Although this movie came out in 2000 and I had seen this twice a few years back, it’s one of my favourite movies and since I hadn’t seen it for a while, I just had to get a copy for myself.
The Whole Nine Yards stars Matthew Perry as Nicholas ‘Oz’ Oseransky, a dentist who moved from Chicago to Montreal after his partner & father-in-law got caught in skipping taxes. Oz is saddled with the debt and his wife (Rosanne Arquette) & mother-in-law, both of who can’t stand him and find excuses in putting him down and spending his money. Oz confides in his new secretary, Jill (Amanda Peet), who tells him to leave his wife.
Oz meets his new neighbour, Jimmy Jones who he recognizes to being Chicago hitman Jimmy ‘The Tulip’ Tudesky. Having testified against the Gogolak gang, a very dangerous crime family in Chicago, Jimmy is hiding out in Canada. Although Oz is very scared, he also bonds with Jimmy and tells him about how he came to live in Montreal. However when his wive comes to know that there is a reward money for the whereabouts of Jimmy, she makes him go to Chicago and inform the mob that The Tulip is living in Montreal.
From there we have lots of twists & funny scenes with the mob & with the actors. Oz ends up falling for Jimmy’s estranged wife Cynthia (Natasha Henstridge) and Jill, an aspiring assassin who was hired by Oz’s wife to kill him but couldn’t as she found him so sweet, falls for Jimmy. Along with Frankie Figgs, Jimmy’s fellow assassin, Jill & Jimmy hatch a scheme to get away with $10 million and do away with the mob.
In the end, with lots of funny stuff along the way (most to do with a hapless Matthew Perry who is hilarious in the role), Oz gets the girl he wants, his wife is jailed for trying to get him killed (and they also find a dead cop), Jimmy is presumed dead but is happy with $9 million dollars and Jill for company. The other $1 mil is given as a gift to Oz & Cynthia, who get married and honeymoon in Niagara Falls. 8 outta 10.