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USA 2013
produced by
Les Mahoney, Sherman Hirsh (executive) for Vagabond Entertainment
directed by Justin Baird
starring Les Mahoney, Debra Mayer, Devai Pearce, Atoy Wilson, Dale Shane, Erica Ocampo, Scott Ganyo, Sunil Sadarangani, S.W. Thomas, William Tell Mitchell, Guillermo Jorge, Hannah Pierce, Tony Gracia, Kenyon Glover, David Alan Graf, Tracy Kisler, Vince Marazita, Jaimyon Parker
story by Les Mahoney, screenplay by Sherman Hirsh, Les Mahoney, music by Edward Tex Miller

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Mike Case (Les Mahoney) is a down-and-out private detective with a bit of a drinking problem who works and sleeps in his car, and who really seems to have reached the end of his line - when Victoria Billows (Devai Pearce) shows up and offers him a handsome sum of money if he finds her husband Lennie (Scott Ganyo). Now the cynic that life has made him to be, Mike doesn't accept immediately, thinking the case beneath him ... but he could really use the woman's money, so after a bit of haggling, he agrees and knocks on a few doors - but it seems either nobody has seen Lennie, or everybody's hidind something. Mike suspects the latter, but when both a thug he knows (Dale Shane) beats him up to lay off Lennie, and the policewoman he sleeps with (Debra Mayer) to get his hands on some classified information, threatens him with jail if he doesn't quit "her" case, he actually figures he'd bail ... but Victoria just won't let him, and he could really use the money right now. And then a few thugs beat up Bootsie (Atoy Wilson), Mike's best friend and informer, and now the case has become personal ...


Mike Case in: The Big Kiss Off is basically a loving but also tongue-in-cheek hommage to old school film noir of the hardboiled detective variety, with more than a few nods to the classic The Big Sleep. That's not to say the film can't stand on its own feet, because it can, and it tells a very entertaining story - now sure, the story doesn't always make perfect sense (at least upon first viewing), but in all honesty, neither does The Big Sleep - which is where this comes full circle, you will probably like Mike Case in: The Big Kiss Off more if you understand the references, but it's well enough paced, acted and directed that it works as a slightly tongue-in-cheek thriller or crime comedy for everyone.


This movie can also be seen (for free) here: (link 100% legit as provided by the filmmaker)


Also do watch out for the review of Les Mahoney's At Granny's House on (re)Search my Trash - coming soon!


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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