The Wrong Guy

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy, Crime

A one-note farce stretched beyond endurance, this rambling comedy about mistaken identity belabors its premise ahd shows little in the way of verbal poise or visual panache. Smarmy Nelson Hibbert (Dave Foley) marries the boss's daughter as his first step up the corporate ladder. Nelson goes ballistic in the boardroom after his father-in-law, Mr. Nagel (Kenneth...read more

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A one-note farce stretched beyond endurance, this rambling comedy about mistaken identity belabors its premise ahd shows little in the way of verbal poise or visual panache. Smarmy Nelson Hibbert (Dave Foley) marries the boss's daughter as his first step up the corporate ladder. Nelson goes ballistic in the boardroom after his father-in-law, Mr. Nagel (Kenneth Welsh), fails to promote hi, which makes him the prime suspect when Nagel is killed by a paid assassin (Colm Feore). Even a surveillance video suggests Nelson stabbed Nagel. Authorities eventually deduce the killer's real identity, but can't figure out how to nab the shadowy fiend. The paranoid Nelson flees, believing that the cops intend to arrest him, and is pursued by Detective Arlen (David Anthony Higgins), who's much more interested in the perks of his profession (first class travel, free theatre tickets, etc.) than actually solving crimes. While hitchhiking, Nelson falls for narcoleptic Lynn Holden (Jennifer Tilly), and throughout his travels, Nelson unwitting crosses paths repeatedly with Nagel's murderer. The killer assumes that Nelson is a secret agent hired to capture him, and plots to kill him first. While hiding out at Lynn's, Nelson repays her kindness by trying to prevent the foreclosure of the savings and loan firm owned by her dad, Fred Holden (Joe Flaherty), and the destinies of Nelson and the killer collide at Fred Holden's business. A frantic homage to Hitchcock's THE WRONG MAN, this gooey conspiracy farce flops as a parody and doesn't stand on it own merits as an action comedy. Writer-star Foley never fails to mug when a wink would suffice; apparently he's forgotten the subtlety he showed back when he was one of "The Kids in the Hall."

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: A one-note farce stretched beyond endurance, this rambling comedy about mistaken identity belabors its premise ahd shows little in the way of verbal poise or visual panache. Smarmy Nelson Hibbert (Dave Foley) marries the boss's daughter as his first step u… (more)

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