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2

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 15.38%
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Pretty Bad53.85%
Total Crap: 30.77%

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V.I. Warshawski
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Well, there goes that franchise."
2 stars

As inelegant as its title.

As Victoria Iphigenia Warshowski, the Chicago detective from Sara Paretsky's popular mystery series, Kathleen Turner wears gorgeous dresses that are forever getting messed up; didn't it occur to anyone on this film that a woman in V.I.'s line of work might opt for clothing less inhibitive of movement — sweats, perhaps? (The V.I. of the books isn't a fashion plate.)

In the script, a shoddy synthesis of some of the books, a snotty little girl (Angela Goethals) hires V.I. to find out who killed her father. Thus a potentially great movie heroine becomes maternal and protective, and Turner can't get her bearings in the role; the very qualities that make her a serviceable V.I. — gutsiness, brassiness — render her entirely unconvincing as a mom figure.

Turner does put a spin on the rote castration jokes, and she's fun when she's decking people. The film reaches climax during the opening credits, when director Jeff Kanew pans over Turner's drop-dead legs.

This was to be the first in a series of V.I. detective comedies, but it tanked — badly. Which is probably why you haven't seen any major motion pictures based on Sue Grafton or Patricia Cornwell.

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originally posted: 04/06/07 06:57:28
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User Comments

7/12/11 art Horrible!,that little girl was a HAM! 1 stars
6/11/09 PAUL SHORTT A DREADFULLY UNAMUSING AND SIMPLISTIC FILM THAT TRIES TO BE CLEVER AND FUNNY 1 stars
4/06/07 fools♫gold Oh boy, how underrated. Better than many I 4 stars
4/28/06 Sugarfoot Oh boy, what a stinker. 1 stars
3/15/05 Jeff Anderson Poor & shoddy production values & a rotten script destroy Turner's really good performance! 1 stars
4/29/03 Buko Kathleen performance is good and saves the movie 4 stars
2/27/03 taj Not as bad as they say, though still essentially worthless 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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