Witless Protection

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Witless Protection
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Directed by Charles Robert Carner
Produced by J.P. Williams
Alan C. Blomquist
Screenplay by Charles Robert Carner
Story by Charles Robert Carner
Alan C. Blomquist
Starring Larry the Cable Guy
Ivana Miličević
Joe Mantegna
Jenny McCarthy
Lisa Lampanelli
Music by Eric Allaman
Cinematography Michael Goi, ASC
Edited by Marc Leif
Shaler Entertainment
Parallel Entertainment
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
  • February 22, 2008 (2008-02-22)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,500,000
Box office $4,161,625 (US and Canada)[1]

Witless Protection is a 2008 comedy film from Lionsgate, starring Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known as Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy written and directed by Chicago native Charles Robert Carner. Whitney plays Larry Stalder, a small-town deputy in Mississippi. Many parts of the film were filmed in Plano, Illinois and Virgil, Illinois (train depot, farms, gas station and a few downtown restaurants). Filming also took place in numerous towns in Illinois including Elmhurst, Lombard, Lemont, Sugar Grove, Glen Ellyn, Vernon Hills, Westmont and Yorkville.[citation needed] The film was released in theatres on February 22, 2008 and was released for DVD on June 10, 2008.

Plot summary[edit]

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.



This film received near unanimously negative reviews from critics. As of December 19, 2010, the review website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 3% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 29 reviews.[2] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 17 out of 100, based on 6 reviews.[3]

Witless Protection was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Actor for Larry the Cable Guy (who lost to Mike Myers for The Love Guru), Worst Supporting Actress for Jenny McCarthy (who lost to Paris Hilton for Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Worst Screen Couple for Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy (they lost to Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore for The Hottie and the Nottie).


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