The Whole Ten Yards Review

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The continuing adventures of Jimmy The Tulip's (Willis) attempts to retire from his job as a contract killer to a quiet life in the suburbs, as his wife Jill (Peet) tries to get her own killing career off the ground. However, when their old pal Oz (Perry) turns up with the news that his wife has been kidnapped, their quiet lives are turned upside down.


They may have gone an extra yard in the title, but this follow-up to 2000’s The Whole Nine… sees cast and director take several steps backwards. The audience is asked to remember a four year-old plot in order to understand the premise: the kidnapping of Cynthia (Henstridge) — wife of Perry’s Oz — by crime boss Lazlo (Pollak), who is after revenge on Jimmy The Tulip (Willis) for the murder of his son.

In the first film, where that fateful hit took place, the chemistry between Willis’ dry, threatening hard nut and Perry’s neurotic, stammering prat served up a heady cocktail that added flavour to an otherwise unappetising film; here, however, that cocktail is blended Kia-Ora and Cava, rather than orange juice and Champagne. The pace is relentless — forcing Willis’ laconic Tulip to wilt like his troubled manhood — while the script is so bland it barely musters a whole ten laughs.