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Mr. Wrong (1996)



Critic Consensus: A mean-spirited joke without a punchline, Mr. Wrong is so painfully unfunny that Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Pullman's lack of chemistry feels like a total drag despite being the point.

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In this black romantic comedy, television producer Martha Alston finally gives in to parental badgering and begins looking for a nice husband. When she meets Whitman Crawford, he seems to be her dream man. However, when she meets Whit's mother and his crazy ex-girlfriend, Martha begins to have second thoughts.

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Ellen DeGeneres
as Martha Alston
Bill Pullman
as Whitman Crawford
Joan Cusack
as Inga Gunther
Dean Stockwell
as Jack Tramonte
Joan Plowright
as Mrs. Crawford
Robert Goulet
as Dick Braxton
Christine Cattall
as Nancy Culpepper
Christine Cattell
as Nancy Culpepper
Peter White
as Mr. Alston
Polly Holliday
as Mrs. Alston
Casey Kasem
as Himself
Jean Kasem
as Herself
Hector Elias
as Mexican Detective
Frank Roman
as Mexican Lieutenant
Frank Lugo
as Priest
Wayne Alexander
as Man at Opera
Jamie McGurk
as Waitress
Gil Combs
as Flower Truck Delivery Man
Charlene Castle
as Woman at Wedding
Bob Harvey
as Bartender
Mickey Harrison
as Elder Neighbor
Jenny Turnham
as Aunt Belinda
Ivor Shier
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Wrong

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9)

The hip, smart yarn has a bite not seen in American movies since The War of the Roses.

June 26, 2008

A dreadful movie.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

As directed sloppily by Nick Castle, this comedy barely lets its main characters develop, even though either of them could be great fun.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/5

A sour, listless debunking of romantic comedies.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Like its title character, Mr. Wrong doesn't know when to quit.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

This is a romantic comedy parody, but how can you satirize something that's a comedy to begin with? If this motion picture is an example, not only can't it be done, but the result is downright ugly.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Wrong


Mr. Wrong, like a few other choice movies I've reviewed, is much better than most people think, but it requires you to suspend your cynicism for the entire movie. To be fair, this isn't a great movie. However, Ellen is funny and feels either miscast or just awkward, which is endearing. Her wit and sarcasm are worth watching. Better still is Bill Pullman. His character is obnoxious, sincere, absurd, stupid, enthusiastic, determined and disturbed. The scenes at his mother's house are hilarious too. This is a goofy, ill-conceived movie with a plot that runs out of gas by the time Bill Pullman kidnaps Ellen. Still, it's funny if you love Ellen, funnier if you enjoy Bill Pullman, and is probably the BEST movie ever to get a single digit Rotten Tomato score. So there's that.

Mark Harper
Mark Harper

Super Reviewer


I enjoyed watching this movie. Ellen DeGeneres is a woman who seeks the perfect man to start a relationship with but when she seemingly finds Mr. Right, he turns out to be Mr. Wrong because he shows an entirely different and wacky personality. When she tries to convince all the other people about his personality changes they won't believe her. I had loads of fun watching this movie but it seemed a little cheesy at times.

Naughtia Nahazhina
Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

Usually I don't give films such a low rating, but this was undoubtedly one of the worst films I have ever seen. Ellen held on for dear life, but between Bill Pullman's over the top performance and the terrible script, it was headed for disaster right off.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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