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Murder at the Cannes Film Festival
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by Greg Muskewitz

"A gently passable TV movie."
3 stars

Every once and awhile a M4TVM (made for TV movie) comes along with a strong enough allure and novelty experience that makes the thing worth sitting through.

Such is the case with Murder at the Cannes Film Festival, which, although it doesn't have a necessarily alluring title, had it not been for the inclusion of the Cannes Film Festival, I probably would not have bothered to watch it. The end result, while not exactly worthwhile, was amusing enough to pass the time. The whodunnit concerns the gathering of the cast and crew of Hemingway Loved Me at the French festival, and the subsequent murders of those important people associated with the movie. The selected protagonist is French Stewart, the squinty-eyed, squeaky-voiced goof from TV's "3rd Rock from the Sun," here without the squinty eyes or squeaky voice. Stewart is an actor whose scene was cut and who has links to each of the victims. A former TV star of "LA MO," a series that was cancelled in commercial break upon debut in the US, was a huge success in France, so it goes without saying that he has his share of recognition. The mystery isn't that great or sneaky, but it rises above any expectations that I could have set for it. At one point it seemed as if it were prematurely laying all its cards on the table, but lucky for us, and for itself, it's just a ploy. Murder at the Cannes Film Festival manages to, for the most part, stay at a constant average of mild enjoyment, and the spoof on Bob and Harvey Weinstein is a chuckle in itself.

Final Verdict: B-.

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