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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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Detective Barloe
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Detective Lowenstein
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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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Liebe lieber ungewöhnlich - Eine Beziehung mit Hindernissen  »

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The title of the film is taken from a 1977 Elvis Costello song, from the album "My Aim Is True". See more »

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When Neil and Violet go to the cat lady's house to watch the game, the cats constantly keep changing spots between shots. See more »

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Violet: So which one should I rent...? So which one do you recommend?
[Hits Neil on back with videos]
Violet: All of a sudden you're a mute?
Neil: Oh, err, I take it your talking to me now?
Violet: Who else would I be talking to?
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References Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) See more »

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Slow Parade
Written by Garth Beams, Tom Foster, Ed Eck, Tom Yates, Chris Roberts
Performed by Cosmopolis
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Strange, quirky, cute fluff
29 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Like the summary says - Watching The Detectives is strange, quirky, cute fluff. Like all of us folks on IMDb (as well as the characters in this movie), we watch too many movies. Too many bad movies. Too many similar movies. Watching The Detectives knows that so it veers off in a different direction and has some fun with the Romantic Comedy formula. It's a cute little movie. Could it have been better? Yes. Could the characters have been developed more? Yes. Could Lucy Liu been any cuter? I think not!! And to think she was almost 40 when she made this movie. Think of Watching The Detectives as a well made Indie film and you'll be pleased. It's already dated as the idea of a small, local video store catering to folks who like all kinds of movies is an idea whose time has unfortunately passed, but that's also part of its charm.

Lucy Liu is great. Cillian Murphy is OK (his look is more suited to post apocalyptic movies!!). The supporting cast is good. The music is very good. In fact, the scenes where music is featured were my favorite parts of the movie.

Give it a shot if you're looking for something lite and different.


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