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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.

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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

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Sometimes love is stranger than fiction

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Liebe lieber ungewöhnlich - Eine Beziehung mit Hindernissen  »

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

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When Violet interrupts Neil's bath and he is supposed to be naked, he is wearing some kind of cloth to cover his masculine parts. See more »

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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.
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References Casino (1995) See more »

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Our Swords
Written by Ben Bridwell (as Benjamin Bridwell)
Performed by Band of Horses
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Watching the Detectives: screwball comedy for the 21st century
16 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Watching the Detectives is a loving homage to the screwball comedies of the 30s and 40s, adopting the basic formula of Bringing up Baby, i.e. daffy broad woos uptight dork. The dork is Cillian Murphy's Neil, an esoteric video store owner obsessed with being part of the movie reality he spends so much time the passive viewer of. Along comes Lucy Liu's Violet, a moderately insane woman who doesn't need to watch movies because she is always starring in her own, and is determined to have Neil as her costar. She involves him in a string of situations reminiscent of classic movies, noir and screwball alike, while attempting to help Neil realize she's the best thing that ever happened to him The movie is pleasant, though meandering at times, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The story could have used a little stronger of an underlying plot arc to tie together the comic episodes beyond the basic premise of Liu's pursuit of Neil. This plot arc component is what made Bringing up Baby, It Happened One Night, and other classic screwball comedies so good, the laughs occurring within a tight script. Watching the Detectives' script is funny if a bit flabby, but Lucy Liu and Cillian Murphy deliver inspired performances amidst a talented supporting cast, and are able to make you forget the film's flaws and enjoy yourself.

The central message of the film is good one for all of us who spend too much time watching and not enough time making our own movies.


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