Review Date: August 02, 1998
Director: Jake Kasdan
Writer: Jake Kasdan
Producers: Jake Kasdan, Janet Young, Lisa Henson
But ultimately, the film's plot and execution never really generate enough drama, interest or zing to keep the film enjoyable at any level. It seemed like a quirky film at times, a crime drama at others, and ultimately degenerated into some half-assed romantic crime tale, which didn't seem to know which end was up anymore. There were some original points in the script, and even some clever moments about the detective, his methods and motivations, but not enough to constitute anything close to a successful movie.
Even Ben Stiller seemed wasted in his underplayed role of the assistant who was torn between his love and his job. On top of everything, the film packed it in a little under the two-hour mark, without justifying at least thirty minutes of that lengthy total. In the end, I believe that your enjoyment of this film will be strongly correlated to your appreciation of the work of Bill Pullman, your desire to see experimental films that may quirk your interest, and the unimportance of the money that you are willing to invest in this video pick. If all three traffic lights seem green to you, then please go ahead and watch this movie and try to enjoy your time on board. If your interest is not peaked by my guidelines, then I suggest you go out and rent the ultimate hip, quirky, crime film: RESERVOIR DOGS (9/10), by Quentin Tarantino, and have a blast!