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Veronica Mars (2014)

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Years after walking away from her past as a young private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown, just in time for her high school reunion, in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.

Director:

Rob Thomas

Writers:

Rob Thomas (screenplay), Diane Ruggiero (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Veronica Mars
Jason Dohring ... Logan Echolls
Enrico Colantoni ... Keith Mars
Chris Lowell ... Stosh 'Piz' Piznarski
Percy Daggs III ... Wallace Fennel
Tina Majorino ... Cindy 'Mac' Mackenzie
Krysten Ritter ... Gia Goodman
Martin Starr ... Stu 'Cobb' Cobbler
Gaby Hoffmann ... Ruby Jetson
Andrea Estella Andrea Estella ... Bonnie DeVille
Jerry O'Connell ... Sheriff Dan Lamb
Francis Capra ... Eli 'Weevil' Navarro
Ryan Hansen ... Dick Casablancas
Brandon Hillock ... Deputy Jerry Sacks
Maury Sterling ... Deputy Lyles
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Storyline

Former teenage private eye and now an aspiring New York City lawyer, Veronica Mars gets one phone call from ex-boyfriend Logan Echolls and she gets pulled right back into the seedy underbelly of Neptune, California. Logan's pop star girlfriend, Bonnie DeVille, has been murdered and he needs Veronica's help to clear his name. DeVille is a fellow Neptune High alum, and her murder and Veronica's return to Neptune coincide with their 10-year high school reunion. Veronica is face to face with old friends and foes alike and finds it's much harder to leave home a second time. Written by Anne Campbell

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She thought she was out


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality including references, drug content, violence and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Kickstarter page | Official Facebook | See more »

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USA | UK | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Veronica Mars: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,988,351, 16 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,319,109, 20 April 2014
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie earned $2 million in its opening weekend at 291 theatres (not counting Video On Demand earnings). See more »

Goofs

During early opening narration, Veronica says she hasn't spoken to or heard from Logan in nine years. Yet not only does she have his phone number saved in her phone, his picture comes up when he calls her. See more »

Quotes

Vinnie Van Lowe: I'm the reason people know that Anne Hathaway has a vagina.
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Crazy Credits

In the middle of the end credits, we cut back to James Franco, still struggling to come up with words that rhyme with "orange." See more »

Connections

References Brokeback Mountain (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Wanna Shine
Written by Kyle Andrews, Neil Mason, and Lauren Ross
Performed by Kyle Andrews
Courtesy of Elephant Lady Records
Under license by Terrorbird Media
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I am NOT in the target audience, but I did enjoy it.
18 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In some ways, I am the worst person to watch the Veronica Mars film. After all, I have never watched the television show on which the film is based—or do I know anything about it. I am probably NOT the typical person who would go to see the movie. I also am probably not in the target audience, as I am nearing 50. However, on the other hand, there are LOTS of people who didn't watch the show—and in many ways, this film is for them. Fortunately, you do NOT need to be a fan of the series to understand what is happening in the film. The beginning did a good job of catching the viewer up on the character—so if you are drug along to the movie by a friend who LOVES the series, you don't need to worry about feeling lost.

When the film begins, you learn that Veronica has left her home town of Neptune and gone off to college—where she was a super-high achiever. She's about to begin working for a high-power New York law firm when the film begins—as she' a recent graduate of the top schools and with top grades. However, when her ex-boyfriend is arrested for murder, Veronica cannot sit back and let the case work itself out—particularly since she knows how corrupt her old local police force is. So, she puts her job offer on hold and heads home. Soon, she begins to detect a pattern— other old classmates have also died and there might be some conspiracy afoot. But, instead of letting the police or her father investigate, she springs back in to action—like, apparently, the Veronica Mars of old who cannot resist a mystery.

I noticed that People Magazine this week did a quick review of the film. They described by saying 'this is basically a deluxe reunion episode'. I would agree that it could easily have been a made for TV movie and has that look. However, as a lover of classic Hollywood films, I see it also as being very much like a B-mystery series—such as Charlie Chan or the Falcon---and with many of the same old clichés that were common in the 1930s and 40s. Now this is NOT meant as a criticism—more of a comment about the style of the plot. So, if you remove the very hip music and hipster dialog, you have so many elements that are familiar to fans of the mystery genre. There is the inexplicable confession that comes from one of the conspirators near the end of the film, a heroine who commits break-ins and a huge confrontation scene where the heroine attacks and temporarily subdues the evil killer—yet doesn't pick up his gun! All these clichés are very old and very familiar…very. However, it's how all this is packaged that is unusual. Some may adore the self- possessed narration and coolness of the film—and it obviously is trying to appeal to younger audiences (I'd guess in the 16-30 range in particular). As for me, it was okay—and the story reasonably engaging and interesting. My verdict, strictly for the uninitiated like me, is that while I would not rush to the theater to see this one, it is a pleasant time-passer and you won't dislike the film. I see it more as a film to watch when it comes out on DVD. However, this does not apply to the fans of the old show—they most likely will love it. After all, their show is back—the amazingly successful culmination of a HUGE Kickstarter campaign—one that set records for how much and how quickly it was funded! These folks will certainly enjoy the film…and look forward to the "Untitled Veronica Mars Spin off" currently listed as being in the works (at least according to IMDb). I hope that Kirsten Bell will have time to do this—she has been a very busy and successful actress since appearing on this cult TV show.


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