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The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) Readers of Mike D'Angelo's reappraisal of The Game in our Jan. 23 issue got quite a charge out of his calling the Michael Douglas suspense… PG R Comedy Joanne Whalley Bill Murray
Movie Review

The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

MPAA Rating: R, PG

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EW's GRADE
B

Details Rateds: PG, R; Genre: Comedy; With: Joanne Whalley and Bill Murray

Readers of Mike D'Angelo's reappraisal of The Game in our Jan. 23 issue got quite a charge out of his calling the Michael Douglas suspense flick his favorite movie of 1997. One wrote to say we should dump D'Angelo, pronto; seven said they were grateful that some critic finally understands. What that response bodes for the following is anybody's guess: Bill Murray's The Man Who Knew Too Little qualifies as The Game's comic doppeläanger, the improbable tale of a lonely guy who gets an unusual birthday gift from his younger brother — a chance to role-play in the ''Theatre of Life'' — and has numerous scrapes with death as a result. But where The Game shakes Douglas' millionaire from his emotional shell, Murray's vacationing video clerk from Des Moines fairly bursts to embrace what turns out to be a real spy caper being played out on the streets of London. Man makes for satisfying farce with a Pink Panther patina, and though not the best comedy of 1997, it is Murray at his irresistible best, in his most confident outing since Groundhog Day. B+

Originally posted Mar 06, 1998 Published in issue #421 Mar 06, 1998 Order article reprints