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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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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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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Black and White (one scene)| Color
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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 »

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

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 The Breaking Point (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream Spinner
Written by Mark Petrie (as Mark John Petrie) (ASCAP) & Ryan Amon (BMI)
Courtesy of S3 Music and Sound
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many great laughs in a shallow pond
25 June 2008 | by steve1480See all my reviews

This is an original movie with some amazingly funny and surprising moments, some preposterously bad acting and action, and a premise and resolution that really strains the imagination. Plus some very very good lines. It's a movie that plays, rather joyously, at 'being dumb' (Lucy Liu's nipple pops out of her dress and remains there for a whole scene) but creates hysterical situations and carries them off thru the sheer pleasure of Murphy's enthusiasm. Liu's athleticism is on subtle display and it is pretty amazing. It also has two of the best rock and roll moments I've ever seen in films; one, a great indie band in a club running thru the heart riff of a unique song and two, a highly produced backyard karaoke performance that perfectly resolves the needs of the film's moment. The ending is kind of forced but to come up with a real resolution of this story would take a writer of true genius. Summary: not so good, but you can't find this many laughs of this quality very easily. A must-see for a totally non-serious I-don't-know-what-to-do-today day.


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