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True Crime

Year: 1996
Production Co: Trimark Pictures
Director: Pat Verducci
Writer: Pat Verducci
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Dillon, Bill Nunn

I'm not sure how this ended up on my 'to see' list, maybe because back when she was big, Alicia Silverstone was kind of a hottie. What a shame the same can't be said for the movie. She plays dress-ups, trying to look like a tomboy and somehow even hotter for it in her girls high school uniform, as a nerdy kid who's always played detective, keeping detailed files on murders and constantly harassing the local police with clues she thinks she's found.

When she uncovers what she thinks is a new suspect in the case of a local girl who was killed not long before, she teams up with a rookie cop (Dillon, having plummeted a looooong way down the Hollywood ladder since his work in Platoon) to get to the bottom of the case, falling for him in her girly way in the process.

The movie makes one big mistake by not knowing where it's pitched. It looks, acts and talks like a kids' movie, what with the implausible plot of a police officer not just having the time and interest to run around solving a crime with a teenage girl, but considering them partners.

However with a liberal dosage of profanity, a teenage girl masturbating and a slightly scary backseat sex scene, it's certainly not for kids, more like Zalman King's take on Nancy Drew.

The production is slick enough, the story's just too full of holes to satisfy. While it isn't a really big surprise however, it does a fair job of keeping the killer's identity hidden until the big twist reveals it.

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