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Watching the Detectives (2007)

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A film noir buff has his life turned on end by a femme fatale with a big adventure in mind.

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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

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Sometimes love is stranger than fiction

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11 September 2008 (Russia)  »

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Liebe lieber ungewöhnlich - Eine Beziehung mit Hindernissen  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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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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Violet says she doesn't have a driver's license, but she still manages to drive a car to Neil's house. However, she may have told Neil that she didn't have a driver's license just to see how he'd react, just like almost everything else she did to him. See more »

Quotes

Denise: I bet you're gonna say next it's not you, it's me.
Neil: No, no, no, it's definitely you. Look, Denise, you're not enough like Katharine Ross in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Denise: I don't know what that means!
Neil: She was so supportive, you know. She... she didn't make Paul Newman feel stupid. She went along with it.
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References Edge of Doom (1950) See more »

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many great laughs in a shallow pond
25 June 2008 | by (Boston Area) – See all my reviews

This is an original movie with some amazingly funny and surprising moments, some preposterously bad acting and action, and a premise and resolution that really strains the imagination. Plus some very very good lines. It's a movie that plays, rather joyously, at 'being dumb' (Lucy Liu's nipple pops out of her dress and remains there for a whole scene) but creates hysterical situations and carries them off thru the sheer pleasure of Murphy's enthusiasm. Liu's athleticism is on subtle display and it is pretty amazing. It also has two of the best rock and roll moments I've ever seen in films; one, a great indie band in a club running thru the heart riff of a unique song and two, a highly produced backyard karaoke performance that perfectly resolves the needs of the film's moment. The ending is kind of forced but to come up with a real resolution of this story would take a writer of true genius. Summary: not so good, but you can't find this many laughs of this quality very easily. A must-see for a totally non-serious I-don't-know-what-to-do-today day.


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