'A Slight Case of Murder'
(William H. Macy, Adam Arkin, et al / DVD / NR / (1999) 2006 / Turner Home Ent.)
Overview: A film critic (William H. Macy) accidentally kills his lover during a spat in which she falls and hits her head. In panic, he immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment. A private investigator (James Cromwell) had been tailing the woman for her ex-husband. Realizing what happened, the investigator launches a blackmail scheme. The critic turns the tables after the investigator turns in his report. Meanwhile the police now enter the case!
DVD Verdict: I found this movie to be cute and funny in some places, and strangely repellent in others. The overall premise was good, and there were lots of great scenes like the bank robbery, and appealing characters like the detective with a screenplay (Adam Arkin) and the protagonists sassy girlfriend Kit (Felicity Huffman) but as the story continued, the main character became less and less likable, and the so called villains more likable. Nor was this just some ploy to show that we're all human underneath or something, because the tone of the film was still flippant and disturbing. The screenplay was unbalanced. In its attempt to give us a flawed anti-hero like all good film noirs, it created a bit of a monster. But, while I could try and over-analyze the appropriateness of the genre and all that jazz, and I am just going to suffice it to say that it is an entertaining movie with humor right up the alley of those seeking humor slightly off the beaten path. This is a Widescreen Version Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)