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''The Whole Nine Yards'' is a 2000 Mafia comedy, directed by Jonathan Lynn. Nicolas "Oz" Oseransky (Matthew Perry) is a dentist living and working in Montreal. His life is miserable: his wife and mother-in-law hate him and he is broke thanks to his father-in-law. Then Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (BruceWillis), a hitman hiding out from the mob, moves in next door. HilarityEnsues.

The film received a sequel: ''The Whole Ten Yards'' (2004).

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!!The orginal film and its sequel provide examples of:

* AcronymConfusion: In the sequel, Lazlo Gogolak often makes mistakes about idioms and terms and hates it when people correct him. For example, he thinks that a DUI and an IUD are the same thing.
* {{Adorkable}}: Props to Oz for actually making a plotpoint out of his likability: [[spoiler: Oz is so likable that both Jill and Jimmy are unable to kill him even though they were both supposed to at separate points.]]
** Jill [[spoiler:with respect to Jimmy and contract killing]] is a more amoral take on this.
* AffablyEvil: Franky Figgs. Jimmy.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Exaggerated by Kevin Pollak as Janni Gogolak to great comedic effect; includes unconventional contractions, randomly emphasized letters, and swapped consonants.
-->'''Janni''': Don't b'long.
-->'''Oz''': Don't blong?
** Makes even less sense after the sequel reveals that he grew up in the States.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: [[spoiler: Jimmy offers Jill her first kill--Janni Gogolak and his Mooks.]]
* BerserkButton: Jimmy has two--putting mayonnaise on a burger and adultery. Who knew?
** Three he hates fathers that are rude to or in front of their children.
** Lazlo Gogolak dislikes being corrected.
* AvengingTheVillain: Lazlo Gogolak gets out of prison and immediately starts planning revenge on his son's killers.
** Also, [[spoiler:Oz's new receptionist]] turns out to be [[spoiler:Frankie Figgs's sister]], looking for his killer.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jill is a rare case of one not being treated as an antagonist in any way. After all, her original motive ''was'' to [[spoiler:pose as Oz's assistant in order to kill him.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Oddly enough, several people are shot in this film but don't bleed.
* BoyMeetsGirl: A very atypical version for Oz and Cynthia.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted. When the filming started in Montreal, the script was rewritten to have the story take place in Montreal too.
* CallingCard: The reason for Jimmy's nickname is his penchant to leave a tulip on his targets' bodies.
* ChekhovsGun: In Jill's first scene, she's seen having an intense whispered conversation into a phone. Nothing comes of it for 40+ minutes, [[spoiler:until we find out that this was where she told Oz's wife that she wasn't going through with the hit on Oz.]]
** The first patient we see Oz with turns out to be important to [[spoiler:Oz's plan to save Cynthia]].
* ChekhovsSkill: It turns out that Oz's job is more useful than for making jokes about dentists being suicidal--[[spoiler: the only way to wipe his debt clean with both the mobsters and Jimmy is to replace the dead cop's dental records with a copy of Jimmy's and burn all the bodies.]]
** Except, in the sequel, [[spoiler:Lazlo Gogolak quickly puts 2 and 2 together and comes after Oz]].
* DeadpanSnarker: When he's not being spastic, Oz is pretty deadpan. Then again, what else would you expect from Matthew Perry?
* DidYouJustHaveSex: Given Oz's straitlaced nature towards the topic, it isn't hard for Jill to figure out.
-->'''Jill'''': So, did you do it? Did you do what I told you to do?
-->'''Oz''': No, no. I'm not gonna answer that!
-->'''Jill''': So you did?! I can tell. You had sex!
* DisproportionateRetribution: Things get ugly when Jimmy tells the chef he doesn't want mayonnaise on his burger.
-->'''Jimmy''': I'm gonna send this back and ask for another one, but if you put mayonnaise on it I'm gonna come to your house, chop your legs off, set your house on fire, and watch as you drag your bloody stumps through the door.
** The threat (minus the burger part) is actually word-for-word from a message Bruce Willis left for Matthew Perry. Due to a slight miscommunication, Bruce was under the impression that Matthew Perry was dragging his feet signing on to the movie. So he called him and left a message explaining that he needed to sign on to the movie, or Bruce would...well, see the above. When the director found out, he found it sufficiently hilarious that he had it added to the script.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Jill [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this to help with dispatching some {{Professional Killer}}s.
* DivorceRequiresDeath: Played (sort of) for laughs. The mobster wants to murder his wife because divorce is a sin for Catholics.
