Thursday, July 3, 2014

Movie Review: No Clue

No Clue
directed by Carl Bessai
written by Brent Butt
starring Brent Butt, Amy Smart, David Koechner, and more.

"No Clue" is a funny detective film. It has a very classic premise, too. A young woman named Kyra (Amy Smart) enters the office of a private detective. She's sobbing. She's desperate to find out what's happened to her missing brother. Leo Falloon (Brent Butt) agrees to help the woman out and he's off to solve the mystery from there. The twist in the story comes from the fact that Leo is not a real detective!

Leo works selling novelty (or as he likes to call it, "specialty") nick knacks: keychains, mugs, pens, etc. He works in the building across the hall from a real private detective which is where the confusion occurs. The real detective is out of the office for a couple of weeks which is one of the reasons Leo decides to help the young woman out. Another reason is because he simply thinks this woman is smoking hot and he'd love to get close to her.

Leo is a great character. He's awkward and clueless but also very funny. The writing and jokes are strong in this film. Leo is funny because he over-shares his personal information. The comedic timing is great to see the way he reacts to various situations and the way he borders on over-confidence and lack of confidence in himself. He's so in over his head in trying to solve the mystery. He's not very smooth when it comes to trying to woo over Kyra, either.

I liked this movie a lot. Leo Falloon was definitely my favorite character in it but I thought all of the actors in this movie did a fantastic job. There were also a lot of other interesting plot twists in the movie that I did not see coming which I won't spoil for you here. Leo is just this average kind of guy and for being so clueless, he's endearing and he actually does a pretty good job at the end of the movie in finding out what happened to the missing brother. I mean, he does need Kyra's help. A lot. And he gets help from his friend Ernie (David Koechner) but he's pretty good for a guy who isn't a real detective.

Definitely check out this movie for yourself. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

-O. Pelaez

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