Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2000. Pandora Cinema, Sandcastle 5 Productions, Sony Pictures Classics. Story by Alan Rudolph, John Binder, Screenplay by Alan Rudolph. Cinematography by Jan Kiesser. Produced by Robert Altman. Music by Mark Isham, Roger Neill. Production Design by Linda Del Rosario, Richard Paris. Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme. Film Editing by John Helde, Michael Ruscio.
Dull, uneventful murder mystery directed by Alan Rudolph. Emily Watson is so cute it hurts as the titular heroine, a tongue-twisted innocent who wants to graduate from store detective (or ‘defective’ as she keeps saying) to full-fledged P.I. She sees her chance to prove herself when a mysterious murder connected with a local political intrigue arises in the little haven of a town she’s been assigned a job in. Watson’s work, as well as that by the well-rounded cast that features Brittany Murphy, Nick Nolte, Dermot Mulroney and the lovely Lesley Ann Warren, is completely undermined by the dull-as-dishwater pacing and flat and ugly cinematography, something odd for a Rudolph film.