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.

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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. Rewind to 1977, when Micah (Richard Dreyfuss) pulls off a massive diamond heist and buries his booty in a field with the help of his young daughter Tess. Five presidential administrations later, Micah and his cellmate Finch bust out of prison, only to learn from the now-grown Tess (Portia de Rossi) that the diamonds are behind the walls of another newly built prison. Meanwhile, sparks begin to fly between Tess and Finch. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Comedy , Drama
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Christian Slater
as Trevor Allen Finch
Tim Allen
as Critical Jim
Billy Connolly
as Dr. Savian
Peter MacNeill
as Detective Tripp
Elias Zarou
as Detective Delaney
Richard Chevolleau
as Detective Horst
as Ginger
Joseph Scoren
as Rowdy Virago
Alan C. Peterson
as Henry Flatt
Tony Nappo
as Fife
Tim Progosh
as Young Micah
Alan Peterson
as Henry Flatt
Danny Lima
as Cletis Tout
Kay Tremblay
as Old Mrs. Stanton
Rachel Grodnik
as Young Tess
Michael Filipowich
as Dodger Blue
B.J. McQueen
as Yard Prison Guard
Kevin Rushton
as Road Work Prison Guard
Rick Demas
as Cell Block Prison Guard
Martin Roach
as Visitor's Room Prison Guard
Quancetia Hamilton
as Receptionist
Corinne Jenner
as Merrill Candide
Mauricio Rodas
as Tough No.1
Diego Fuentes
as Big Tough
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Critic Reviews for Who Is Cletis Tout?

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (23)

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?

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.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

Rippingly fun film. Christian Slater and Tim Allen particularly shine. Not a dark film by any means.

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki

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.
Cynthia S.

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