Man Who Knew Too Little, The
Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 6.5 Beans
allace Ritchie (Bill Murray, "Ghostbusters") is a dunderheaded Des Moines video store employee who pays a surprise visit to his brother James (Peter Gallagher, "The Hudsucker Proxy"), who lives in London England. Unfortunately the timing isn't right, James is hosting an important business dinner, so he sends his brother out to participate in Britain's latest craze, an audience participation theatre in which an audience of one is ushered through an interactive drama throughout London. Unfortunately the timing is still not right and Wallace is mistaken for a hit man (as Wallace mistakes the intended target as an actress in the interactive drama), taking him through an unfolding high-stakes international scheme that he believes the entire time to be nothing more than the interactive play. Unfortunately the timing continues to be off, leading the real audience through an incredibly long and predictable movie.
The funniest movie involving British people since "Bean", "The Man Who Knew Too Litle" managed to evoke a chuckle from this reviewer only because the word "beans" was said by a character in the movie, bringing back supressed emotions about the hell I endured at the hands of the British a week earlier. "Austin Powers" had British people in it and it was funny, was "Austin Powers" just a fluke?
As the movie dragged on I thought about the free Hanson concert out in the parking lot and pondered which would be the lesser torture. But, I finally decided that the theater chair was comfortable, it was dark, and most importantly, it was very, very quiet. If you are in need of a nice nap, a theater playing "The Man Who Knew Too Little" is the perfect place to be.
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Ken M. Wilson