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After making a 3-hour fiasco about New York City's water supply, a two-man film crew decides to take it up a notch by documenting life in the private investigator offices of "Boone and ... See full summary »

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After making a 3-hour fiasco about New York City's water supply, a two-man film crew decides to take it up a notch by documenting life in the private investigator offices of "Boone and Murphy". Cheating husbands and missing dogs fail to bring in the big bucks however, and after sleeping with the wife of one of their clients Murphy leaves. To stop Boone from having to close down the business the two film-makers must resort to a hands-on approach in the investigations to ensure the completion of their movie. Written by Signy

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A comedy about passion, murder and things that can only happen in the movies.


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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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1 October 1998 (USA)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,985 (USA) (12 November 1999)

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$5,985 (USA) (12 November 1999)
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John Slattery plays Miguel Ferrer's business partner. Slattery is married to Talia Balsam, whose ex-husband is Ferrer's cousin, George Clooney. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Murphy: It's been real.
Wilton Crawley: It's a documentary!
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References The Sleeping City (1950) See more »

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Fidelio: Overture
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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for fans of "The Office" and "Spinal Tap"
16 October 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

It's an "8" for what it is, earning an extra point for being too original at the time. It's a mockumentary ala "Spinal Tap" and "Best in Show" which, frankly, are better, but this stands on its own. Following a second-rate private dick in LA, it jumps the "fourth wall", and incorporates the film crew, adding to the fun. One of the best things about it is its layers of droll that I suspect will not unfold until I see it again.

Having been weaned on Cristopher Guest's best (Tap, Waiting, Best, et al), and the TV hit "The Office", one thing this mockumentary has that it probably shouldn't have had... was a soundtrack. But, it was an ABC pilot order, and without any backup like a borrowed British TV success (The Office), that was unavoidable at the time. The soundtrack's not bad, but it does detract.

It's a fun attack on that line that separates Reality and the silly joke called life.


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