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Almost intentionally unexciting and unabsorbing, a big Ed Burns disappointment...,
This review is from: Looking for Kitty (DVD)
Underwritten to the point that the whole movie feels like its about to disappear on you, this latest Ed Burns outing offers up more of the same Ed Burns. In other words, it features yet another story about working-class New York Irish guys and their beery romantic problems, and their somewhat strained efforts to bond with each other.
With no real drama, and no real resolution to this paper-thin story, and also a little self-indulgent, Looking For Kitty apparently sat on the shelf before two years before it was ever released in theatres - and it's easy to see why. This tale about a former police officer having trouble securing regular private detective work or paying his rent since the death of his wife, is just boring.
Detective Jack (Ed Burns) lands one last case from his exasperated boss. His assignment is to accompany Abe (David Krumholtz), a high school baseball coach from upstate looking for his wife Kitty, who ran off leaving no explanation and has shacked up with an aging rock star. As they comb New York City for the missing woman, the two men exert a gentle influence on each other.
Abe is a bit of a smuck, he refuses to eat anything continental and comes across as a bit petulant and gruff. Jack tries to educate Abe, taking him on a tour of his beloved city, and talking to him about all the old architecture. As Jack gets to know Abe, and discovers him to be a generous-natured guy who truly loves his job and his unexciting life, he plants the idea that Kitty may not be the ideal woman for him after all.
I'm usually a big fan of Ed Burns, but here he just seems intent to do his same old character - a cocky, glib New Yawker who is obessed with the fact that he only likes to dine outside. Although Jack is obviously mourning the death of his wife, he invites no real emotional connection, and Krumholtz as Abe, strangely sporting an old-world moustache - ends up coming across as tedious and dull.
There's some much needed laughs - and even life - supplied by Rachel Dratch as a boozy funseeker hiding her sadness, but most of the movie is a low-budget regurgitation of Burns' well-trodden themes of romantic loss, masculine bonding, and maturation, centered around a plot that is flimsy at best, a visual storytelling that is simpleminded and cheap, and characters that are totally Johnny one-notes. Even at 90 minutes, I really had to struggle to get through this film. Advice? After the first forty minutes - fast-forward it to the end. Mike Leonard October 06.