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The Alibi [DVD] (2006)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Alibi feels like a premise in search of a plot: Steve Coogan's an ex-con man who's spotted a gap in the market and now provides alibis for cheating husbands and wives only to find himself in the frame for murder when one of his clients accidentally kills a woman. With a similar plot engine to Coogan's earlier The Parole Officer - man suspected of a crime he didn't commit has to use his clients to save him - it's the kind of US film Peter Sellers might have made during the early 70s lull in his career and which you'd expect to see on an airplane. But while it highlights Coogan's weaknesses as a conventional leading man and is very short on laughs without having a smart enough payoff to compensate, it's brisk and harmless enough. But James Brolin really should lay off the Peter Falk impersonations in future.

Entertainment's DVD has a decent 2.35:1 widescreen transfer but no extras other than a few trailers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In `The Alibi' Steve Coogan plays a `reformed' con man who now runs a `legitimate' business providing alibis for people when they're cheating on their partners. However, he comes unstuck when an assignment goes wrong and he's forced to cover up for a murder.

Therefore he's forced into many dangerous liaisons with gangsters, street hoods and cops if he's to get out of this (a) alive and (b) stay out of jail.

The film has all the makings of a cheeky guy Ritchie Lock Stock affair, but doesn't quite pull it off - not to say it doesn't have a go.

I love Steve Coogan just as much as the next Partridge fan, however, in The Alibi, Coogan has to play a suave, quick-thinking tough guy - a far cry from a DJ from Norwich. This is where it stumbles a bit. The Alibi isn't funny enough to be a comedy, dramatic enough to be a drama or action-packed enough to be an action flick. It sort of borrows from all genres and hopes the end result will be okay.

And it is... okay. It's not the greatest film of its kind, but it's definitely not the worst. All the pieces fit together at the end and if you can see Steve Coogan out of a knitted jumper and slugging it out with street punks in a dingy back-street American bar, then you're half way to finding some enjoyment in it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2007
What a great idea! Ray (Steve Coogan) plays quite a laidback boss of a firm that gives an Alibi to cheating spouses so that they don't get caught. It all seems to run very smoothly, until a tragic accident changes events and Ray finds himself up to his neck in trouble. The last 20 minutes of the film are absolutely enthralling as you try to figure out exactly who will come up trumps by the end of the film.

It is a bit slow to get going but stick with it and you will be rewarded at the end.

Steve Coogan is a little wooden at times and does seem to struggle with this slightly more serious role than what we are used to. However in contrast the storyline and then rest of the cast make this a very watchable film.
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on 28 June 2014
Great product, really quick delivery. Thank you
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on 20 July 2014
Loved the film. Funny and intriguing.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 1 January 2009
I consider Steve Coogan a genius. As Alan Partridge (and other less successful characters) he gets the most minute character traits down to a fine art. Sadly, this move to Hollywood (or whatever it's called) is not working so well.
This film is so unfunny, so slow, so laboured, so poorly scripted, I almost feel embarrassed for the people involved in making this.
Meaningless plot involves Coogan walking around a lot with a 10ft tall blond discussing alibis. Utter trash.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
Steve Coogan becomes James Bond (Roger Moore style) . Lots of unexpected famous faces in the cast and as usual as with many of Steve's films it is a classic " caper ". Its a reasonable watch
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2013
Quite an original plot and well executed.
Good pace and something for everyone. Humour, sex, action, dialogue and twists.
Better than advertised.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2007
I didn't know what to expect when I started watching this movie. Steve Coogan is a bit of an unknown to me.
However, it's a great bit of entertainment, especially the last 25 minutes, and the ending will really keep you guessing.
I agree with the other reviewer, "Wrinkly" when it comes to trying to understand the actors in many modern films, particularly those from across the pond. All you seem to get is a lot of mumbling, interspaced with ghetto-speak! I would have thought that the ability to converse understandably in Standard English should be the pre-requisite of all actors.
But, I would hasten to add, the diction in "The Alibi" is very clear and precise.
Well worth a watch. Buy and enjoy
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2007
I'm so glad that I didn't buy this after all (I rented it from Amazon). Yes, it looked like a great idea for a plot. But I lasted no more than ten minutes into the film. Why? Because, like many actors these days especially, dare I say it, from across the pond, I can't actually hear what they are saying - in this case with the honorable exception of Steve Coogan. I believe my hearing is normal, it's just that these guys have never been taught to project. I've never learnt to lipread - not that it would be much good with these mumblers. This is supposed to be entertainment, after all, so we shouldn't have 90mins of trying to decode unintelligible conversation. And when, as in this case, there's the usual background music humming away as well, frankly I just don't want to know, thank-you very much.
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