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Who Is Cletis Tout?
Who Is Cletis Tout
Actors: Christian Slater, Tim Allen, Portia de Rossi, Richard Dreyfuss, Billy Connolly
Director: Chris Ver Wiel
Genres: Comedy
R     2003     1hr 32min

Who Is Cletis Tout? is about a crook (Christian Slater) who breaks out of one jail and then has to break back in to another; who gets a new identity, only to discover that his new identity is a man some dangerous people ...  more »


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Actors: Christian Slater, Tim Allen, Portia de Rossi, Richard Dreyfuss, Billy Connolly
Director: Chris Ver Wiel
Creators: Chris Ver Wiel, Adam Haight, Daniel Diamond, Daniel Grodnik, Dennis Stuart Murphy, Eric Sandys, Jay Firestone
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/07/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Worth finding out who he is!
Jeanie Schneider | Brooklyn, NY United States | 07/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Not a bad movie at all, despite what most reviewers have said. It mixes a jewel heist, a romance, and my personal favorite - a case of mistaken identity. Christian Slater plays an escaped convict, Trevor Finch, who takes the name of a tabloid photographer, one Cletis Tout. Unfortunately, poor Mr. Tout has just been rubbed out by a Mafia hit man, and now the Mafia thinks they have the wrong man. When the first two hit men fail to take out Finch, they call in Critical Jim (Tim Allen), who, by his own admission, has two great loves - his job and Hollywood films. And apparently, he's got a photographic memory for the latter.One of the most unique movies I've seen!"
A throwback worth catching
Andrew Hughes | South Bend, IN United States | 02/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Who Is Cletis Tout" is a smart, funny, low-key caper movie that's in love with movies and a delight to watch. The plot, the characters and the tone all remind me of Donald E. Westlake's novels from the late '60s, books such as "God Save the Mark," "The Busy Body" and "The Fugitive Pigeon." As a side note, seek out any or all of those novels, and read them; you won't be disappointed if you like comic capers.The movie is filled with references to other movies (Tim Allen's character, Critical Jim, relates everything to an old movie). One of the less-obvious references includes the "Pulp Fiction"-like circular structure (note: this film is in no way as violent or profane as "Pulp Fiction"). The entire cast appears to really relish their roles and get into the tone of the movie. On the downside, I rented this, and that's all it's worth as a DVD. The DVD has no extras or commentary or any of the other things that make DVDs collectible (it is, however, presented in widescreen format, one of the best reasons to own a DVD player)."
Shashank Tripathi | Gadabout | 10/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Told in a mix of narration and flashbacks, much like the Princess Bride or Forget Paris, this self-conscious genre sendup is part heist movie and part commentary on heist movies.

The plot is engaging but script isn't nearly as clever as it pretends to be, plot holes abound, the twists are more flashy than intriguing, Tim Allen's character's constant movie-quoting eventually grates, and the shadows of Quentin Reservoir Dogs or The Usual Suspects stalk the entire theme.

But for all its simpering in-jokes and posing, there's a sweetness to the film that's diverting and will likely keep you occupied for its length. Decent watch with a group of friends."
I Loved Cletis Tout
Shashank Tripathi | 01/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is one clever movie! From the heist at the beginning to the cute ending with Tim Allen, the movie is just easy to enjoy. I add it to my list of favorite sleepers--those movies that you know absolutely nothing about, but rent anyway, and then it charms your pants off! Every character in the show is interesting! My best review comment is that I just had fun watching it!"