(out of 5)
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.
Pandora Cinema, Sandcastle 5 Productions, Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Story by Alan Rudolph, John Binder, Screenplay by Alan Rudolph
Cinematography by Jan Kiesser
Produced by Robert Altman
Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme