Created by Alan Rudolph
Back in 1990, cult writer/director Alan Rudolph scored big with Love at Large, a quirky but charming meditation on love, the games people play, and old detective films. It featured Tom Berenger and Elizabeth Perkins as star-crossed rival private eyes who fumble and bumble into love. Not exactly a box office smasheroo, but it's always been one of my favourite little movies nobody's heard of.
Rudolph works similar turf in Trixie (2000), but from the mostly negative, or at least confused feedback I've heard, lightning apparently didn't strike twice. This time all those charming little offbeat touches evidently just annoyed the hell out of people. Waifish, cute-as-a-button Emily (Angela's Ashes) Watson plays TRIXIE ZURBO here, a ditzy, gum-snapping, malapropism-spouting Chicago private eye working as a security guard at a casino. She's just dying to crack a big case. She gets her chance to prove she has the right stuff when she stumbles across a murder, and her chief suspect turns out to be a pompous, philandering state senator (played by Nick Nolte). Her investigation soon uncovers some rather nasty links between the senator and the mob.
Also along for the ride are Dermot Mulroney, Nathan Lane, Brittany Murphy, Lesley Ann Warren, Will Patton and Stephen Lang.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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