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Sexually unfulfilled journalist follows up obscene phone call and witnesses a murder
"Call Me" (1988) can safely be bypassed. You won't miss much. The music is clichéd, starting off with a bluesy sax that we've heard many times before without a trace of originality. The score sometimes drones and drowns out dialog. The soundtrack carries too much background sound. The lead actress, Patricia Charbonneau, is wooden. The movie aims to titillate with one extended phone call sex sequence. The best acting is that of two hoods: Stephen McHattie and Steve Buscemi. They have screen presence. Patti D'Arbanville provided very good support.
The story and screenplay, the heart of any movie, is too prolonged and too simple. The two pieces of it do not mesh at all well. One piece has Charbonneau interacting with a caller who plays upon her lack of sexual fulfillment from her current boy friend. The other piece has her being pursued by McHattie and Buscemi over money she supposedly stole while witnessing a murder done by a cop. Charbonneau's character does almost nothing sensible in this story.
It's true that the photography captures the night look with good colors and shadows. That and the story make this a neo-noir. It's just not a very good one. For completists only or for those who don't mind dragged out wannabe thrillers.
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