Films of All Time: 2000-2009" list.[6]

Joe Leydon of Variety wrote: "Entirely comfortable as the crude character he has honed in countless stand-up routines and TV appearances, Larry the Cable Guy sustains a level of likeability that enables him to get away with a lot more than he has any right to. But, he remains very much an acquired taste."[7] J. R. Jones of the Chicago Reader wrote: "Though some of his one-liners are pretty good, his shtick can't sustain this dutifully scripted comedy."[8]

Lou Lumenick of the New York Post called it "Virtually unwatchable and laugh-free."[9]


The film was nominated for one Golden Raspberry Award, Larry the Cable Guy was nominated in the "Worst Actor" category.[10]

Home mediaEdit

The DVD was released August 8, 2006.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector Box Office Data". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  4. ^ "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  5. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  6. ^ "Worst of the Worst 2009 - Dragonfly". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2013-12-15.
  7. ^ Leydon, Joe (25 March 2006). "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector". Variety.
  8. ^ Jones, J. R. (March 6, 2007). "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  9. ^ Lou Lumenick (March 25, 2006). "TRAILER TRASH". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2006-04-23.
  10. ^ "Razzies 2006 Nominees". January 22, 2007. Archived from the original on 2 February 2007.

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