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Where's Marlowe?

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Mos Def, Miguel Ferrer, ...

Where's Marlowe?

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Miguel Ferrer
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C-

Beware a mock documentary so reflexive that the obnoxious hand-to-mouth filmmakers start to occupy center stage. In the case of Where’s Marlowe?, the subject that gets shoved aside is a Los Angeles private eye named Joe Boone, played by the pug-faced, charismatically terse Miguel Ferrer.

Boone knows that he’s an irrelevant small-time scrounger, but he insists on wearing swanky suits and clinging to the ancient one-man-must-walk-these-streets codes of his profession. Ferrer, who hasn’t had a good role since the yuppie-scum villain of ”RoboCop,” tosses off amusing tough-lug patter. But the film, which is actually an expanded version of a failed TV pilot, lures him into a case that leads nowhere of any consequence, ultimately devolving into a vacant yet convoluted movie-within-a-movie stunt.

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