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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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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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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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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 »

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Jonathan: Did she have any wild mood swings?
Neil: No, she was... she was, you know, she was pretty consistently out there.
Jonathan: Yeah alright then, she's not bi-polar.
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Written by Jon Greathouse (as Jon G. Greathouse) (ASCAP)
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Doesn't live up to its premise.
27 May 2009 | by (Singapore) – See 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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