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Watching the Detectives (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 11 September 2008 (Russia)
A film noir buff has his life turned on end by a femme fatale with a big adventure in mind.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cillian Murphy ... Neil
Lucy Liu ... Violet
Jason Sudeikis ... Jonathan
Michael Panes ... Lucien
Callie Thorne ... Marcia
Michael Yurchak ... Buddy
Heather Burns ... Denise
Mark Harelik ... Detective Barloe
Ali Reza ... Detective Lowenstein
Josh Pais ... Andy
Brett Gelman ... Glenn
Lonny Ross ... Eager Customer
Paul Scheer ... Annoying Customer
Richard Waddingham ... Dennis - Bald Giant
J. T. O'Connor ... Bald Creep
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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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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebe lieber ungewöhnlich - Eine Beziehung mit Hindernissen See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Black and White (one scene)| Color
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Trivia

While it did premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007, the film was unable to secure distribution for a theater release and so went straight to DVD. See more »

Goofs

When Violet interrupts Neil's bath and he is supposed to be naked, he is wearing some kind of cloth to cover his masculine parts. See more »

Quotes

Violet: [Entering Neil's video store, talking to someone on her headset phone] No, I don't mind. I'm in the video store right now... No, it's one of those little shitty ones.
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References Blonde Goddess (1982) See more »

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a romantic comedy which is not interesting enough
18 August 2008 | by polinkaSee all my reviews

The only reason I gave it a 6/10 is because Cillian Murphy is always a good performer.He is the only one to watch in this movie. But for an actor of his range, it is still disappointing. I thought that it could be a different type of romantic comedy,- it started interestingly enough- but after you got the point of this girl (Lucy Liu) being "nuts", it is going nowhere. I smiled, maybe, once.The rest of the time I just waited for something to happen. Lucy Liu is not charming enough in this kind of pranks, because she is not a teenager, or sweet, and she is not convincing. I really like her, but she was better in action movies, or playing a more serious character. I didn't find a great chemistry between them. I think that the director and the stars tried to make it work because a story about this weird guy who lives a boring life unlike in the movies he watches (big surprise here...), falling for this 'border-line con'/ grasshopper,- sounded like an appealing and funny idea of a movie - but it didn't work. not for me, anyway.I also have a feeling that this kind of plot was done before, and it worked better.


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