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Witless Protection

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Robert Carner
Produced by J.P. Williams
Written by Charles Robert Carner
Starring Larry the Cable Guy (Daniel Lawrence Whitney)
Jenny McCarthy
Joe Mantegna
Ivana Miličević
Lisa Lampanelli
Music by Eric Allaman
Cinematography Michael Goi, ASC
Editing by Marc Leif
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date(s) February 22, 2008
Running time 99 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7.5 million
Gross revenue $4,161,625 (USA)

Witless Protection is a comedy film from Lionsgate, starring Daniel Lawrence Whitney (aka Larry the Cable Guy) and Jenny McCarthy written and directed by Chicago native Charles Robert Carner. Whitney plays "Larry", 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, Westmont and Yorkville. The film is rated PG-13[1], was released in theatres on February 22, 2008 and was released for DVD on June 10, 2008.




This film received unanimously negative reviews from critics. As of January 4, 2009, the review website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 0% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 24 reviews.[3] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 17 out of 100, based on 6 reviews.[4]


  1. ^ Witless Protection at IMDB
  2. ^ Kotto also plays an FBI agent with the same name in Midnight Run, but other than the name and occupation of the character, there is no indication that this follows the continuity of the earlier film.
  3. ^ "Witless Protection - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Witless Protection (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 

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