The Whole Ten Yards is a 2004 American crime comedy film directed by Howard Deutch and starring Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Natasha Henstridge, and Kevin Pollak. It is a sequel to the 2000 film The Whole Nine Yards. It was based on characters created by Mitchell Kapner, who was the writer of the first film.

The Whole Ten Yards
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHoward Deutch
Screenplay byGeorge Gallo
Based onCharacters
by Mitchell Kapner
Produced byDavid Willis
Allan Kaufman
Elie Samaha
Arnold Rifkin
CinematographyNeil Roach
Edited bySeth Flaum
Music byJohn Debney
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • April 7, 2004 (2004-04-07)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$40 million
Box office$26.2 million[1]

The film was released on April 7, 2004 in the United States. Unlike the first film, which was rated R and was a commercial success despite receiving mixed reviews, The Whole Ten Yards received a PG-13 rating and was a critical and commercial failure.

Plot edit

Thanks to falsified dental records supplied by his former neighbor Nicholas "Oz" Ozeransky, retired hitman Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski spends his days compulsively cleaning his house and perfecting his culinary skills with his wife, Jill, a purported assassin who has yet to pull off a "clean" hit – everyone she is hired to kill dies in bizarre accidents before she has a chance. Oz now owns a dental practice in California and has married Jimmy's ex-wife Cynthia and expecting their first child, but the relationship is strained by Oz's excessive paranoia as well as Cynthia's secret continued contact with Jimmy.

Their lives are further complicated by the return of Laszlo Gogolak, Jimmy's former mob boss and father figure, whose son Janni was killed by Jimmy and Jill while Laszlo was in prison. Having deduced that Jimmy faked his death, Laszlo abducts Cynthia and threatens Oz to try to learn Jimmy's location, but Oz escapes. A desperate Oz contacts Jimmy and Jill, but Jimmy refuses to help until Laszlo's men attack, having followed Oz to Jimmy.

Capturing Laszlo's remaining son Strabovitz, Jimmy offers to trade Strabo for Cynthia. Oz triggers further conflict between Jimmy and Jill when he reveals Jimmy still wears a crucifix from Cynthia. At a bar, Jimmy becomes increasingly depressed at his failure to father a child with Jill, and aggravates Oz by discussing his and Cynthia's old sex life, culminating in Oz and Jimmy becoming so drunk they wake up in the same bed.

Frustrated by her poor sex life with Jimmy, Jill attempts to seduce Oz but is interrupted by Jimmy, who knocks Oz out and regains his passion for Jill and his work as the two have sex in the bathroom. Re-arming themselves at Oz's house, the three are attacked by an unknown marksman and Strabo is killed in the crossfire. Jimmy insults Jill’s capabilities and coldly dismisses Oz; Jill leaves. Oz retreats to his practice where he is met by Jimmy, who apologizes for recent events. The two are chloroformed by Oz's new receptionist Julie, revealed to be the sister of Frankie Figgs, seeking revenge for Oz and Jimmy's role in her brother's death.

Waking up beside Cynthia and Jimmy in Laszlo's apartment, Oz is shocked to learn that the entire situation has been planned by Jimmy and Cynthia to find Laszlo's half of the first dollar he ever stole, which he had torn and divided between Jimmy and Janni as kids. As Laszlo prepares to kill them, Jill arrives, having tied up Strabo's body in her car with explosives to appear alive, and threatens to detonate unless Laszlo releases Oz and Cynthia. Asking to join Laszlo's organization, Jill is ordered to kill Jimmy, who tells her she'll never be a successful hitter before she shoots him in the heart.

Jill's car explodes as Laszlo's men try to release Strabo, revealing Jill was in on the plan and shot Jimmy with blanks. Jules is exposed as the shooter who killed Strabo, and Laszlo shoots her. Jimmy, unable to kill the man who raised him, has Jill shoot Laszlo in the foot. Jimmy and Cynthia further reveal that Laszlo's half of the dollar combines with Jimmy’s to reveal the number for a $280 million bank account. Jill reveals she is pregnant, and the four drive away as Laszlo is arrested.

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Reception edit

Box office edit

Unlike the first film, which was a commercial success, The Whole Ten Yards was a box office bomb, bringing in only $16.3 million in North America and $9.8 million internationally. With a worldwide total of $26.2 million, less than a quarter the gross of the original, the film did not recoup its $40 million budget.[1]

Critical response edit

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 4% of 120 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 3/10. The website's consensus reads: "A strained, laugh-free sequel, The Whole Ten Yards recycles its predecessor's cast and plot but not its wit or reason for being."[2] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 24 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[3] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.[4]

In Matthew Perry's memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, the actor stated that this film's disappointing reception drastically curtailed his film career writing, "That was the moment Hollywood decided to no longer invite Mr. Perry to be in movies”. He sought more dramatic roles afterward.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ a b The Whole Ten Yards at Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
  2. ^ "The Whole Ten Yards Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "Whole Ten Yards, The (2004)". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  4. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  5. ^ "The biggest revelations from Matthew Perry's memoir, published one year before his death".

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