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Alan Rudolph directed and co-wrote this eccentric comedy about a woman who bumbles her way into fighting crime. Trixie Zurbo (Emily Watson) is a well-meaning but scatter-brained casino security guard, who dreams of a career as a private detective. Her ambition accidentally becomes reality when she's thrown into the middle of a series of events involving double-dealing state senator Avery (Nick Nolte), crooked real estate developer Red Rafferty (Will Patton), and his sleazy girlfriend Dawn Slotnick (Lesley Ann Warren). Along the way, Trixie finds romance with the suave Dex Lang (Dermot… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite a star cast (Nick Nolte, Emily Watson), Rudolph's comedy-mystery is a minor, trivial film that tries to be whimsical but lacks humor or fresh angle on the Hollywood's cherished genres of noir and screwball."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Like a week-old batch of bivalves: It stinks."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Emily Watson is a lovable idiot."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"The details of the surrounding mystery are hackneyed and uninvolving."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film was mildly enjoyable, but could have been much better if Rudolph tried to put a coherent story together instead of just going for so much cheap comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The movie is as overlong and undermotivated as it is absentmindedly incoherent."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Worthwhile only for Emily Watson's strange but amiable performance."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A glum misfire that finds neither charm nor suspense."
‑ Dave Kehr, Citysearch
"Unfortunately, the weak spots overwhelm the comedy and the mystery isn't really that interesting."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"A wildly uneven mystery that veers between one-note comedy, dark drama, and political commentary before sputtering to an end."
‑ Tor Thorsen,
"The script is ridiculous and the direction inept."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman,
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Everything about Trixie -- comic timing, plot structure, basic premise -- is so off that not all the talent in the world can set it on the right track."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"A rare Alan Rudolph misfire."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"Trixie might have worked better had it stayed with comedy, but once it lurches into melodrama, to quote Trixie, it 'can't go back to square zero.'"
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
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