Who Is Cletis Tout? (2002)



Critic Consensus: Cliched and endlessly self-referential, Who Is Cletis Tout? doesn't add anything original to the crime genre.

Movie Info

Standup comedian turned director Chris Ver Weil makes his debut with this wild and woolly romantic comedy cum noir crime thriller. The film centers on Trevor Finch (Christian Slater), a master counterfeiter and career con who learns that he has a price on his head from mob hitman Critical Jim (Tim Allen). The reason turns out to be a wacky case of mistaken identity -- Finch has assumed the name Cletis Tout, a sleazy, long-dead French muckraker with, it turns out, a criminal history himself. … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chris Ver Wiel, Chris Ver Weil
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 7, 2003
Box Office: $64.9k
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as Trevor Allen Finch

as Critical Jim

as Dr. Savian

as Detective Tripp

as Detective Delaney

as Detective Horst

as Ginger

as Rowdy Virago

as Henry Flatt

as Young Micah

as Henry Flatt

as Cletis Tout

as Old Mrs. Stanton

as Young Tess

as Dodger Blue

as Yard Prison Guard

as Road Work Prison Gua...

as Cell Block Prison Gu...

as Visitor's Room Priso...

as Receptionist

as Merrill Candide

as Tough No.1

as Big Tough
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Critic Reviews for Who Is Cletis Tout?

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (28)

Quirky, often-fun film.

August 8, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's just a little too self-satisfied.

August 2, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Merely a diversion, but clever enough to divert.

August 2, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

At best, Cletis Tout might inspire a trip to the video store -- in search of a better movie experience.

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It won't hold up over the long haul, but in the moment, Finch's tale provides the forgettable pleasures of a Saturday matinee.

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Cletis is playful but highly studied and dependent for its success on a patient viewer.

August 2, 2002
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Who Is Cletis Tout?


Mildly entertaining. Storyline was only ok, but presented in a unique narrative style. Ru Paul's character was unnecesary, and distracting. Doesn't work on every level, but not too bad. Passed away an afternoon for me...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Christian Slater stars as a crook who gets a new identity after breaking out of prison. He's given the name Cletis Tout, which turns out to be the name of someone the mob wants dead. While Slater is looking for a box of diamonds that his friend (Ricard Dreyfuss) in prison hid when he was younger, he gets help from Dreyfuss' daughter (Portia de Rossi).

The movie wants to be a smart Get Shorty type of mob comedy, but it never reaches that level. The only reason to watch this movie is for the performances. Believe it or not, but Tim Allen steals the show as a movie loving hit-man. Tim Allen shows here and Redbelt that he's wasted in the crappy family comedies that he usually makes. The guy can actually act and can handle more serious roles. Although, I wouldn't mind seeing him as "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" one more time lol.

Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer

This started off strong, but I completely lost interest in it after about half an hour. It doesn't seem like there's much point, if any, and with the possible exception of Tim Allen, none of the acting is memorable. I heard about this movie for a long time and looked forward to seeing it, but I was pretty disappointed.

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