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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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Paul Soter

Writer:

Paul Soter
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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 ... 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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,006
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(DVD)

Color:

Black and White (one scene)| Color
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Trivia

This film marks comedian Paul Soter's directorial debut. 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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Connections

References Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Skunkified Monk
Written by Jon Greathouse (as Jon G. Greathouse) (ASCAP)
Courtesy of S3 Music and Sound
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Life getting in the way of watching movies is fun, funny and enjoyable
9 April 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Watching the Detectives" is a movie for movie watchers who like to sit around watching movies about people who sit around watching movies. Neil (Cillian Murphy) is such a person. He owns a small video store specializing in B-movies and other hard to find titles complete with a couch to just sit on and watch movies. But life gets in the way.

Intrigued by a cute girl who walks into his store and frustrated by the big video chain stores opening down the street, he follows her and ends up doing stuff. Unfortunately for Neil, things that Violet (Lucy Liu) usually gets into are illegal by nature. But fortunately for Neil, he's seen characters like Violet in his movies, and now he's given a chance to live them out.

I liked the character of Neil a lot. I liked the fact that he appreciated the comfort of his couch. He's cute and funny, and he would be smart if girls and life didn't get in the way. But I like Cillian Muprhy even more than I like Neil. He's got charisma and an unbelievably versatile talent that he can play just an ordinary guy. I didn't know that he could play ordinary with such a great comedic touch.

"Watching the Detectives" is a comedy for movie watchers - meaning you need to have seen classics like "Citizen Kane" and "Thelma & Louise" since this movie has a knack for giving away their endings. They probably also do it for a number of B-movies, but just ones that you likely haven't heard of. I would have appreciated a darker ending, but I still thoroughly enjoyed watching "Watching the Detectives".


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