A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels.

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A writer in New York tries to live a double life as an amateur private eye. A feature film adaptation of the HBO series, "Bored to Death."

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 Jonathan Ames (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Ray Hueston (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 George Christopher (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
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 Leah (22 episodes, 2009-2011)
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A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels.

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20 September 2009 (USA)  »

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Eventhough they play lovers, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen are really married. See more »

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On the last page of text in the intro, on the fourth line, there is a grammatical error. It reads: "... she would have been smart and gotten far away New York." but it should read: "...she would have been smart and gotten far away from New York." See more »

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Leah: That's a big word for you, you read it in one of your Comic Books?
Ray Hueston: No, I read it in my diary.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.132 (2010) See more »

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Bored to Death
Performed by Coconut Records
Written by Jason Schwartzman and Jonathan Ames
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Kind of Perfect For Everyone
30 November 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I truly think that this is very much a good representative of the term "all things to all people".

This has the hoity pretension of the Wes Anderson (et al) movies, endearing observation of 90s (popular) stand-up, and a delivery that is just straight up charming. Plus an accessibility that even an Airplane fan like me would be able to click in to (if that were the only style I were in to).

Whilst it could very easily veer in to the pretentious crowd (and with Schwartzman that's sometimes difficult to tell, because of his on-screen manner), it always stays on song. It's very accessible, and hilarious. It's not just the clever jokes, the in jokes and the observations (woven in to the characters) there's also a health dose of (very) old school slapstick I think. Hell, it even manages to catch the stoner crowd.

It could be thought of as being too male centric, well, apart from that being slightly the point it's never testosterone city, and it might feel token if a female point of view were added. But if it were, what a view it might be.


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