Troy Patterson
January 12, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Trixie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
117 minutes
performer
Nick Nolte, Emily Watson, Nathan Lane
director
Alan Rudolph
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Alan Rudolph
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

Alan Rudolph’s screwball noir stars Watson as a rent-a-cop who, having stumbled upon a murder, undertakes some amateur sleuthing and transforms herself into a goofy gumshoe. For reasons not made clear, the filmmaker’s forced his brilliant ensemble cast (which includes Lesley Ann Warren and Nick Nolte) to utter streams of silly/profound dialogue comprised of malapropisms and punny manglings (”She’d be a parasite for sore eyes.”). Trixie seems intended as Rudolph’s answer to The Long Goodbye, but it just feels loooong. C-

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