A conventional, imitative, unimaginative, unadventurous dark comedy concerning the multiple suspects in the suspicious death of the most despised woman in Verplanck, N.Y. Dark comedies are not what they used to be. They are much nearer the middle of the road. (Once again the cliché of the canine casualty: run over by a lawnmower, ha-ha.) Nick Gomez, the director, is not quite what he used to be, either: one of the army of Martin Scorsese wannabes. The only remnant of that is the relentless rock-and-roll songtrack. Danny DeVito, as the dwarfish town constable, doesn't push too hard -- in contrast to Bette Midler, Jamie Lee Curtis, Neve Campbell, Casey Affleck, William Fichter, Marcus Thomas, Peter Dobson, Tracey Walter, Will Ferrell, and whoever wrote the script -- and Kathleen Wilhoite has some delightful moments as the butch proprietress of Lucinda's Auto and Gas. (Precious moments. Precious few.) She would steal the movie if it were anything worth stealing. (2000) — Duncan Shepherd
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