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Witless Protection (2008)

  • Rate: 2.9/10 total 4,265 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 22 February 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:97 min
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Witless Protection (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Witless Protection (2008)
  • Rate: 2.9/10 total 4,265 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 22 February 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:97 min
  • Filming Location: Brookfield, Illinois, USA
  • Budget: $7,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $4,131,640(USA)(16 March 2008)
  • Director: Charles Robert Carner
  • Stars: Larry the Cable Guy, Jenny McCarthy and Richard Bull
  • Original Music By: Eric Allaman   
  • Soundtrack: Chicken Fried
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Sheriff | FBI | Possum | Beautiful Woman | Shotgun

Writing Credits By:

  • Charles Robert Carner (screenplay)
  • Charles Robert Carner (story) &
  • Alan C. Blomquist (story) (as Alan Blomquist)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: In several scenes driving down the highway running from the F.B.I, the seat belts change between both vehicles.

    Plot: The story centers on a small-town sheriff who witnesses what he believes is a kidnapping and rushes to rescue a woman… See more » |  »

    Story: The story centers on a small-town sheriff who witnesses what he believes is a kidnapping and rushes to rescue a woman. The kidnappers turn out to be FBI agents assigned to protect her and deliver her to a big Enron-type corruption trial in Chicago but are later found to be on the take and are villains who are bent on killing her.Written by anonymous  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Alan C. Blomquist known as producer (as Alan Blomquist)
    • Thomas J. Busch known as executive producer (as Thomas Busch)
    • Maggie Houlehan known as associate producer
    • Jennifer Novak known as associate producer
    • Tom Ortenberg known as executive producer
    • J.P. Williams known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Larry the Cable Guy known as Deputy Larry Stalder
    • Richard Bull known as Sheriff Smoot
    • J. David Moeller known as Elmer
    • Will Clinger known as Bo
    • Omar Dykes known as Gus (as Omar Kent Dykes)
    • Reno Collier known as Tater
    • Jenny McCarthy known as Connie
    • Yaphet Kotto known as Ricardo Bodi
    • Ivana Milicevic known as Madeleine
    • Dan Waller known as Agent Orange / MIB #1
    • Rick Le Fevour known as MIB #2 (as Rick Lefevour)
    • Joseph Luis Caballero known as MIB #3 (as Joe Caballero)
    • Sean Bridgers known as Norm
    • Gerry Bednob known as Omar
    • Claudia Michelle Wallace known as TSA Woman
    • Emir Yonzon known as TSA Supervisor
    • Gary Tippett known as TSA Dog Handler
    • Jesse Dabson known as TSA Expert
    • Peter Stormare known as Arthur Grimsley
    • Jessica Grace Orr known as Vibiana (as Jessica Orr)
    • Kurt Naebig known as Mark Bedell
    • Eric Roberts known as Wilford Duvall
    • Michael Carner known as Young Boy
    • Joe Mantegna known as Dr. Rondog 'Doc' Savage
    • Gail Rastorfer known as Morgana
    • Lynnette Gaza known as Lillian Grimoire
    • Tommy Bartlett known as Polo Match Guest (uncredited)
    • Steve Christopher known as Butcher (uncredited)
    • Cyn Dulay known as Mansion Guest (uncredited)
    • Kyle Hillman known as Chicago Police Officer (uncredited)
    • Tara Ketterer known as Beauty Queen (uncredited)
    • Tim Krueger known as Polo Soiree Attendee (uncredited)
    • Joseph Lazicki known as Cowboy (uncredited)
    • Angelina Lyubomirova known as Pretty Secretary (uncredited)
    • Brittany Mason known as Grimsley's pool girl (uncredited)
    • Greg McAleer known as Alley Bum (uncredited)
    • Abi McKenzie known as Kid in Parade (uncredited)
    • James Pusztay known as Biker (uncredited)
    • Henry Sandifer known as Young FBI Agent (uncredited)
    • Gary Sedlock known as Wealthy Partygoer at Mansion (uncredited)
    • Amit Shah known as Party Guest (uncredited)
    • John Stacho known as Memphis Police Officer Airport (uncredited)
    • Chauncey Taylor known as Grimsley / Polo Party Guest (uncredited)
    • Charles E Tiedje known as Hometown Hero (uncredited)
    • Lisa Wolf known as Parade Participant (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Karen Lynn Accattato known as makeup department head
    • Alicja Klosek known as additional hair stylist
    • Ross Martucci known as key makeup artist
    • Pamela Milone-McLaughlin known as hair department head
    • Joyce Taft known as key hair stylist

