John Herzfeld deftly welds together a multitude of subplots-- a loser hitman and a cool assassin involved in an insurance scam; a washed-up director, turned suicidal, if only he had someone to care for his beloved dog; a snooty art dealer, wracked by kidney stones, cared for by his devoted assistant; a grungy deranged vice cop, now partnered with a fresh-faced rookie; and two beautiful and jealous women entangled in their deadly scheme--into a spoof of the crime thriller genre.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Saw this on video over the weekend and it is not half bad at all. A sub-Tarantino comedy thriller, with a series of linked plots where characters become unwittingly involved with each other. Wife arranges for baddies to top ex-husband (somewhat to her discomfort the hit-man and his sidekick shoot said ex in the hirer's bed - while she is still in it); sidekick gets set up to take the rap, encounters raving misogynist with kidney stones, falls in love with much derided secretary; failed film director contemplates suicide but is saved by a good woman; vice cop yearns to move to homicide and gets embroiled by accident in murder (see above); final denouement when all main characters arrive by chance in the same neighbourhood........ I am sure you get the picture. Neat enough set of stories, and some clever dialogue (sometimes lost in the murk of a badly recorded soundtrack), but the best thing is that this is a really good portmanteau film. You get Danny Aiello as the framed sidekick to James Spader's truly odious murderer (he nearly shoots his badly wounded femme fatal girlfriend 'for your own good': more than a hint of Reservoir Dogs methinks), Teri Hatcher as the sport obsessed wife hiring the killers, Eric Stoltz as the wistful vice cop, Jeff Daniels as his partner, Louise Fletcher, Keith Carradine .and a whole slew of other faces you can recognise but not quite place. Great fun to watch because it looks as if it was great fun to make, and some cracking music to boot. However someone should shoot the dialogue recordists - on this showing, James Spader would appear to be the right man for the job.
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