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The Whole Nine Yards



Some very funny moments, but not for kids.
  • Review Date: July 11, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

Comic violence, including lots of guns, characters in peril, deaths.


Nudity, sexual references, and sexual situations.


Very strong language.,

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol abuse, including alcohol used for coping with stress.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is rated R for language, sexual references and situations (including sex used as a negotiating technique), substance abuse (including liquor used to cope with problems), and violence (including the death of a major character).

What's the story?

THE WHOLE NINE YARDS stars Matthew Perry as Oz, a miserable dentist from Chicago, now living in Canada with a wife (Rosanna Arquette) who despises him. He is trying to pay off the debts of her father, who had been his partner, and who embezzled money and then committed suicide. When the notorious Jimmy "The Tulip" Tedeski (Bruce Willis) moves next door, Oz becomes involved in a series of double- and triple-crosses, involving Jimmy's former colleagues in the mob, an assortment of hired killers, and Jimmy's beautiful and lonely wife, Cynthia (Natasha Henstridge).

Is it any good?


There is a nice little comedy genre about mob hit men living in suburbia; this one doesn't quite live up to Steve Martin's neglected gem My Blue Heaven, but it has some very funny moments.

The Whole Nine Yards is a fast and funny comedy that checks morality and political correctness at the door. Perry spends most of his time falling down, when he isn't getting beat up. Amanda Peet is simply terrific as Oz's sympathetic receptionist, with an unexpected expertise in hired killers. And the resolution, following a tough choice between love or money, is very satisfying.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the various ways the mob is portrayed in movies, and research the true history of the mafia.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 18, 2000
DVD release date:July 18, 2000
Cast:Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Michael Clarke Duncan
Director:Jonathan Lynn
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:some sexuality/nudity and violence

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Parent of a 11, 15, and 18+ year old Written byJulieKryger1970 January 5, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byChocolate_n_TWI... February 14, 2009

Absolutely hilarious!!!

I dont get why its rated so high-- there is a bit of sex in it but isnt there in every movie(barring cartoons). I didnt think it was very violent either. On the funny side-- like I said---absolutely hilarious I recommen from 12+!!!
Teen, 15 years old Written bydbzfan6211 April 9, 2008


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