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Witless protection


“Witless Protection,” the third feature film starring Larry the Cable Guy, finds this comedian’s recurring character, Larry, here a small-town deputy, fantasizing about becoming an F.B.I. agent. He plays out his hero fantasies by rescuing a sultry trial witness named Madeleine (Ivana Milicevic, her arrival heralded by hubba-hubba sax music) from the custody of F.B.I. agents who Larry believes are working for the rich crook Madeleine is supposed to testify against in a tax fraud case.

Larry the Cable Guy stars in "Witless Protection," directed by Charles Robert Carner.
Sitcom wackiness ensues, with Larry seesawing between lucid insights (he knows exactly which parts of the F.B.I. handbook the suspect agents are ignoring) and third-grade lunchroom witticisms. (“You’re insane!” “No, ma’am, I’m Larry.”)

The film’s writer and director, Charles Robert Carner, is working on a critic-proof franchise and knows it; the slapstick and action set pieces are lame, and its performances range from competent to annoying. As the chief bad guy, Peter Stormare wolfs down acres of scenery; Joe Mantegna, who has a small role as Larry’s brother-in-law, a scuzzball doctor, gnaws what’s left.

In a potentially amusing film trivia in-joke, the leader of the F.B.I. agents, played by Yaphet Kotto, is Alonzo Moseley, the same straight-arrow African-American F.B.I. man that actor played in the 1988 film “Midnight Run.” Unfortunately, Mr. Kotto is given nothing to do but snarl, sputter and serve as the butt of casually racist jokes.
Date Added: 05/01/2013 by Lamborjini
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