    Art Department:

    • Stephanie Barkley known as art department coordinator
    • Tom Castronovo known as graphic designer
    • Jeno Dellicolli known as gang boss
    • Anthony Joseph Fatigato known as painter
    • Nathan Mack known as carpenter
    • Tyler Osman known as construction coordinator
    • Charles E Tiedje known as props
    • Timothy W. Tiedje known as property master
    • Holly Todd known as on-set dresser
    • Jessica Voogd known as buyer
    • Käthe Walton known as props
    • Desi Wolff known as buyer
    • Rob Yale known as assistant property master
    • Josh Zylstra known as leadman




    Production Companies:

    • Parallel Entertainment

    Other Companies:

    • Chicago Audio Works  production sound services
    • Crowd In A Box  inflatable extras
    • Crowd In A Box  inflatable mannequins
    • David Haddad  transportation equipment
    • Departure Studios  post-production facilities
    • ExtraOrdinary Casting  extras casting
    • Haddad's  transportation equipment
    • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
    • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
    • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals


    • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
    • EuroVideo (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Indies Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
    • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (DVD)
    • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • HimAnI Productions (visual effects)
    • iO Film (opticals)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Christopher Dusendschon known as digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
    • Kevin Kutchaver known as visual effects supervisor: HimAnI Productions, Inc.
    • Mia Lavezzi known as digital restoration artist
    • Iain Marcks known as digital imaging technician: iO FILM (as Iain Stasukevich)
    • Jon Terada known as digital compositor

    Release Date:

    • USA 22 February 2008
    • Iceland 16 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • Netherlands 21 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Germany 29 April 2010 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. BeaveryTheBeaver from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      Which was not very. I didn't want to watch this movie. I mean afterLarry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and Delta Farce, I nearly rippedmy cousin apart for dragging me to see them. But I wanted to see amovie and this was just about the only thing that I had not alreadyseen. I had to have a little hope since I'm a big Blue Collar fan. But,Witless Protection was packed with not-so-funny jokes and idioticsituations that only a certain buck-toothed, slovenly demographic willlaugh at. If you were insulted by the preceding sentence, then thismovie isn't for you either as it is offensive itself.

      Jenny McCarthy is fun to look at. But that doesn't makes up for therest of this "movie" in no way whatsoever. Stick to animated movies,Larry.


    2. Jashmid from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      In a nutshell, Witless Protection offends anyone with the minimum IQ ofa shoe! That's about it. If you're still interested and want to knowwhat my reasons are, keep reading…

      I'm a 28 years old white English man with no religious preference and askin as thick as a rhino when it comes to sense of humour and tolerancefor bad jokes and sarcasm. I watched Witless Protection with the oneintention: to have a silly laugh while eating greasy Chinese take away.

      Believe it or not, I've always found these retarded redneck flicks kindof funny. But good God, this movie is far from funny, let aloneretarded!!! I lasted about 20 minutes. I'm now here typing this.Chinese was delicious, by the way. Thanks for asking! I'm truly amazedhow they actually let this go public. Fair enough, the guy is a fatredneck racist. That's none of my business. It is my business however,to at least be surprised when I see him reaching for the microphone soeasily. How is it that none of the good Christians – who are so afraidof breasts and wet kisses – find the non-stop racism in WitlessProtection to be suitable for over 13 is beyond me! Hypocrisy at it'sbest, that's what this is.

      I'd like to see the reaction when this junk gets a DVD release here inthe UK. But then again, does anybody really give a stuff?! I doubt it!

      If you're still here reading, for the love of mankind, don't let yourkids watch this utter rubbish. Please.

    3. johnhonoluluhawaii from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      I decided to watch this movie despite all of the bad reviews. It's agood thing I saw one review that said otherwise. I agree with that onesingle review out of all the reviews. It is definitely not a bad movieat all. I was laughing a lot while watching this movie and that doesn'thappen to often with me. I've watched movies with high ratings only tofeel like my time was stolen from me. So don't go by all the negativereviews that you see. I am not one of those that enjoy slapstickcomedies much but this one has a thumbs up from me. Larry the Cable Guywas great in this movie. Although it was not believable (I watch moviesto escape from reality) it was a humdinger.

