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

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Violet: So which one should I rent...? So which one do you recommend?
[Hits Neil on back with videos]
Violet: All of a sudden you're a mute?
Neil: Oh, err, I take it your talking to me now?
Violet: Who else would I be talking to?
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Good premise, weak film
28 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

Basically this is a pale shadow of High Fidelity, which was a witty and wonderfully acted film with several truly winning character turns. Watching the Detectives has none of that.

The premise of a video store geek swept off his feet by a quirky mystery woman is a good one but is never fully or adequately explored, thanks to a very weak script and the miscasting of the leads, not to mention the lack of any real visual story-telling style. I mean, this film is centered around MOVIES, yet is itself incredibly uncinematic! That's a major failing right there.

But the main problem is we simply don't care about the main characters because the script and the actors (Murphy and Liu) fail to make them true or sympathetic in any real way. So the film just becomes a series of episodes involving two people who seem, well, not terribly interesting.

Oh, yeah, another thing: For a romantic comedy? It's not funny. And the romance isn't terribly romantic, either.

So avoid it. Even at its 90-something minute running time it's just not worth sitting through...


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