* [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything Sounds Bitchier In Quebecois French]]: Sophie (Oz's [[RichBitch wife]])'s accent is rather strong ("Ooooh, zexy!").
* FanService: The nude scenes with Jill.
* FemmeFatale: Jill after [[spoiler:finding out about Jimmy]] has this added to her character, but with the seductive aspect downplayed (and not directed towards the protagonist).
* FriendsAllAlong: Jimmy and Frankie Figgs, except instead of acting like strangers, they act like they want to kill each other.
* GilliganCut: An "immediate" variation - Jimmy tells Frankie Jill "has definite potential" as she's walking away, and she immediately trips on the grass, yelps, and falls over.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Both; also PlayedWith by Jimmy, who's very particular about what's good and what's bad, made all the weirder by the immorality of his profession.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Jimmy and Jill give Oz and Cynthia one million dollars of the contract money provided that they get married. Aw.]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: Jimmy [[spoiler: and Jill]].
* IdentificationByDentalRecords: Jimmy tries to put Oz's skills as a dentist to good use.
* ImStandingRightHere: Oz finds out [[spoiler:Jill was hired to kill him when she's gushing]] to Jimmy about it right in front of him.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Franky Figgs uses this on Oz. It works.
* TheKlutz: Oz. At various points, he spins around, runs into [[ScaryBlackMan Frankie]] and falls over, smashes into a glass door, tries to sit on a stack of items as they slowly collapse under him, and almost flips over backwards putting his feet on his desk.
* MeetCute: A very interesting subversion with Oz and Cynthia. He's up to his neck in hitmen and death but still finds her beautiful and compellingly strong.
* {{Mooks}}: Being a mob boss and all, Janni always has men around him.
* OddCouple: A hitman and a dentist.
* OnlySaneMan: Oz. Cynthia is the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler:Cynthia]] gives Oz grief in the sequel for installing state-of-the-art home protection systems and greeting all guests with a gun. He also wants to build a moat around the house and drops to the ground if a balloon pops nearby. Then, one night, [[spoiler:Lazlo Gogolak and the Hungarian mob]] show up in his house, completely subverting the alarm system.
* RetiredBadass: In the sequel, Jimmy is happy to settle down [[spoiler:with Jill]] in a house on the Mexican coast and be a househusband. He spends his days cleaning, cooking, and taking care of his chickens (all of whom have names). Oz is incredulous when he arrives, and can't believe what he sees (although the first thing he sees is Jimmy emptying a submachinegun clip in his direction). [[spoiler:The whole thing was a gambit by Jimmy and Cynthia to take all of Lazlo's money]].
* RichBitch: Oz's wife acts like one and so does her mother.
* RunningGag: Oz's beeper scaring the crap out of him because it usually goes off in high-stress situations.
-->'''Cynthia''': It's your beeper.
-->'''Oz''': I know.
** The characters' annoyance at having mayonnaise put on their burgers.
** Dentists apparently have a high suicide rate.
** Both Janni and [[spoiler:Lazlo]] like to pretend to have the same likes as others only to immediately deny it.
* ScaryBlackMan: Franky Figgs, who is scary but [[AffablyEvil oddly pleasant]] until he sucker punches Oz in the gut.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Jill performs one on Cynthia before offering her the wedding present.
* SexlessMarriage
-->'''Cynthia''': I haven't had sex in five years.
-->'''Oz''': Neither have I. *{{beat}}* I've been married.
* ShoutOut: Jimmy at one point describes Nicholas as "[[WizardOfOz the Great and Powerful Oz]]."
* SpitTake: On "ten million dollars."
* TattooedCrook: Jimmy has a tattoo of his favorite flower (for which is is nicknamed) and CallingCard on his arm. This is how Oz recognizes him (from a newspaper article).
* TitleDrop: After summing up Jimmy's {{Tontine}} plan.
* {{Tontine}}: The MacGuffin isn't quite a literal tontine, but it has the effect of one.
* UndercoverCopReveal: In the first one [[spoiler:the guy assassin Oz' wife hires after Jill failed is actually a cop who was recording their conversations. He gets killed because he went to try and stop the hit on Jimmy by Janni by Jimmy]].
* VomitDiscretionShot: Oz. Later Lampshaded by Cynthia when she comes by to see him.
-->'''Cynthia''': ''(standing very close to him)'' Have you vomited recently?
-->'''Oz''': Just a minute ago. I was about to brush my teeth.
-->'''Cynthia''': ''(moves away)'' I'll wait.
* {{Yandere}}: Jill is this to Jimmy.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Jill's proposed idea to Oz to make his life suck a little less.