    4. MLDinTN from TN
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      If you are a fan of the redneck then you will love this movie. Larrythe cable guy plays the ultimate country, hick deputy. First he has ahot girlfriend, played by Jenny Mccarthy, which makes you wonder how hecould land a girl like her, but that's before she starts talking. Sheloves all his critters too. Larry sees this hot blond, Madeleine, comein with several suits in a black SUV. His first thought is she's beenkidnapped, so he kidnaps her. They get chased by the FBI all the way upto Chicago. Madeleine is a witness. Larry thinks the FBI guys with herare corrupt. He basically gets all these ideas from watching TV showslike cops. And Madedleine has some sort of key and they are looking fora computer disk. It was sort of confusing.

      Basically, if you watch this, forget about the plot because the movieis all about the redneck jokes. While I didn't find it LOL, it wasstill amusing. Better than a lot of comedies.

      FINAL VERDICT: If you like " you might be a redneck if"jokes, then thismovie is right up your alley. If you don't like hill billy's then, Isay skip this film.

    5. Knewsense78 from Mass
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      OK, rag on me if you want to but WITLESS PROTECTION is funnier thanHEALTH INSPECTOR and DELTA FARCE. I'm not a big fan of Larry The CableGuy but I do occasionally find myself laughing at his off color,backwoods redneck jokes. Though I do believe that out of all the "BlueCollar Comedy Tour" comedians that Ron White is the funniest handsdown.

      Anyway, Larry stars in this movie as a small town sheriff trying tomake it big. Like FBI big. While hanging out at the local diner wherehis old lady works (Jenny McCarthy), Larry witnesses 4 ominous lookingmen dressed in black enter the diner with a blonde bombshell in tow(Ivana Milicevec). Larry, thinking that they have kidnapped the lady,follows them to the local gas station, causes a diversion and snatchesthe lady away from her entourage of kidnappers. But these men in blackare actually FBI agents transporting the lady to Chicago, Illinoiswhere she is the key witness in a big corruption case (think Enron).After awhile though, Larry thinks that these fellars are up to no goodand actually want to do harm to the lady and not protect her. So Larry,using his small town Sheriff's intuition, decides that he will deliverthe lady to Chicago himself. And mayhem ensues upon the way.

      OK, I will admit that there are jokes in here that I disliked in HealthInspector. Those being fart jokes. But damn, I found myself laughingmore than I ever thought possible over a Larry The Cable Guy movie. Onething that I didn't quite understand was the scene where Larry's blowsup his vehicle trying to make it out that the lady died in the fire.Anyway, it goes right from that scene to a scene where she is at thefuneral home, in the casket, and the bad guys show up and Larry tellsthem that she is dead and they just accept it. Now, I really don'tthink that the lady's body would go right from the scene of theaccident to the funeral home, all ready for public viewing. But, beingthat it is a Larry The Cable Guy movie, I guess I should just throw alllogic right out the window.

      Better than Health Inspector? Yes. Better than Delta Farce? Yes. Agreat movie? No. But there are worse ways you could pass an hour and ahalf of your life.

    6. Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      Larry Stalder is a small town sheriff's deputy with a saggingmidsection and a grandiose dream of one day becoming an agent for theFBI. He doesn't exactly enhance his chances of fulfilling that dreamwhen he "rescues" a woman whom he mistakenly believes has beenkidnapped by what he thinks is a gang of sunglass-wearing mobsters. Inactuality, they are federal agents transporting a whistle-blower to atrial in Chicago where her testimony could spell big trouble for apowerful, Enron-type CEO with whom she was once romantically involved.A lengthy cross country chase ensues with the agents hot on the heelsof this nitwit law enforcer and his unwitting "hostage."

      Armed with crime-fighting knowledge he's gleaned primarily from cableTV, and with a malapropism for every occasion, Larry bumbles his wayfrom one outlandish situation to the next, somehow managing to stay onestep ahead of the authorities at all times.

      Larry the Cable Guy has that rare ability to perform low comedyroutines without having to resort to self-conscious mugging to garnerlaughs. Likewise, Ivana Milicevic, Eric Roberts, Joe Mantegna, JennyMcCarthy and a whole host of other comic actors throw themselves intotheir roles with a great deal of abandon and aplomb.

      The humor is broad (to put it mildly), but it is more oftenfleet-footed than flatfooted, and the whole enterprise is so dopey andgood-natured that you may just find yourself chuckling right along withall the goofiness – provided, that is, you can put your brain on holdfor the full hour-and-a-half that the movie takes to play itself out.

