Reviewed by: Dave Rettig
Wallace Ritchie’s (Bill Murray) birthday celebration goes strangely awry when he ends up being “The Man Who Knew Too Little.” Wallace is mistaken for a hitman by the target, for an American superspy by the British Secret Service, and for a criminal by the London police. Wallace, on the other hand, believes his entire adventure is an avant garde theatre production created for his birthday amusement and that he is the central actor! This spy spoof leaves you staring incredulously at the unparalleled levels of stupidity of bumbling Wallace.
Predictability could be the subtitle of this barely comedic film. Murray even seemed bored through the whole thing. The first twenty minutes of watching the lead led from scene to scene in order to present new situations for Wallace Ritchie to fumble his way through in the same ridiculous manner was enough! This was the same old hash we saw played over and over in “Airplane” and all her sequels and spin-offs.
“The Man Who Knew Too Little” contains violence and light profanity. The humor is generally free from sexual content; however, there is a bit of innuendo. The movie’s moral message is absent. The only thing one could possibly glean from this movie is “act stupid and you will succeed.”
Find a nice silly family film on video (perhaps a “Veggie Tales”) and skip “The Man Who Knew Too Little”. There is nothing new here worth your time or the cost of a ticket.