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->'''Wallace:''' Was that a tear? ...How do you people do it? Did you... poke yourself in the eye? Or are you thinking right now: "My dog is dead"?\\
'''Lori:''' What's the matter with you? Are you enjoying this?\\
'''Wallace:''' Enormously. "My dog is dead." ''[pokes himself in the eye]'' "My dog is ''dead''."

A 1997 film written by Robert Farrar (adapted from his novel ''Watch That Man'') and starring Creator/BillMurray, which combines AndYouThoughtItWasAGame with Main/MistakenForBadass.

Wallace Ritchie (Murray) is an American [[DeadlyRoadTrip vacationing in London]], hoping to spend his birthday with his brother Jimmy (PeterGallagher). Unfortunately, James has an important business dinner; in order to get rid of Wallace for the evening, he signs him up for an evening with the Theatre of Life, an [[{{LARP}} experimental hyper-realistic audience-participation theater.]]

Wallace receives information, via a phone call, about the character he should play; unknown to him, the calls get mixed up, and he instead receives instructions intended for a real hit-man. HilarityEnsues.

Wallace proceeds to [[LargeHam ham his way]] through the underworld of secret agents and espionage. He almost immediately decides to break from "the script" and help the person he was ordered to kill: Lori (JoanneWhalley), a [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold call-girl with a heart of gold]] who's trying to blackmail the Defence Minister she's been sleeping with. Along the way, Wally accidentally convinces his "superiors" that he's a loose cannon who knows of their devious scheme to restart the Cold War by blowing up the dignitaries at a historic peace accord. And all the while, Wallace thinks the bullets, TruthSerums, car chases and dead bodies are AllPartOfTheShow.

