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½ September 16, 2016
If you're a film noir fan or just a spoof fan in general, then Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is right up your alley. Steve Martin plays a P.I. who falls for a beautiful client, whose case turns out to be more dangerous and complicated than he expected. Weaving together footage from 1940's film noir classics like Humoresque and Dark Victory intricately story-wise within the story that takes place in the film, it makes for a fun and inventive narrative with side-splitting laughs. Martin gives a fantastic comedic performance in the movie (I think I'll be screaming "Cleaning Woman?!" days from now). Rachel Ward is also great as the dame and Carl Reiner is terrific, as always. Shot in black and white, photographer Michael Chapman and production designer John De Cuir give this movie the classic style it needs. The score is fantastic too. You could swear Max Steiner had a hand in it because of how bravura and classic it sounds. I found myself laughing out loud several times and both really enjoying and reveling in the movie. I'm sure it will please mostly film fans, but I urge everyone that's looking for some great laughs to check it out, as well.
August 22, 2016
It's ridiculous to see Steve Martin inserted into old films noir, playing against the likes of Alan Ladd, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, and Barbara Stanwyck - and that's the point. However, there aren't as many belly laughs as one would hope (although the "cleaning woman" bit makes a good plot device). Martin is a private dick and Rachel Ward is his client/love interest. The plot was sewn together by finding suitable clips from a dozen movies (The Killers, Double Indemnity, Lost Weekend, Notorious, etc.) and then fitting a story in between. It mostly works - or as they say in the production notes, it isn't as confusing as The Big Sleep (which isn't saying much). Everyone plays it straight, except for a streak of goofiness throughout (of course). Carl Reiner directs and plays a small part, but this was clearly a labor of love for him. He also assembled some veterans of the noir era: the soundtrack is by Miklos Rozsa and the costumes are by Edith Head. Classy, except it's not.
½ August 9, 2016
Mildly entertaining novelty
March 24, 2016
Steve Martin and Carl Reiner reteam after "The Jerk" for this parody and loving homage to the film noirs of 40s and 50s, which throws Martin into old footage from classic movies and reworks them into a new story. It is good fun, and Martin is his usual best as the lead. If you enjoy old noir films, this is a fun comedy film, but I really think you have to have an appreciation of those old films to really get into this. I love oddball comedies like this.
½ January 29, 2016
One of the funniest movies ever.
December 13, 2015
"You need a cup of my java."
October 4, 2015
it's not as funny as I expected it to be
May 14, 2015
The main joke of the film is how they keep mixing the modern scenes with Steve Martin with scenes from old black and white private eye films. As you might imagine this doesn't leave much room for a coherent plot, and the thrill of seeing Martin interact with Bogie or Kirk Douglas doesn't last. Maybe the incoherence is part of the joke, but what it amounts to is a muddled, only occasionally funny film that's trying too hard.
December 24, 2014
Thought this was interestingly done but rather slow at the same time.

Uses scenes from old movies to incorporate a new movie in black and white. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be humorous.
December 3, 2014
Steve Martin plays a 1940s private detective, in a comedic homage to the melodramas of that period, often called "film noir". This is a unique, creative film, full
of clips from the old movies. Rachel Ward is Steve's love interest. The actors in the clips are too numerous to mention, but include Bogart, Lancaster, Ladd, Lake, Turner, Bergman, and many many others. Directed by Carl Reiner.
½ September 29, 2014
a fun, silly, goofy 1940's film noir spoof
Steve Martin is having a ball playing a gumshoe detective out to solve the ultimate case
this is all while the breaking-the-fourth-wall jokes ensue and the self-aware humor has every chance to shine
the funniest has to be the inserted film clips from other classic black-and-white movies having characters interact with Rigby but we know better
the plot moves along at a brisk pace and the final act is ok for the most part
still, classic film buffs and comedy lovers will dig the combination of the two genres
½ July 27, 2014
(First and only viewing - 8/27/2010)
½ April 28, 2014
Before 'Kung Pow', there was Plaid.
April 12, 2014
(53%)
A smart, well-made loving spoof on 1940's films using some of cinema's most famous classic films with a fine level of attention to detail. It does get silly at times, but also a bit flat between the jokes, and the need for Martin to dress as a woman not once but twice highlights the general lack of good laughs. Fans of Martin, and the 40's era should give this a watch.
April 7, 2014
A Strange Spoof & Tribute To Films Of The Silver Screen. Director Carl Reiner & Steve Martin Bring This Great Tribute/Spoof Noir In The Style Of The Cinema Classics.
The Film Follows Your Typical 1940's Plot With All The Cliche's Intact. The Film Follows Gumshoe Rigby Reardon (Martin), Who Is Hired By Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward), To Find Out Who Murdered Her Father. What Ensues Is The Usual Spoof Gags, As Well As Great Script Writing That Allows Seventeen Vintage Hollywood Films To Be Intercut Almost Seamlessly & Gives A Great Interaction Between Martin & The Hollywood Legends, Which Include, Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Joan Crawford, Cary Grant & Jimmy Cagney.
March 27, 2014
A film-noir spoof starring and co-written by Steve Martin, directed by Carl Reiner, and featuring incoporated archive footage from other noir classics; do you STILL need convincing?
March 26, 2014
good spoof of dectective/noir movies.
March 18, 2014
Good idea using old movies pieced together for a silly film noir comedy. But it ultimately dragged a bit.
February 22, 2014
Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) is tough, rough and ready to take on anything when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and chesemaker, has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead him to the "Carlotta Lists."

also stars Reni Santoni, Carl Reiner, George Gaynes, Adrian Ricard, Frank McCarthy, Gene Labell and George Sawava.

directed by Carl Reiner.
February 21, 2014
"You know how to dial don't you? Just put your finger in the hole and make little circles"
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