Witless Protection

2008

Witless Protection

Critics Consensus

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

4%

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Total Count: 28

47%

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User Ratings: 11,419
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Movie Info

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

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Cast

Larry The Cable Guy
as Larry Stadler
Ivana Milicevic
as Madeleine Dimkowski
Yaphet Kotto
as Alonzo Moseley
Peter Stormare
as Arthur Grimsley
Eric Roberts
as Wilford Duvall
Joe Mantegna
as Dr. Rondog 'Doc' Savage
Richard Bull
as Sheriff Smoot
Dan Waller (II)
as Agent Orange/MIB #1
Rick LeFevour
as MIB No.2
Joe Caballero
as MIB No.3
Emir Yonzon
as TSA Supervisor
Gary Tippett
as TSA Dog Handler
Jesse Dabson
as TSA Expert
Jessica Orr
as Vibiana
Kurt Naebig
as Mark Bedell
Michael Carner
as Young Boy
Lynnette Gaza
as Lillian Grimoire
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Critic Reviews for Witless Protection

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (27)

  • 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.

    Feb 25, 2008 | Rating: F | Full Review…

    Steven Hyden

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • It's the audience that deserves Protection from this Witless Larry the Cable Guy vehicle.

    Feb 25, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The otherwise genial Witless Protection scrapes bottom whenever a black person or an Asian or an Arab is wheeled on for just-kiddin' laughs.

    Feb 25, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • In Witless Protection, Larry the Cable Guy plays a small-town deputy, fantasizing about becoming an F.B.I. agent. Sitcom wackiness ensues.

    Feb 25, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • Makes his previous effort, Delta Farce, seem a classic by comparison.

    Feb 25, 2008
  • 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.

    Feb 25, 2008

    John Anderson

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Witless Protection

  • Feb 18, 2012
    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.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2011
    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.
    Stacy A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2010
    w/ Larry the Cable Guy (or so he was called on Blue Collar tv. Well the movie is just that.. & Unfortunately thre?s no protection FROM the witless. Tey?re all around us & breeding!! Not really funny, can? t even remember ending. Only couple of chuckles here & there but it might have been at a sound effect I didn?t ?see? coming. (I should have known better that there would be stuff to make the little boys laugh) Some of the dialog was bad unless it was the acting but then again Jenny McCarthy was in it & part of that dialog. I felt my I./Q. drop while watching this.. usually that only happens each day I go into work!! D
  • Oct 04, 2009
    Well, to be honest this is the first time that Cable Guy Larry (or the other way around) has caught my attention. So as a first impression, i was impressed, i've seen so many bad comedy's that i sometimes forget to laugh at the good ones, and this one has some funny ass parts. He's fat, he stinks, has one hell of a way with people and deffinetly not a gentleman, more like he seems related to pigs (most guys are, NOT TRUE, but that's what women think), but i'll be damned if this shit is not funny, however doesn't mean that you'll like it, thank god for trailers, but it's relaxing and might squeeze a few giggles if you're in the right mood. Have fun..or don't!! :-??
    Ovi G Super Reviewer

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