It should be noted that, beyond the [[strike:similar titles]] title which is obviously a [[ShoutOut reference]] (and [[MistakenForSpies superficial plot similarities]]), this film has nothing to do with Hitchcock's thriller ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch''.
!!This film provides examples of:
%%* AndYouThoughtItWasAGame
* AnticlimaxCut: In one scene, Wallace tells Lori that he's not completely a good guy, that if she wants his help, she'll have to do something for him. The dialogue is set up to make the viewer think Wallace is talking about sex... then the scene cuts to Wallace driving Lori's Mini Cooper.
** The joke is [[DontExplainTheJoke kind of ruined]] by the fact that they then have Wallace say, "Thanks for letting me drive."
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Possibly an intentional use: During James' business presentation, the map of Germany is shown. The major cities are labelled... with the names of other German cities.
* AxeBeforeEntering: Used as a blatant ShoutOut to ''Film/TheShining''. For extra points, he uses a croquet mallet, which is similar to what Jack Torrance used in [[Literature/TheShining the original novel]].
* BalconyEscape: Wallace prefers doing this for the film because its much more dramatic than the more conventional method. Since he isn't that strong, he has trouble doing it.
* BangBangBANG: [[LampshadeHanging "Whoa that was loud."]]
* TheBaroness: Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin averts the superficial aspects of the "evil torturer lady" stereotype. But Wallace's [[WrongGenreSavvy familiarity with that particular trope]] leads him to mistake the first septuagenerian dominatrix he meets for Dr. Kropotkin.
* BlackComedy: Referenced and played with. Wallace Ritchie is just having fun gawking at the elaborate "sets" and the performances of his fellow "actors", but Lori interprets his light-hearted demeanour around so much death and danger as a sign that he is an [[LackOfEmpathy emotionally-stunted]] hitman with a [[LaughablyEvil seriously depraved sense of humour]].
** At the end where Wallace is being recruited to be an assassin, he believes they are hiring him to be an actor and offers to do the work for free for children and old people. [[WouldHurtAChild Think about that for a moment, and you'll see why "the team" looked mildly shocked at Wally's response.]]
%%* BornLucky: Wallace.
* TheButcher: Boris Blavasky. In this case, it has a dual meaning -- "Butcher" because his work as a spy/hitman is so brutal and messy, but also because "butcher" is ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin actually his day job]]''.
--> '''Sergei''': Why so gloomy? Is better than being butcher.\\
'''Boris''': I ''like'' being butcher. You know exactly who you are killing... and ''why''.
* CleanupCrew: Averted. Boris wants to use his favourite "messy" interrogation technique, but his assistants dissuade him, because "It is fun for you, but ''we'' have to ''clean up'' afterward!"
* ContrivedCoincidence: One right after the other. This movie pretty much runs on it.
%%* CringeComedy
%%* DeadlyRoadTrip
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After his assassination attempts of Wallace fails for the umpteenth time, Boris gains so much respect for him that he embraces Wallace, gives him a [[ICallItVera gun of sentimental value]] and announces his intention to retire and become a butcher full time.
* DidTheEarthMoveForYouToo: "Wow, that felt like an explosion."
* ElectricTorture: Dr. Kropotkin's preferred method.
%%* TheFool: Wallace.
* FrenchMaid: Lori's costume in her introductory scene.
* GermanicDepressives: At Jimmy's business dinner, he goes into a speech about how warm and welcoming the German people were to him. A German businessman quips, [[SelfDeprecation "You sure you were in Germany?"]]
* HeyCatch: "You've got to see just how dead they are. They might be able to '''catch this!'''"
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Sir Roger and Sergei [[spoiler: get blown up by their own bomb.]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Lori, though she insists she's not a call-girl. Even though she accepted money for sex with the Minister of Defence.
* [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat I Always Wanted To Do That]]: Knocking over traffic cones during a car chase.
%%* InspectorOblivious
%%* InstantSedation
%%* LingerieScene: Lori's introduction.
%%* MistakenForSpies
%%* NotSoFakePropWeapon
%%* TheNounWhoVerbed: The title.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Ninety-four solid minutes of this trope.
-->'''Wallace''': Aren't we both just acting? In the Theater of Life, I mean.\\
'''Lori''': ...[[SureLetsGoWithThat I guess so]].
* PerformanceAnxiety:
-->'''James:''' [Wallace] got the lead part in the school play, but on opening night... I never knew it was possible for someone to forget so much so quickly without a severe blow to the head.
* ThePrecariousLedge: Played with and Lampshaded: "There's a hallway! We can walk."
* ProfessionalKiller: Spencer, Boris, and The Plumbers. All are Hitmen rather than Assassins.
* ReactiveContinuousScream: Happens when Wallace and Lori find a dead body.
* SevenMinuteLull: Jimmy is hurriedly trying to end a phone conversation with Wallace as he tells him how much fun it is working with Lori and how he's looking forward to his next scene with her. Wouldn't you know the dinner chatter dies down just as Jimmy loudly says, [[AccidentalInnuendo "Great! Do it with the girl and have a good time!"]]
* ShaggyDogStory: Often cited as a flaw in the film is that Wallace ''never'' realizes the whole thing is real, leaving the movie feeling like a long joke with some amusing bits along the way but no actual punchline. Even as the credits roll, he has two hard-as-nails spies acting out badly-remembered scenes from ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'', never realizing they're both ''scared out of their wits'' because he went AssassinOutclassin apparently effortlessly and don't want to be next.
* SociopathicHero: Viewing the events of the movie from the point of view of the actual spies can lead to a wildly different interpretation of Wallace. He comes off as an absurdly skilled (even by badass standards) rogue agent who is doing everything he does [[BunnyEarsLawyer just for laughs]], and that it's so easy for him, he can afford to goof around and just do whatever amuses him at the time. Among his many deeds include pretending like he's going to execute Lori, [[ForTheEvulz for no reason whatsoever,]] playing with a dead body and applauding it for being so remarkably dead, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and running over traffic cones]] while fleeing assassins, simply because he's always wanted to do it and now seemed like a good time. Basically, to those not in on the joke (everyone but Wallace), he might as well be the super-spy version of ComicBook/TheJoker.
* ShoutOut: The man disguised as a waiter who approaches Wallace in the end of the film is addressed as [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} "Venkman."]]
** When Boris leaves his minions alone with Wallace he instructs them "...and watch that man." -- referencing the source material of the film.
%%* SpySpeak: "Remember to flush."
* StandardSnippet: Korobeiniki, a traditional Russian folk song, features in this film. Of course, most of you know it as "The Tetris Theme".
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Once they witness Wallace's apparent badassery, pretty much everyone just smiles and goes along with whatever the idiot decides, thinking that kind of thing is just what [[BunnyEarsLawyer crazy superspies]] ''do.''
* ThatCameOutWrong: Boris the Butcher, searching for Wallace backstage where the Russian dancers are setting up, runs into the CampGay director.
-->'''Director:''': Excuse me, no entry without a pass.\\
'''Boris''': I am looking for a tall American man.\\
'''Director''': Aren't we all, darling. But I must ask you to leave.
* ThatRussianSquatDance: Goofier than most actual satires, as Wallace is cradling a bomb disguised as a [[MatryoshkaObject Matryoshka]] doll. And manages to ''disarm it entirely by accident.''
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Wallace expects Dr. Kropotkin, the "evil torturer lady", to look the part. She doesn't.
* TruthSerum: Except [[CassandraTruth no one believes Wallace when he's under the influence]].
-->'''Boris the Butcher''': Who you are working for?\\
'''Wallace Ritchie''': Blockbuster Video, Des Moines Iowa.\\
'''Boris the Butcher''': ''Who'' you are ''working'' for?\\
'''Wallace Ritchie''': Blockbuster Video, Des Moines Iowa!\\
'''Boris the Butcher''': Damn! They train them so well!
* UnusualEuphemism: In addition to the aforementioned "Remember to flush", there's "Spencer knows how to deal with floaters! Tell him to use a plunger or we're sunk!"
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: Sir Roger and Sergai's motivation.
* WorthyOpponent: Boris comes to feel this way about Wallace after getting thwarted enough times.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Everyone who sees Wallace soon comes to the conclusion they're dealing with a master spy with an uncanny ability to survive things and see him as either a hero or a WorthyOpponent. The idea that he has absolutely no clue what is really happening and thinks it's a game is impossible for them to imagine.