Friday, May 5, 2017

Now on Netflix: Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie (2017)

Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie (2017) - Directed by Jeff Garlin; Written by Andrea Seigel, Jeff Garlin; Starring Jeff Garlin, Natasha Lyonne, Christine Woods, Steven Weber, Kaley Cuoco, Leah Remini.

By Kenny Howell

I have always like Jeff Garlin.

Like most people, my introduction to him was Curb Your Enthusiasm. Since then, I have always liked his appearances in other TV shows and films, loved his appearances on talk shows, etc.

But as a filmmaker, I have never really connected with him the same way. His personality is there, but his films, like Dealin' With Idiots, seem to be a bit all over the place tonally, and that is definitely true of his latest, Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie.


Garlin plays Gene Handsome, a detective investigating a murder where a girl was chopped into pieces and arranged into the Star of David on the lawn of a famous actor, played by Steven Weber. The actor is the murderer, and I am not giving anything away, this is told to us by Weber in the first scene, an introduction to the film that gives away the surprise for some reason. I don't know if it is supposed to be ironic, since this is a comedy and the fact that it is a mystery. Whatever it is, it doesn't work.

The girl that was murdered was the babysitter for the child of Handsome's new next door neighbor Nora Vanderwheel, played by Christine Woods. Handsome gets to know her, and tries to get to the bottom of who the killer might be, which of course is the actor.

Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie doesn't have a distinct comedic style. Sometimes it is kind of spoofy, but other times not, many of the jokes don't land, mostly because of the tonal issues. It's a shame because there are a lot of talented people in it, sometimes that just isn't enough to make it work.

Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: *1/2

6 comments:

  1. Ok, so I'm not the only one who had no idea why they would start a mystery by telling you the ending. I thought if they did that then there must be some bizarre twist at the end that made it really interesting. But nope, they tell you at the beginning how it will end and that's it. This was a mildly entertaining use of an hour and twenty minutes.

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  2. Got to admit I thought this was a great movie. So many things are happening that you don't really expect and now and then it gives itself time to just "hang" without any ending. Some will find it irritating I'm sure, but I found it rather funny. To me it was in some ways very real life, the way Gene Handsome just kinda leave scene but also I think it shows how we people really are and what we think...., but are too affraid to admit to ourself.
    It is not a big movie, but at the ending I found myself wanting more. The cast was good and think the plot was good too, and if you don't want a movie cut very tight, this could be one to watch.

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  3. It needs tighter editing and Curb Your Enthusiasm music that's what it's trying be.

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  4. It needs tighter editing and Curb Your Enthusiasm music that's what it's trying be.

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  5. I have to say this was the worst movie I have ever seen. I wasted time of life that I can never regain. Seriously I don't know how some people like it even sligtly!

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  6. Well......seriously, it could be because humour is strange thing.

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