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Watching the Detectives (2007)

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

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 Richard Waddingham ... Dennis - Bald Giant
J. T. O'Connor ... Bald Creep
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Storyline

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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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(DVD)

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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

During Neil's "concert" for Violet, she accidentally burns a cardboard cutout's eye. Later when Neil is crying over their breakup while ringing up a customer, it shows the cutout burn-free. See more »

Quotes

Neil: You never rented a movie?
Violet: Well, I've been to a movie. Does that count?
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References Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976) See more »

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Written by Mark Petrie (as Mark John Petrie) (ASCAP)
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Doesn't live up to its premise.
27 May 2009 | by eddaxSee all my reviews

While the premise of the movie was most attractive to me: "A film noir buff has his life turned on end by a femme fatale with a big adventure in mind," and the casting of Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu quite inspired, the execution was pretty ho-hum, and it's no wonder this movie went straight to video.

Despite the premise, this movie's more of a twisted rom-com, in which Liu somewhat sadistically teases Murphy on by constantly lying to him about everything, and Murphy masochistically keeps going along like a puppy who's been whipped and likes it. It's cute... for a little while, and then you start wondering what kind of a fetishistic sex life they would have as a couple.

There are a few weak tribute scenes to the film-noir genre, but the only truly geeky (and amusing) scene comes when a group of movie buffs try to guess where and why Liu stopped watching a videotape movie by looking at how much reel has been unspooled.

I wish someone would give Lucy Liu a movie in which she's not portrayed as an Asian tigress, no matter how she does look like one.


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