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Who Is Cletis Tout? (2002)



Critic Consensus: Cliched and endlessly self-referential, Who Is Cletis Tout? doesn't add anything original to the crime genre.

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Standup comedian turned director Chris Ver Weil makes his debut with this wild and woolly romantic comedy cum noir crime thriller. The film centers on Trevor Finch (Christian Slater), a master counterfeiter and career con who learns that he has a price on his head from mob hitman Critical Jim (Tim Allen). The reason turns out to be a wacky case of mistaken identity -- Finch has assumed the name Cletis Tout, a sleazy, long-dead French muckraker with, it turns out, a criminal history himself. Rewind to 1977, when Micah (Richard Dreyfuss) pulls off a massive diamond heist and buries his booty in a field with the help of his young daughter Tess. Five presidential administrations later, Micah and his cellmate Finch bust out of prison, only to learn from the now-grown Tess (Portia de Rossi) that the diamonds are behind the walls of another newly built prison. Meanwhile, sparks begin to fly between Tess and Finch. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.


Christian Slater
as Trevor Allen Finch
Tim Allen
as Critical Jim
Billy Connolly
as Dr. Savian
Peter MacNeill
as Detective Tripp
Elias Zarou
as Detective Delaney
Richard Chevolleau
as Detective Horst
as Ginger
Joseph Scoren
as Rowdy Virago
Tim Progosh
as Young Micah
A.C. Peterson
as Henry Flatt
Danny Lima
as Cletis Tout
Kay Tremblay
as Old Mrs. Stanton
Rachel Grodnik
as Young Tess
Michael Filipowich
as Dodger Blue
B.J. McQueen
as Yard Prison Guard
Kevin Rushton
as Road Work Prison Guard
Rick Demas
as Cell Block Prison Guard
Martin Roach
as Visitor's Room Prison Guard
Quancetia Hamilton
as Receptionist
Corinne Jenner
as Merrill Candide
Mauricio Rodas
as Tough No.1
Diego Fuentes
as Big Tough
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Critic Reviews for Who Is Cletis Tout?

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (23)

Quirky, often-fun film.

August 8, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

It's just a little too self-satisfied.

August 2, 2002

Merely a diversion, but clever enough to divert.

August 2, 2002

At best, Cletis Tout might inspire a trip to the video store -- in search of a better movie experience.

August 2, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It won't hold up over the long haul, but in the moment, Finch's tale provides the forgettable pleasures of a Saturday matinee.

August 2, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Cletis is playful but highly studied and dependent for its success on a patient viewer.

August 2, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Who Is Cletis Tout?


Mildly entertaining. Storyline was only ok, but presented in a unique narrative style. Ru Paul's character was unnecesary, and distracting. Doesn't work on every level, but not too bad. Passed away an afternoon for me...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Christian Slater stars as a crook who gets a new identity after breaking out of prison. He's given the name Cletis Tout, which turns out to be the name of someone the mob wants dead. While Slater is looking for a box of diamonds that his friend (Ricard Dreyfuss) in prison hid when he was younger, he gets help from Dreyfuss' daughter (Portia de Rossi). The movie wants to be a smart Get Shorty type of mob comedy, but it never reaches that level. The only reason to watch this movie is for the performances. Believe it or not, but Tim Allen steals the show as a movie loving hit-man. Tim Allen shows here and Redbelt that he's wasted in the crappy family comedies that he usually makes. The guy can actually act and can handle more serious roles. Although, I wouldn't mind seeing him as "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" one more time lol.

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer

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