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Lies & Alibis (2004)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C+



Co-directed films can often go wrong, but sometimes they work.The 2004 Matt Checkowski/Kurt Mattila film Lies & Alibis (aka The Alibi) is trying to be a comedy about infidelity and how entrepreneurial Ray Elliot (Steve Coogan) thinks he can make money by making it easier for couples (especially married ones) to cheat on each other.Of course, it is an idea that has its dangers and predictably, chaos ensues.


Though there is a film, even a comedy that potentially be done with this situation, this one goes for the obvious as the seemingly loose storylines all ball up (no pun intended) into a wacky climax that adds up to more of an idiot plot (none of this would happen if everyone knew what was going on) that anything half-convincing about relationships or mature adults.Noah Hawley, the writer behind the new TV show Bones, does writing here that is as awkward as that series.


Still, it was an interesting enough script to attract a cast that included Jerry OíConnell and Jon Polito in cameo roles, Rebecca Romijn, Deborah Kara Unger, Henry Rollins, James Brolin, Sam Elliott, Sharon Lawrence, James Marsden, John Leguizamo and Debi Mazar as a detective who surfaces when one of the storylines lead to murder.


I am not even certain if the ending works, but you can see it if you are interested, since it is not horrible and we have seen worse.However, donít hold your hopes up.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is soft and color-challenged, as shot by Enrique Chediak, with detail issues despite some good scenes and shots here and there.A 1.33 X 1 full screen version, which is awful, is also sadly concluded and might be interfering with the widescreen version by denying it space. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is not awful, with occurrent surrounds throughout.Music by Alexandre Desplat (The Luzhin Defense, Syriana, Firewall, The Queen) is not bad, but it gets as silly as the film eventually does as the music can only be as good as the narrative.I was reminded of Get Shorty at times.As for extras, you only get previews for other Sony DVDs.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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