The Whole Nine Yards

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Some very funny moments, but not for kids.
  • R
  • 2000
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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


Nudity, sexual references, and sexual situations.


Very strong language.,

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol abuse, including alcohol used for coping with stress.

What 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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNonaNo October 19, 2019

Lots of female nudity

Lots of nudity towards the end. Woman bouncing around with no shirt. Not a family and in my opinion not for couples. Based on murdering someone for money kind... Continue reading
Parent of a 11, 15, and 18+-year-old Written byJulieKryger1970 January 5, 2009
Teen, 15 years old Written byZeynepm May 20, 2018

Nudity and sexual image

There is nudity and sex in it but It is really amusing
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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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