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Lies and 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

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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Netherlands | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Lies and Alibis See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$138,704
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Ray clandestinely takes a photograph of Detective Bryce with his cell phone when she is leaving on the elevator, the resulting photograph does not match the position she was standing. The photograph has her facing slightly to her left, when her actual position was facing slightly to her right. 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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Connections

References Rambo III (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Contes d'Hoffman: Belle Nuit, O' Nuit D'amour
Written by Jacques Offenbach
Performed by L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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This is how I imagine Frank Tashlin does neo-noir
16 April 2006 | by dima-12See all my reviews

THE ALIBI is a smooth, elegant, neo-noir expertly shot by guys who did pre-cog scenes in MINORITY REPORT. It is very reminiscent of Frank Tashlin's work. Tashlin was the Warner Bros. cartoonist who ended up doing vehicles for Jerry Lewis and Doris Day. While his cartoons were strongly influenced by live action cinema, his live action features had a distinctive cartoonish element.

Te same can be said for THE ALIBI which works as a very tightly knit yarn and feels as precise as a special effects sequence. This precision makes the film flow smoothly and the directors deliver Hollywood entertainment at its best.

The cast is top-notch and the attached talent is the major asset of this production.

The only major shortcoming of this feature is the complete absence of emotions and character depth. The only character fully developed is the main character and it is a shame because other characters are too flat so the story fails to emotionally resonate. The screenplay feels like the first draft and it seems that it was just a couple rewrites away from being fully developed.

This is why THE ALIBI is just a well made programmer while it seems that deep inside it possessed a much bigger potential.


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