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When diffident dentist Oz Oseransky (Matthew Perry), who lives in the suburbs of Montreal with his bitchy French-Canadian wife, Sofie (Rosanna Arquette), discovers his new neighbour is Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski, Bruce Willis, a notorious contract killer, a strange friendship is born. But Sofie persuades Oz to go to Chicago to betray Jimmy to his former boss, Janni Gogolak, Kevin Pollak - that`s where Oz meets Cynthia, Natasha Henstridge, Jimmy`s wife... Comedies about killers have been cinema staples since Ealing Studios showed murder COULD be funny with Kind Hearts And Coronets and The Ladykillers. British director, Jonathan Lynn`s new film introduces us to a whole batch of murderous characters and, for much of its length, it`s fun wondering how the very likable Oz is going to survive. Matthew Perry has his best screen role to date as the bumbling Oz, and though Bruce Willis tends to coast through his portrayal of a charming hitman, there are compensations in the delightful performances of Michael Clarke Duncan, as a truly formidable gunman, Natasha Henstridge, as the voraciously cool Cynthia, Kevin Pollack, with his cheerfully mangled English, as a Hungarian gangster, and Amanda Peet as Oz`s seemingly sweet receptionist who proves to have another agenda altogether. Though it loses its oomph towards the end, The Whole Nine Yards provides plenty of chuckles along the way..Margaret`s Comments:There are some nice moments and some nice lines in this film, but ultimately not enough for me. The whole premise of counterpointing danger with naivete and letting comedy develop as a result seems to have had a bypass, the set-up is there but underexploited. However, Matthew Perry is establishing a very likeable presence on screen and he`s really good as Oz, Bruce Willis coasts through his role, enjoying but not overtaxing himself. And there`s something rather cold-blooded and smug about the ending.