A SLIGHT CASE OF MURDER (1999)

Starring: William H. Macy, James Cromwell, Adam Arkin, Felicity Huffman, Julia Campbell, James Pickens, Jr. and Paul Mazursky.

Director: Steven Schachter

Screenplay by: William H. Macy

Produced by TNT (for cable)

Based upon the book, ENOUGH, by Donald E. Westlake.

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Terry Thorpe (William H. Macy) is a snide movie critic for a television station. He seems an ordinary sort. All things considered, a pleasant man, with one small problem. He has one too many girlfriends.

His problem quickly escalates when, according to him, his least interesting girlfriend slips on a piece of ice, hits her head on a coffee table, and yes, you guessed it, dies.

We feel sorry for Thorpe. We know he should just call the police and explain things, but when he doesn't, we understand. We want him to sort things out. We would help him if we could.

Of course, things go from bad to worse and beyond.

The photography style has Macy talking to the camera quite frequently. I normally find this method of chatting with the audience annoying but Macy pulled it off quite well. All in all, this movie was fun to watch and one that I will look forward to viewing again.

For now, you will need to check your cable listings for repeat showings. I hope that TNT will follow in HBO's footsteps and issue their made-for-cable movies on video tape for purchase by the public -- or at least rental from the local video shop.


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