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The Woman Chaser Review


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Early incarnation of Patrick Warburton as movie star, The Woman Chaser's title evokes a beach party flick but is actually a noir/parody by way of David Lynch. Which is not quite as enthralling as it sounds. Warburton (ex of Seinfeld) doesn't chase women so much as sell cars to rubes then try his hand in the movie biz. His script idea: well, it's something about a vengeance after a kid gets run over. Shot on color film and transferred to black and white -- that's about how authentic a noir The Woman Chaser ends up. Not bad, but it's about as successful at evoking Sam Spade as The Man Who Wasn't There. The film's sound, by the way, is atrocious.

The Woman Chaser Review


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Film noir is a genre filmmakers delight to dabble in, and dabbling is what writer-director Robinson Devor does in "The Woman Chaser," a clever on the outside, empty on the inside noir spoof/homage.

Set in the early 1960s, it's a sarcastic movie industry farce about a used car salesman with an uncaged Id who becomes convinced -- based on nothing but his own hubris -- that he can write and direct a momentous, innovative feature film.

Perfectly cast as this cavalier, barrel-chested wannabe artiste is Patrick Warburton (Puddy on "Seinfeld," Johnny Johnson on "NewsRadio"), whose trademark squint and deadpan line delivery brings this mock visionary to ironic life. At his car dealership in the shadow of the Capitol Records building he sells tail-finned jalopies to unsuspecting schmucks with the smoothest of smooth talk.

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