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Barry Sonnenfeld directs this kissing cousin of his own 1995 hit Barry Sonnenfeld, a comic caper adapted by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone from the novel by newspaper humorist Dave Barry. When two New Jersey hitmen (Dennis Farina and Jack Kehler) show up in Miami to whack crooked businessman Arthur Herk (Stanley Tucci), they happen to creep into his backyard at the same time as Matt (Ben Foster), a high school kid with his own assassination plans. Only, Matt plans to use nothing heavier than a squirt gun on Jenny (Zooey Deschanel), Arthur's daughter, as part of a school-wide game of "killer." When the plans collide, mayhem ensues, and Matt's struggling ex-columnist dad (Tim Allen, loosely modeled on Barry), Arthur's bored wife (Rene Russo), and two confused police officers (Janeane Garofalo and Patrick Warburton) are also called to the scene. Shift to the next day and there's more craziness to follow. Two dimwitted petty criminals (Tom Sizemore and Johnny Knoxville) choose the exact moment Arthur is transacting a nuclear arms deal to hold up the dive bar where they're regulars, which is actually a front for the Russian mob. Soon the whole motley cast -- including an agreeable drifter (Jason Lee), a buxom maid (Sofia Vergara), and a pair of ruthless FBI agents (Heavy D and Omar Epps) -- are caught up in a hostage scenario in which the weapon accidentally gets brought aboard a hijacked plan. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

  • Release date:April 5, 2002


Tim Allen
as Eliot Arnold
Rene Russo
as Anna Herk
Stanley Tucci
as Arthur Herk
Tom Sizemore
as Snake Dupree
Johnny Knoxville
as Eddie Leadbetter
Jack Kehler
as Leonard
Omar Epps
as Alan Seitz
Janeane Garofalo
as Monica Romero
Sofía Vergara
as Nina
Ben Foster
as Matt Arnold
Heavy D
as Pat Greer
Siobhan Fallon-Hogan
as Ticket Agent
Dennis Farina
as Henry
Jason Lee
as Puggy
D.J. Qualls
as Andrew
Zooey Deschanel
as Jenny Herk
Andy Richter
Patrick Warburton
as Walter Kramitz


Barry Sonnenfeld
Barry Sonnenfeld
Tom Jacobson
Barry Josephson
Matthew Stone
Robert Ramsey
Greg Gardiner
James Newton Howard
Composer (Music Score)
Steve Weisberg
Garreth Stover
Production Designer
Graham Place
Jim Wedaa
Executive Producer
Mary Vogt
Costume Designer