Stuhr’s Polish private dick, named Charlie Paczynski, is the kind of extreme talking return who smokes relentlessly, utilizes payphones and makes such declarations as “arrangements are for butt holes.” When a shady character thinks about him to Philip Marlowe, he says, “I generally favored Mike Hammer.”
Consistent with structure, the screenplay, co-composed by Ricker and Stuhr, is scarcely intelligent in its elucidation of the convoluted plotline. In any case, it provides a decent amount of hard-bubbled, much of the time entertaining discourse and a plenty of bright characters, including Matthew Broderick and Camilla Belle as kin with a mystery, Forster as a shady vitality big shot, Janeane Garofalo as a government specialist (or is she?) and Grant Shaud (Murphy Brown) as a cuckolded customer. Additionally showing up are such veteran character performing artists as Harris Yulin and Joe Grifasi, exhibiting that the movie producer has a noteworthy Rolodex.