The Man Who Knew Too Little—Stupid but Fun

The Man Who Knew Too Little movie poster
The Man Who Knew Too Little

The Man Who Knew Too Little is a sendup of spy films. A hapless American on vacation in London gets wound up in an caper after inadvertently taking a phone call meant for a spy.

1—The Setup

Wallace Ritchie (played by Bill Murray) goes to visit his brother in England but his brother has a business meeting that night, and so arranges for Wallace to spend the evening at an interactive improv theater. But due to a mix up, instead of taking the theater’s phone call, he takes the phone call meant for a real spy. While trying to do “scenes” he accidentally foils plans to restart the Cold War.

2—The Center of the Movie

The actual acting was pretty good. Everyone did their part justice, but Bill Murray really is the center of everything in this movie, both because he is the linch-pin of the plot and because, well, he’s Bill Murray. Everyone else is moving around Wallace, mostly serious, but Wallace just blunders through everything, sending all those carefully plotted plans out the window as he tries to do the best job in his “role” that he can. The stunts were great though.

Conclusion

The Man Who Knew Too Little is just pure silly fun, and as that’s what I was in the mood for, I enjoyed it.

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