Witless Protection (2008)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Crime

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When a small-town sheriff witnesses what he believes to be an attempted kidnapping, his effort to save the beautiful damsel in distress sets him down a wild path of comic mishap.




  • Ivana Milicevic and Larry the Cable Guy in Witless Protection (2008)
  • Larry the Cable Guy in Witless Protection (2008)
  • Jenny McCarthy and Larry the Cable Guy in Witless Protection (2008)
  • Eric Roberts and Peter Stormare in Witless Protection (2008)
  • Ivana Milicevic and Larry the Cable Guy in Witless Protection (2008)
  • Ivana Milicevic in Witless Protection (2008)

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1 January 2009 | Buddy-51
| proof that witlessness can actually be fun
Larry Stalder is a small town sheriff's deputy with a sagging midsection and a grandiose dream of one day becoming an agent for the FBI. He doesn't exactly enhance his chances of fulfilling that dream when he "rescues" a woman whom he mistakenly believes has been kidnapped by what he thinks is a gang of sunglass-wearing mobsters. In actuality, they are federal agents transporting a whistle-blower to a trial in Chicago where her testimony could spell big trouble for a powerful, Enron-type CEO with whom she was once romantically involved. A lengthy cross country chase ensues with the agents hot on the heels of this nitwit law enforcer and his unwitting "hostage."

Armed with crime-fighting knowledge he's gleaned primarily from cable TV, and with a malapropism for every occasion, Larry bumbles his way from one outlandish situation to the next, somehow managing to stay one step ahead of the authorities at all times.

Larry the Cable Guy has that rare ability to perform low comedy routines without having to resort to self-conscious mugging to garner laughs. Likewise, Ivana Milicevic, Eric Roberts, Joe Mantegna, Jenny McCarthy and a whole host of other comic actors throw themselves into their roles with a great deal of abandon and aplomb.

The humor is broad (to put it mildly), but it is more often fleet-footed than flatfooted, and the whole enterprise is so dopey and good-natured that you may just find yourself chuckling right along with all the goofiness - provided, that is, you can put your brain on hold for the full hour-and-a-half that the movie takes to play itself out.

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Release Date:

22 February 2008



Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Illinois, USA

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,116,692 24 February 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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