    7. departed07 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      Oh, man did I get done watching "Witless Protection" and let me tellyou what, it's a piece of crap! I don't understand why Larry The CableGuy continues to make crappy movies that nobody cares to watch unlessyou're a redneck or a total idiot. God, helps us if you're up there notplaying poker.

      I don't know where to begin.

      Basically in "Witless Protection" Larry the Cable Guy plays a lawenforcer wannabe who's seen too many programs of "Cops" and otherpolice shows in thinking he can be a law enforcer in which he's nothingbut one big joke to the community. He ends up kidnapping a foreign babewho's an actual witness and not someone kidnapped.

      Larry The Cable Guy is not even cool enough to have his own sitcom oreven start his pathetic movie line up of films from "Health Inspector"to "Delta Farce" and they failed more times than films that became cultclassics. This film nor will any film featuring Larry the Cable Guy inlive action movies will ever be classics, even when he's dead, they'llbe burning in the bonfires.

      The Good: Nothing! The OK: Jenny McCarthy's hot body.

      The Not: EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS FILM SUCKS!!! Overall, I have bettermovies to watch. This wasn't even my fault in watching this movie, itwas my dad's fault and he even fell asleep where I just walked away anddid something else.

    8. Travis McMinimy (Ecliptic7) from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      Now, I don't think this was a great movie. It's something to watch whenyou're at home with nothing to do and it happens to come on T.V. Maybesomething to pick up out of the bargain bin at your local video storewhen it's for sale for $2.00. But that said, I did find it entertainingin places, and I don't think it deserves to be in the bottom 100 moviesof all time.

      I try to generally be forbearing of all kinds of humor. But exactlywhat is funny about a disgusting, boorish, stupid buffoon with zeroredeeming qualities who is exaggeratedly and impossibly inept ateverything he does but nonetheless manages to be perceived as some kindof hero or genius by law enforcement/the populace is and has been loston me since I was a child. That is what Larry the Cable Guy is in DeltaFarce and Health Inspector. I guess this is also what makes people likehis comedy, but on stage he is just some (fake) redneck talking andmaking redneck jokes, so I can at least understand people finding thathumorous. He is not in charge of anything, he is not responsible forthe health of a town, nor does not have an armed humvee filled withweaponry. I can't sympathize with his stupid characters.

      In this movie at least, I can sympathize with his goals, becausethey're actually human. He is a small town cop who naively dreams aboutbeing in the FBI. He is bumbling but nonetheless capable of moments ofcompetence and of surprising cleverness. He has areas of actualexpertise, a world view that can be understood, the morals and ethicsof a decent (if backwards and unsophisticated) person. He feels like areal person. And I like that.

      Witless Protection isn't that funny a movie. But it's more entertainingthan the majority of made for T.V. capers you see these days. It hasits moments. I really don't see how it can possibly be lower rated thanhis other movies. It's not 'mindless,' more intelligent than HealthInspector and Delta Farce, and nowhere near the level of movies likeGigli and Daddy Day Camp.

    9. in1984 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      This is one of those slight-of-hand smart comedies, which explains whyits target audience hated it so much. A bit too intellectual for them.

      A lot of the stuff involves dumb gags, silly (and easily seenover-the-top) stereotypes, and the acting is not going to win anyawards for comedy or otherwise. But it is all wound up into anenjoyable story and directed well enough that even Eric Roberts is ableto handle his role. It also has enough complexity and subtlety to keepit interesting (provided you're able to make it through the first 10minutes, which really is bad, but does still tie into the story).

      Maybe the problem is that the target audience can't handle the memoryrequired to get past the first 10 minutes.

    10. wes-connors from Earth
      30 Mar 2012, 9:05 pm

      Fat small-town sheriff Lawrence Whitney aka "Larry the Cable Guy" (asLarry Stalder) rescues beautiful blonde Ivana Milicevic (as Madeline)from what he believes are kidnappers. She is actually a "WitnessProtection" woman waiting to testify against some big oil baddies.Accompanying "Larry" makes it more like "Witless Protection" (get it?)for Ms. Milicevic. This leads to danger and misadventure for the duo.In a smaller appearance than the film's promotional material suggests,Jenny McCarthy shows off her curves. Eric Roberts and Yaphet Kotto areamong those trying not to embarrass themselves. "Witless" is tooelevated a description.

      * Witless Protection (2/22/08) Charles Robert Carner ~ Larry the CableGuy, Ivana Milicevic, Yaphet Kotto, Eric Roberts

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