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The Whole Nine Yards is a 2000 American crime black comedy film directed by Jonathan Lynn and starring Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Michael Clarke Duncan and Natasha Henstridge. The title derives from the popular expression "everything, the whole lot" or "all the way", and was followed by the sequel The Whole Ten Yards in 2004.

The Whole Nine Yards
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJonathan Lynn
Produced byAllan Kaufman
David Willis
Written byMitchell Kapner
Starring
Music byRandy Edelman
CinematographyDavid Franco
Edited byTom Lewis
Production
company
Morgan Creek Productions
Franchise Pictures
Rational Packaging
Lansdown Films
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • February 18, 2000 (2000-02-18)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$41.3 million[1]
Box office$106.4 million[1]

PlotEdit

Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky (Matthew Perry) is a likable Quebec dentist from Chicago, whose wife Sophie (Rosanna Arquette) and mother-in-law (Carmen Ferland) hate him. Oz’s assistant Jill (Amanda Peet) jokingly asks him to name a price to have Sophie disappear. Oz meets a new neighbor, and realizes he is Jimmy "the Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis), an infamous Chicago contract killer with a bounty on his head from Lazlo Gogolak’s gang.

Oz reveals Jimmy’s identity to Sophie, who is intrigued. Oz befriends Jimmy, and shares his unhappiness: his business partner, Sophie’s father, was involved with an underage boy and embezzled from the practice to pay off the boy’s family before committing suicide, leaving Oz deeply in debt. Oz returns home, where Sophie has arranged for him to fly to Chicago and share Jimmy's whereabouts with Gogolak's son, Janni (Kevin Pollak), for a reward. Oz is reluctant but complies.

Arriving in Chicago, Oz has no intention of giving Jimmy up. At his hotel, he meets Franklin "Frankie Figs" Figueroa (Michael Clarke Duncan), Janni's enforcer, and denies any knowledge of Jimmy, but is brought to Janni’s estate. He meets Cynthia (Natasha Henstridge), Jimmy's estranged wife. Janni instructs Frankie to accompany Oz home and keep an eye on Jimmy until Janni and his men can take him out. At the hotel, Oz calls Jimmy to warn him, but is told Jimmy knows what Oz has done. Cynthia arrives and tells Oz that Janni and Jimmy both want each other and Cynthia dead to collect a $10 million trust – “the whole nine yards.” Oz and Cynthia drunkenly sleep together, and he vows to protect her.

In Canada, Frankie and Oz meet Jimmy, who reveals he and Frankie are planning to kill Janni and Cynthia. Jimmy explains Sophie tried to hire him to kill Oz, and he plans to lure Janni to Montreal. Jimmy offers to kill Sophie, which Oz declines. At work, Oz tells Jill everything. She reveals that she too is a contract killer; hired by Sophie to kill Oz, Jill liked him too much and cancelled the hit. She demands to meet her hero, Jimmy, who enlists her help. Oz tries to call Cynthia, who is en route with Janni. When Janni's gang arrives at Oz's house, Cynthia warns Oz that Janni will kill him after killing Jimmy. The two watch as the gang walks into the ambush.

Down the street, Sophie meets with another hitman (Harland Williams), but when he recognizes Janni and Sophie explains the situation, he heads for the house with a gun. Inside, Janni is distracted by a naked Jill; she, Jimmy and Frankie kill Janni and his men. Oz and Cynthia drive away as Jimmy also shoots Sophie’s hitman, much to Sophie’s horror, and discovers he is an undercover Sûreté du Québec detective. As they dispose of the bodies, Oz calls and suggests a deal to benefit everyone. At his office, he alters the dead detective’s teeth to match Jimmy's dental records, then sets his and Janni’s bodies on fire in Oz's car. Investigators find the remains and believe Janni and Jimmy are dead, and discover a recorder in the detective’s car; Sophie’s conversation about killing Oz sends her and her mother to prison, despite Sophie’s claim that Jill is the killer. Oz is cleared of suspicion, and Cynthia collects the $10 million, transferring it to Jimmy in exchange for her and Oz’s lives.

While Cynthia and Jill are at the bank, Jimmy and Frankie take Oz onto a yacht. Jill urges Cynthia to split the money with her and run, leaving Oz to be killed by Jimmy, but Cynthia realizes she loves Oz and refuses to betray him, and Jill assures her it was a test; Jimmy wants to give Cynthia and Oz $1 million as a wedding gift.

On the boat, Jimmy confirms that the money has been transferred. He points a gun at Oz, but shoots Frankie instead, explaining that Frankie, believing Jimmy had gone soft, would have killed them both. Oz attributes the softness to Jimmy falling in love. Jill arrives and jumps into Jimmy’s arms and, before he and Jill leave, Jimmy tells Oz to say hello to his widow for him. Oz, ignorant of the $1 million, asks Cynthia to marry him. Later, to a bluesy version of "They All Laughed,” the happy couple dance above Niagara Falls.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

The film grossed $57,262,492 during its U.S. theatrical run, with an additional $49,109,159 internationally. Its worldwide total is $106,371,651.[1]

Critical responseEdit

The Whole Nine Yards received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a score of 45% based on 100 reviews from critics, with an average rating of 5.2/10 and the site's consensus reading: "Despite a charming cast, The Whole Nine Yards can't tickle funny bones consistently enough to distract from its sitcom-like story".[2]Metacritic gives the film an average score of 47%, based on 32 reviews.[3] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[4]

Roger Ebert gave the film one of the more positive reviews, noting in particular that the highlight was Amanda Peet's performance as Jill, which Ebert called "perfect".[5]

SequelEdit

A sequel with most of the original cast titled The Whole Ten Yards was released on April 9, 2004.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "The Whole Nine Yards (2000)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  2. ^ "The Whole Nine Yards". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  3. ^ "Whole Nine Yards, The (2000): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  4. ^ "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  5. ^ Roger Ebert. "The Whole Nine Yards". Chicago Sun Times.

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