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Watching the Detectives

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Watching the Detectives
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A vintage video store clerk, who dreams of his life being more like his favorite movies, finds his life turned upside down when he meets a real femme fatale.
Statement of Responsibility: Peach Arch Entertainment presents presents a Plum Pictures production in association with Hart-Lunsford Pictures ; produced by Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Galt Niederhoffer ; written and directed by Paul Soter
Title: Watching the detectives
[videorecording]
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Genius Entertainment : Peace Arch Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Credits: Director of photography, Christophie Lanzenberg; editor, Jeff Canavan.
Performers: Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy.
Summary: A vintage video store clerk, who dreams of his life being more like his favorite movies, finds his life turned upside down when he meets a real femme fatale.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, NTSC, widescreen; Dolby Digital 5.1
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Drama Femmes fatales Drama Clerks (Retail trade) Drama
Genre/Form: Comedy films
Romantic comedy films
Feature films
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Femmes fatales
Clerks (Retail trade)
Publisher No: 81455
ISBN: 9781594451751
1594451753
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE W
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Apr 22, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Fair – Watching the Detectives (2007) 91 min. starring Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu. I could probably relate to Cillian Murphy’s character more than anyone. Here’s a guy that loves movies to the point that he spends most of his time with fictional characters than real people. Enter stage left, Lucy Liu, who throws a monkey wrench in Murphy’s existence. To her point “if you want to watch basketball, why not go out and play the game?” I did enjoy the relationship between the serious Murphy and the quirky Liu, though I did find Lucy Liu a tad too old for this part. As a comedy, the film does fall short; great ideas, forgettable execution. For instance, the director created a geek world in a VHS video store that is reminiscent of any comic book shop; the characters were interesting but they could've been so much more memorable.

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