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Her Alibi
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by Scott Weinberg

"I've seen bales of cotton candy with more substance."
2 stars

To describe this one as lightweight would be a stunning understatement. Her Alibi is a trifling confection, a near-invisible farce, cinematic pocket lint. Thatís not to say that itís a terrible movie; cake icing certainly isnít a terrible food.

Youíll have to have a deep adoration for Tom Selleck or a strangely acute immunity to non-stop piffle, but thereís actually a little fun to be had here...kinda.

First off, the plot is a wandering mess. Selleckís charming (yet wretched) novelist spends time in court fishing for new plot ideas. When a stunningly gorgeous woman is accused of murder, the clueless idiot unwisely offers her an alibi. Since heís sure that such a beautiful woman could never be a killer, he is immediately smitten with her - but a truckload of plot contrivances kick in and before too long everyone onscreen is neck-deep in farcical misunderstandings.

Selleck clearly has the old-school charm of a movie star, though his proclivity for choosing stupid movie after stupid movie speaks for itself. The femme fatale here is model-turned-hopeful-actress Paulina Porizkova; what she lacks in acting skill she more than makes up for in (ahem) screen presence. Tess Harper and William Daniels do the best they can with their broad supporting roles, though the flick is limp beyond salvation once the first thirty minutes have expired.

Proof positive that photogenic stars and a director with a flair for the fluffy (Bruce Beresford) may lead to a movie that LOOKS attractive, but thereís so little going on in this movie itís a wonder it doesnít float away.

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User Comments

1/16/12 DPM I actually like this movie... I 3 stars
3/26/07 Arlene Lots of laughs without the vulgarity and violence that passes for entertainment these days. 3 stars
3/24/06 Sugarfoot Godawful! 1 stars
6/01/05 Indrid Cold Yeah, not that bad. Some genuinely funny scenes, but mostly strained and weak. 3 stars
2/09/05 doom3 I don't think this is as bad a movie as pople make it out be...I have seen worse. 3 stars
1/10/04 Ivan Well, I can't do anything but agree with Scott... 1 stars
11/24/03 R.W. Welch Needed a Jack Lemmon or Tom Hanks in the lead -- which Selleck isn't. 2 stars
3/07/03 Charles Tatum Can Selleck pick a decent picture? 1 stars
1/20/03 Jack Sommersby A godawful, painful so-called comedy from a first-rate director and star. The pits. 1 stars
1/16/03 y2mckay Tom Selleck a fucking hack, and Porizkova's got no rack! -signed, the mad-azz poet 1 stars
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  DVD: 03-Feb-2004



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