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Watching the Detectives (2007)

Watching the Detectives





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A film freak has his life turned upside down when he starts dating a real-life femme fatale in this comedy. Neil (Cillian Murphy) is a dyed-in-the-wool movie fan who runs a video store, "Gumshoe Video," specializing in classic film noir and offbeat cult items. Neil spends nearly every evening on the couch, soaking up classic movies from the blue glow of his television; Neil's lack of a social life has not been good for his relationships with women, and his latest girlfriend walked out on him after he declared he wanted her to be more like Katharine Ross in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. But then Neil meets Violet (Lucy Liu), a sexy and adventurous woman who is immediately taken with him. However, Neil soon decides Violet may be a bit too adventurous -- while he's content to get his excitement from watching movies, she would rather throw herself into thrilling situations rather than observe them from a distance, and her appetite for danger proves to be far more than he bargained for. Watching the Detectives was the first directorial effort from Paul Soter, who as a member of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe helped write the films Super Troopers and Beerfest.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Soter
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On DVD: Aug 12, 2008
Hart-Lunsford Pictures


Lucy Liu
as Violet
Mark Harelik
as Det. Barloe
Ali Reza
as Det. Lowenstein
Lonny Ross
as Eager Customer
Paul Scheer
as Annoying Customer
J.T. O'Connor
as Bald Creep
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All Critics (2)

Even mega-fans of either of the headliners will have trouble muddling through it.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008

It looks like it's back to doling out parking tickets and shotgunning booze for Mr. Soter, and I think Cillian's probably learned a valuable career lesson here as well.

December 18, 2007
Manhattan Movie Magazine

Audience Reviews for Watching the Detectives

I loved this movie!!! I want may boyfriends to be like Cillian Murphys character!! love love love. I think this is Luci Lus best performance. She is so quirky and fun. There is never a dull moments in this cute and fresh film.

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

This was so funny. Cilllian Murphy was so great as a gullable pathetic guy. Lucy Lui, well, how do I put it, her character probably tops Clementine in Eternal Sunshine. She was so incredibly lovable in every way. The movie was full of Hilarius shots of Cillian Murphy crying and dressing up like old movie characters that would be worth watching on its own. The plot is great though. You never quite know what's going on, not even until the credits role, which was really interesting. I also loved that this is a movie for movie lovers with countless references to cult classics. It gets so hardcore that it brings up the question of which Invasion of the Body Snatchers is better, priceless.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

As a huge fan of the Broken Lizard boys it was nice to see one of them break free as a director on a completely different style of film. The laugh out loud moments have been replaced by scenes that inspire quiet quirky giggles. It's a nice enough romantic comedy, but the quirky girl thing has been done too much of late. The film juggles it's message uncomfortably, and soon just becomes a repetitive cycle, with bluff after bluff after bluff. It's an easy watch and one that has enough entertainment value in it's 90 minutes to justify a watch.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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