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Witless Protection (2008)



Average Rating: 2.1/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 28

Larry the Cable Guy continues his critical losing streak with this insipid, tasteless caper comedy.


Average Rating: 2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

Larry the Cable Guy continues his critical losing streak with this insipid, tasteless caper comedy.



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When a small-town sheriff (Larry the Cable Guy) 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. Eric Roberts, Yaphet Kotto, Peter Stormare, and Joe Mantegna co-star in a comedy from Red Water and Christmas Rush director Charles Robert Carner. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi



Charles Robert Carner

Jun 10, 2008


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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (28) | DVD (3)

Gratuitous support-our-troops iconography and post-9/11 paranoia permeate a harebrained plot.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Larry The Cable Guy is a cancerous boil on the ass of comedy, but it's still sort of shocking how little effort he puts into his movies.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The otherwise genial Witless Protection scrapes bottom whenever a black person or an Asian or an Arab is wheeled on for just-kiddin' laughs.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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In Witless Protection, Larry the Cable Guy plays a small-town deputy, fantasizing about becoming an F.B.I. agent. Sitcom wackiness ensues.

February 25, 2008
New York Times
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Makes his previous effort, Delta Farce, seem a classic by comparison.

February 25, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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One can only hope that Witless Protection is targeted at a vanishing species of American Neanderthal. In the meantime, perhaps Larry and his accomplices at Lionsgate could take some sensitivity traning.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's sad to watch Yaphet Kotto, as the shady fed, clothesline the stereotypical Muslim motel owner who's already been threatened by Larry with a trip to Gitmo.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Witless, lowbrow fun is the signature of this so-so comedy with Larry the Cable Guy in fine fat form as a country bumpkin deputy sheriff with delusions of grander than smalltown cop

December 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The movie doesn't even have the common decency to be under 90 minutes. What a bore.

July 22, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

I've got an idea for Larry the Cable Guy's next dumb movie. Maybe the lowbrow bumbler with the big heart and even bigger beer gut could play, oh I don't know, a cable guy?

March 1, 2008

During the last part of this wacky comedy, it loses the amusing push-pull intimacy between its 'odd-couple' protagonists.

March 1, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

From this kind of witlessness, the only protection is not to see it.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Merely an excuse for the viewer to delight in the hilarity generated by Mr. Cable Guy breaking wind, vomiting, producing various gastric noises, etc.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Ranting about Witless Protection's political incorrectness -- not to mention its general stupidity -- would be a waste of breath. Even so, the movie is breathtakingly offensive at times.

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's the audience that deserves Protection from this Witless Larry the Cable Guy vehicle.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

You have what might very well be the worst movie of 2008. And 2009. And probably 2010, too. Did we fail to mention the exploding farts?

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Maybe there are only two kinds of people in this world. Those who think Larry the Cable Guy is funny, and those who do not. I am in the latter camp.

February 24, 2008 Full Review | Comments (2)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The nastiest and silliest of Larry the Cable Guide big-screen vehicles, Witless Protection, the formulaic road flick, is Witless Comedy par excellence.

February 23, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

I began hating it not just for its utter lack of quality as art or entertainment, but for the blackness of its very soul.

February 23, 2008 Full Review Source:

About as charming as being slapped by a stranger.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for Witless Protection

This is the first time I've ever agreed with the entire panel of critics on Flixster. Witless is right. I gave this movie the beneifit of the doubt because I love slapstick and Larry is pretty amusing on the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour". Larry did not transition well onto the big screen. When I think of redneck, slapstick, sweet and funny with the underdog as the hero, my mind immediately goes to Jim Varney's 'Ernest P. Worrell', whose shoes Larry or other rednecks or redneck wannabes, will never be able to fill. I can't be the only one who sees Larry's attempts to mirror the lovable hayseed, Ernest. There is the hat, the accent, the clothes, the stand-up comedy then moving over into movies. This movie has too much crude humor and disgusting bathroom jokes and there is no excuse for the racist comments, especially in a movie such as this. The(dare I say it?) plot was weaker than the pulse of a comatose patient.*(And I am not making light of people who have suffered or are suffering through this. I'm just making a reference to how terrible this movie was). "Witless Protection" has deterred me from watching any of the other Larry movies. I think it's best for him to stick to stand-up comedy, which does work better for him. I'm from the South and I think that Larry does give us a bad name. You can do comedy without making fun of other races, sexual orientation or using over the top sexual comments and bathroom humor(One fart joke will do, sometimes). Is this what has become of America? Have we really sunk so low that every ridiculous script/movie is greelighted just because of a t.v. personalities' previous work? A good stand-up comedian doesn't necessarily translate to a good movie actor. Some people have it. Some don't. Larry doesn't.
June 16, 2011
Stacy Avary

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This is one of those slight-of-hand smart comedies, which explains why its target audience hated it so much. A lot of the stuff involves dumb gags, silly stereotypes, and the acting is not going to win any awards for comedy or otherwise. But it is all wound up into an enjoyable story and directed well enough that even Eric Roberts is able to handle his role. It also has enough complexity and subtlety to keep it interesting.
September 10, 2008

Super Reviewer

This movie was running on one of my channels, so I decided to watch it. I found it very difficult to sit through the entire movie because it was simply terrible. First of all, I'm not an American so I don't know much about Larry the Cable Guy. I haven't seen him in any movies or television series, and after watching this movie I wonder why he's so famous. He was not funny at all in this movie. Second, they show Jenny McCarthy on the poster as if she has a lot to do with this movie, she was probably on screen for about 5-10 minutes in total. They obviously put her on the poster to lure people to watch the movie. So I'd expect Jenny McCarthy fans to be quite disappointed with this feature. Witless Protection was witless and pointless. The movie was all over the place and I did not care much for any of the characters. I would not recommend my friends to watch this movie for any reason. Time would be better spent in any other place.
June 17, 2012
Naughtia Nahazhina

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Very funny!
August 15, 2008

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    1. Deputy Larry Stalder: That was a fear fart.
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