Love Walked In

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Thriller

Shady hijinks in a rundown Florida town suggest that those venerable noir conventions are looking shopworn. Pianist and would-be songwriter Jack (Denis Leary) and torch singer Vicky (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) are a duo onstage and off, but Jack's alcoholism and too many low-paying gigs in second-rate clubs have taken a toll on their relationship. Now they're...read more

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Shady hijinks in a rundown Florida town suggest that those venerable noir conventions are looking shopworn. Pianist and would-be songwriter Jack (Denis Leary) and torch singer Vicky (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) are a duo

onstage and off, but Jack's alcoholism and too many low-paying gigs in second-rate clubs have taken a toll on their relationship. Now they're about to get booted out of the seedy Blue Cat Lounge, because Jack's embittered between-song patter is just a bit dark for dinner, and the boss has

had it with his attitude. Enter Fred Moore (Terence Stamp), a silver-haired millionaire who appreciates the standards and takes a shine to the couple, especially Vicky. Also enter private eye Eddie (Michael Badalucco), an old friend of Jack's who's working for Fred's jealous wife. He figures a

couple of compromising shots of Fred and Vicky together could enrich all their bank accounts. For those confused by the story's psychological twists and turns, the filmmakers thoughtfully dramatize scenes from Jack's novel in progress, the tale of a poor schmo (Neal Huff) and the evil alterego

(Danny Nucci) who ruins everything for him. But rather than mirroring the movie's larger tale of greed and betrayal, these interludes actively undermine it: Not only are they painfully obvious, but Nucci's greasy psycho shtick is so hammy it's almost unwatchable. Jack's monologues at the Blue Cat

also trigger a series of flashbacks -- or perhaps they're dramatizations; it's hard to tell -- and when you put all those flashbacks/dramatizations/what-have-yous together they add up to an awful lot of padding for a short movie with a pretty straightforward plot. Stamp's gracious performance is a

pleasure to watch, and the club scenes have a certain rundown glamour, but in the end it all feels too familiar to be exciting.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Shady hijinks in a rundown Florida town suggest that those venerable noir conventions are looking shopworn. Pianist and would-be songwriter Jack (Denis Leary) and torch singer Vicky (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) are a duo onstage and off, but Jack's alcoholism a… (more)

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