In this action comedy, dental-supply salesman Andy Fidler (Eugene Levy) arrives in Detroit to receive an award. While sipping coffee and reading the newspaper in a busy coffee shop, he is mistaken to be the contact for an illegal sale of firearms. Confused, Andy accepts a sample of the illegal product with instructions for making payment on the entire shipment. The drop is meant for Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson), a federal agent performing a sting operation. Andy’s naïve and simple-minded logic confronts Vann’s calculated schedule to draw the crime king (Luke Goss) into the arms of the law. Hilarity ensues as Andy and Vann become reluctant partners. Andy is a marked man until the gangsters get their money, and Vann must nab the crooks or else be labeled a dirty cop and conspirator with criminals that killed his partner.
Eugene Levy can portray the innocent, naive, well adjusted mid westerner very well. He plays the part of a dental equipment salesman that goes to Detroit for a convention to deliver the keynote speech. He accidentally gets involved in a huge case of mistaken identity by some arms dealers and has no choice to cooperate with Vann, the Federal undercover agent. Vann and Fiddler mix like oil and water, but Fiddler says he has never met anyone that doesn’t become his friend eventually. There are many comical situations that occur as the two get to know each other and try to break the case. Unfortunately for the family audience most of them include foul language and/or toilet humor.
If a real salesman went to Detroit and had the experiences that Fiddler had, he would have one heck of a story to tell when he returned home. Most likely no one would believe it.
I did enjoy the chemistry between Samuel L Jackson and Eugene Levy. It looked as though they had a “gas” making this film together. Eugene Levy is indeed “The Man”.