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Lies & Alibis (2006)

The Alibi (original title)
A man who runs an alibi service for adulterous husbands gets into a jam with a new client. In trying to remedy the situation, he must rely on an alluring woman who gets his heart racing.

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Noah Hawley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry O'Connell ... Businessman
Jon Polito ... Jimmy the Photographer
Deborah Kara Unger ... Dorothy
Steve Coogan ... Ray Elliott
Ken Kerman Ken Kerman ... Vic
Aimee Garcia ... Operator #1
Yasmine Delawari ... Operator #2
Mary Pat Gleason ... Operator #3
Rebecca Romijn ... Lola
Henry Rollins ... Putty
Sergio Bruna ... Waiter - Italian Restaurant
Selma Blair ... Adelle
Jim Cody Williams ... BoBo
Sam Elliott ... The Mormon
James Brolin ... Robert Hatch
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The crook Ray Elliott, whose former partner Jack is under a five million dollar contract, believes in statistics and runs a risk assessment and managing business; actually a front for a company that provides alibis to adulterous people that cheat their mates. He does not accept giving alibis for crimes and he has just hired the alluring Lola to be his assistant. When Wendell Hatch, the reckless son of his wealthy client Robert Hatch, accidentally kills his masochist date Heather in a kinky S&M game, Ray breaks his rules to protect his own name and hire some guys to clean the bedroom and vanish the body. Sooner Ray has many problems to resolve: the police are on his tail trying to find a clue about the disappearance of Heather; her jealous Mexican-American boyfriend wishes revenge against the murderer; Wendell is upset, because Ray told his father about the crime; Robert is angry and hires the hitman "The Mormon" to kill Ray, but the killer spares him to chase Jack. When the jealous ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Planning a lunchtime rendezvous or an elicit affair and don't want anyone to find out? Do you need an alibi? Then Ray Elliot is here to help. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Netherlands | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2006 (South Korea) See more »

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Lies & Alibis See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The original title of the film is called The Alibi. See more »

Goofs

Lola meets with Robert Hatch in the restaurant when she walks in she is wearing red heels after they clink glasses shot under the table she is wearing thongs. The next shot of them at the table the red heels are back. See more »

Quotes

The Mormon: Are you married?
Ray Elliott: No. No. I guess I just haven't met the right women.
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Stinging Sitars XO
Written by Anjali Bhatia
Performed by Anjali
Courtesy of Wiiija Records, Ltd.
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"The one thing I never do is to provide alibis to cover crime"
12 December 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

So states the risk management owner of a service that creates 'cover lies' for adulterous affairs. And up to a point that statement makes Ray Elliott (Steve Coogan) seem like an honest if distorted service provider, covering the tracks with high technology so that cheating husbands can have affairs without the danger of their wives' discovery.

Smartly written by Noah Hawley and directed with style by Matt Checkowski and Kurt Mattila, LIES & ALIBIS delivers a new twist to suspense films laced with comedy yet filled with tension, murder, and all manner of underground derring-do. Ray Elliott is a smooth talker who manages to discreetly provide protection for business men who cheat on their wives using photographers to set up situations, falsifying credit cards and names and hotel room reservations, staging gifts for suspicious wives to stave off their concerns, etc. All proceeds well until Ray's primary client Robert Hatch (James Brolin) hires Ray to cover his son Wendell's (James Marsden) Santa Barbara bed and breakfast, pre-wedding escapade with a S&M girlfriend of one Hannibal (John Leguizamo) - a spree that carries out a bit too far in that the girl is dead by Wendell's inadvertent orders during the 'game'. Sam takes on the voluptuous Lola (Rebecca Romijn) as his new assistant and discovers she is as brainy as she is beautiful. He employs her to help his cover of the murder (Ray had switched IDs with Wendell in a planned alibi cover for the fling), breaking his own rules, and Lola ends up saving the day through a manner of crosses and double crosses that fling off the screen so fast that it takes powerful concentration to keep the story progress straight - just the way coordinated crime behaves! The manner in which this spree takes place involves a large cast including Jon Polito, Deborah Kara Unger, Selma Blair, Sam Elliott and a fine crew of bit players. Steve Coogan and Rebecca Romijn make the whole caper tick like a time bomb, giving the film elegance and just the right balance of noir and romance. The rapid-fire cinematography is by Enrique Chediak and the always dependable Alexandre Desplat provides the musical score (with a heavy nod to Offenbach's Barcarolle from 'Tales of Hoffman'). For an evening of fast-paced intrigue, romance, tension, and creative writing and acting, LIES & ALIBIS is a sure bet. Grady Harp


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