The Man Who Knew Too Little
There's got to be some point in the career of an actor when we, as audience members, stop ascribing his or her screen persona to the stereotyping of uncreative Hollywood hack writers and start ascribing it to the fact that the person in question is just an absolute moron and is incapable of pretending to be anything other than an absolute moron. Bill Murray is just such a moron.
This is a guy whose last few screen roles include such putrid eye trash as "Larger Than Life," "Quick Change," and "What About Bob?". Unless I've missed one of those hard-hitting pieces of television news journalism on "Entertainment Tonight" about Murray killing his agent, I'd have to say that Murray would have a hard time distinguishing between a good script and a piece of soiled toilet paper.
The purpose of "The Man Who Knew Too Little" is to allow Bill Murray to act like Bill Murray. His character, Wallace Ritchie, travels to England for his birthday and to see his brother, James (Peter Gallagher). Only James doesn't really want to see Wallace, so he sends him off to participate in England's newest television sensation: "The Theater of Life," a participatory experience that allows Wallace to play a role in an apparent real-life situation. As luck and bad scriptwriting would have it, Wallace walks into an actual real-life spy situation, although he thinks it's all fake.
The only thing that makes this film the least bit funny is the idea that it resembles "The Razor's Edge," Bill Murray's one pathetic attempt to actually act. Now Murray gets to play a guy who can't act. Who says art doesn't imitate life?
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