6.4/10
3,498
23 user 9 critic

Watching the Detectives (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 11 September 2008 (Russia)
A film noir buff has his life turned on end by a femme fatale with a big adventure in mind.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sunburn (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A group of Irish college students are about to leave for the United States, where they've landed summer jobs on Long Island, New York. Working hard in the day and playing even harder at ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Hume
Stars: Paloma Baeza, Cillian Murphy, Barry Ward
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A gangster named Perrier looks to exact his revenge on a trio of fugitives responsible for the accidental death of one of his cronies.

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Michael McElhatton
Peacock (2010)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A train accident in rural Nebraska gradually unveils a mystery involving the town's bank clerk.

Director: Michael Lander
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon
On the Edge (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.

Director: John Carney
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Tricia Vessey, Martin Carney
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany') sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who ... See full summary »

Director: Goran Paskaljevic
Stars: Colm Meaney, Adrian Dunbar, Cillian Murphy
Disco Pigs (2001)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A twisted rite of passage.

Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy, Sarah Gallagher
Broken IV (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.

Director: Rufus Norris
Stars: Charlie Booty, Lily James, Tim Roth
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones, Eva Birthistle
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.

Director: John Maybury
Stars: Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys
Retreat I (2011)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an Island Retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a Man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe.

Director: Carl Tibbetts
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, Jamie Bell
Intermission (2003)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.

Director: John Crowley
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Kelly Macdonald, Colin Farrell
The Water I (2009)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Father and son bring their painful past into their isolated present for 24 hours. Set in the middle of a cold beautiful winter, "The Water" explores the complex and intimate dynamic between... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Drew
Stars: Leslie Feist, David Fox, Cillian Murphy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Eager Customer
...
Annoying Customer
Richard Waddingham ...
Dennis - Bald Giant
...
Bald Creep
Edit

Storyline

Neil, a self proclaimed film geek and owner of Gumshoe video, has always been content to live vicariously through his favorite films noir. But when he meets Violet, a real-life femme fatale, his mundane world gets turned upside down and the line between reality and the movies quickly begins to blur. Will Neil step up and embrace a life full of adventure or retreat back to his comfortable couch? Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes love is stranger than fiction

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 September 2008 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Liebe lieber ungewöhnlich - Eine Beziehung mit Hindernissen  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

(one scene)|
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The title of the film is taken from a 1977 Elvis Costello song, from the album "My Aim Is True". See more »

Goofs

When Neil and Violet go to the cat lady's house to watch the game, the cats constantly keep changing spots between shots. See more »

Quotes

Lucien: So what was the Bet?
Jonathan: If the bugs won, I could shove a burrito in your face.
Lucien: Well you know the last time you lost, I was supposed to get to piss on your foot, but I never did.
Jonathan: What you waiting for? You want to piss on my foot, be my guest.
Lucien: Hey Neil!
Neil: Yeah?
Lucien: Want to see me piss on his foot?
Neil: Uh, sure, yeah... Just not in the store.
See more »

Connections

References The Baxter (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

B TEAM
Written by Mark John Petrie (ASCAP)
Courtesy of S3 Music and Sound
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Watch it of your own choosing, its hard to recommend a film that has good ideas but poor execution
17 August 2010 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Neil (Cillian Murphy) runs a vintage video store with a small group of friends. All of them adore movies and engage in arguments every day about which animation techniques are the best and so on. Although Neil has a girlfriend (Heather Burns), he decides he'd be better off without her and says sayonara over lunch. Good thing, too, for into his store walks a darling lass, Violet (Lucy Liu), who wants Neil to recommend a movie for a sick friend. The video man does so, hoping he will see Violet again. As it happens, Vi is one unusual lady and she arranges some further meetings with Neil with the utmost flair. Knowing he likes mysteries, Violet makes herself into a femme fatale and scares the willies out of Neil, by faking kidnappings, hiring thugs, and more. Somewhere along the line, the two fall in love but Neil never knows what Vi will do next to rattle his bones. Is there a future in such a relationship? As a fan of Murphy's, it was a rush to find this film at the price of one dollar. However, the good feeling soon evaporated, no fault of this fine and handsome Irish actor. He is good and Liu is downright adorable. But, although there are some memorable scenes and interesting premises, the flick still seems very disjointed and sloppily put-together. Too bad the screenwriter didn't ask for help, for a second writer might have found a way to increase its appeal. As it is, one scene follows another, without a focus. The scenery is pretty good, as are the costumes, and there is a few charming moments, such as the time Neil kisses Violet through a hole in the fence. Therefore, if you think Murphy is handsome or Liu is intriguing, you might want to give this film a whirl. Otherwise, even a dollar might seem too much to spend.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
cillian murphy is in this? you've go to be kidding me? walktheplank13
anyone know where in NYC it'll be filmed? roxymoonjc
He's adorable. She's annoying. RhodyChick1
New Clips! kamyx1
terrible jesrosko
So it kinda sucked flapperjane
Discuss Watching the Detectives (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?