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Overall Rating
3.21

Awesome36.84%
Worth A Look: 10.53%
Just Average: 5.26%
Pretty Crappy: 31.58%
Sucks: 15.79%

1 review, 13 user ratings



Detective Fiction
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by EricDSnider

"Unlike the film, which never stops talking, I have nothing to say about it."
2 stars

(SCREENED AT THE 2003 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL) - Everyone talks a lot in “Detective Fiction,” but darned if they say anything.

Patrick Coyle is, in this case, a quadruple threat: He wrote, directed, produced and stars in this film, a low-key drama that is so underplayed, it forgets to have a point.

Coyle plays Jack, an introspective man whose marriage is on the fritz. His wife, Jennifer (Mo Collins), recently went through a mid-life crisis, quit her job, and went back to school. Jack, meanwhile, is writing a detective novel as an outlet for his thoughts. Anything’s better than communicating with his wife, apparently, who I should mention is having an affair.

There are individual scenes, especially at the beginning, that demonstrate a knack for creativity. One is a flashback to Jack’s childhood, when he first tasted beer; the other is a fantasy sequence involving a marriage counselor. Everything else is flat and stilted. These are some of the most boring characters ever put on film; in that sense, Jack and Jennifer deserve to stay together.

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originally posted: 01/28/03 16:49:21
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Sundance Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

9/13/06 Laura Hoffman-Gray It was intelligent and introspective. 5 stars
9/18/05 ALDO Dude, you're an idiot, D. Suckley. 5 stars
8/25/05 D Buckley This movie was so, so, so, so bad. Worse than a student film. 1 stars
1/24/05 Guy Anderson 70% engaging, 30% boring 3 stars
9/22/04 G. Williams A movie tor all couples 5 stars
12/28/03 Pat Coyle Exxcellent 5 stars
11/18/03 Vik Thomosuolo Decent. Nothing to cream your jeans over 4 stars
4/17/03 pam fully developed characters - made me laugh and cry 4 stars
4/15/03 Pee Boy I've seen it twice already! 5 stars
3/23/03 sundance wake me up when it's over 1 stars
3/19/03 Amy McGrath BEST FILM!! Mo was amazing! 5 stars
3/02/03 kirmit blah, blah, blah and then...blaaaaah 1 stars
2/03/03 Jerry Fasnamis Best film I've ever seen! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  Mo Collins



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