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Minor action comedy about nerdy middle-aged dental products salesman (Eugene Levy) who's mistaken for a stolen-arms dealer, and becomes the unwilling sidekick of a Detroit-based federal agent (Samuel L. Jackson), whose crooked partner has just been murdered in a sting operation against the bad guys. Director Les Mayfield's film is fitfully amusing, thanks to the chemistry of the two intentionally mismatched stars, and though there are positive underlying themes the formulaic plot construction and uninspired dialogue severely undermine what might otherwise have been a more recommendable escapade. Excessive crude language, as well as a few instances of rough language and profanity, some action violence, general vulgarity, some sexual innuendo, and ethnic humor. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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