The Man Who Knew Too Little was released on November 14, 1997. It was billed as a Bill Murray comedy about a man who thinks he is playing a part in an interactive play, but is instead in the middle of international intrigue in London.
Peter Gallager plays Murray’s brother who pays for Murray’s ticket to the play while entertaining dinner guests about a business deal. Unfortunately, the comedy in this movie is typical Bill Murray slapstick. Peter Gallager was actually funnier than Murray as far as I’m concerned. The story line was fairly original in that Murray’s character is “in the movie business”, i.e. he works for Blockbuster Video (that reference dates this movie). Joanne Whalley as a blackmailer and Alfred Molina as Boris “the Butcher” were funny and well acted. The directing was fine.
The ending of the movie was a bit bland and stale. If you are a fan of Bill Murray, I assume you would watch this movie. I wouldn’t consider it as his best film, therefore I wouldn’t buy this. The Russian elements were fun for me, especially checking for inaccuracies. I admit there weren’t a lot. The best I can rate this film is 3 stars out of 5.