Miss Nobody (2010)

Miss Nobody makes the case for needless romance and tired clichés.

Miss Nobody (2011) is a crime comedy caught somewhere between almost funny and not quite criminally average.  There’s plenty of style about it, colorful overtones and expressive details fluttering about, though needlessly of the syrupy variety; a kind of broad stroke comic book wash commonplace with unpracticed directors with soft hands.  What looks polished slick is only magazine cover funny the way clicking channels makes B movies and A movies all look exceptionally the same.  The fact this film makes no effort to hide its similarities in the comfort of blatant clichés feels short-sighted if not intentionally convenient.  It will most likely appeal best to those interested in caricature over character and those looking for a laugh at the expense of clever.

The thing to notice about this film is perhaps the same thing that makes it one to miss – style over substance.  This is pretty and packaged as a driving force behind an otherwise run of the mill story that would fail without the heavy-handed schmaltz propping it up.  We see it all the time actually, from much bigger movies no less.  “Date Night” comes to mind, the gimmick’s in the title for criminy sake and as soon as the gimmick rubs off so does the story.  Remember it’s the married couple going out on a date away from the drudgery of their lives and the reality of their hopeless boredom only to cross paths with big time inept criminals and the ensuring night of frivolous chase scenes and terrible writing.  This is about the time you remember that you’ve seen the best parts of Miss Nobody in more commercially successful films.  It doesn’t mean success or better quality only slightly different results.

Miss Nobody is part OK charm, part comedy of errors where the filmmakers seem most effective at tapping into our obsession with social deprecation than anything.  Other reviews of this film mentioned movies like “Heathers” in their reviews and I kept thinking about “Dexter” – though the similarities begin and end with people getting killed in unexpected ways.  This is mostly seeing the underdog finally getting her comeuppance even if it means by way of blood work and dastardly deeds.  It’s hard to peg a film like this, not really entertaining as such and definitely no lesson to learn – except maybe it doesn’t take a lot of brains to be a criminal.  Inevitably Miss Nobody fails at the most basic of story telling prerequisites – story plus character equals plot to pay off.

There’s nothing wrong with aiming low and churning out a Tuesday night movie but getting there is definitely half the battle and when the script doesn’t help it’s a long way to the finish line.  Filmmakers are wise to learn it’s getting harder to sneak flat movies that look good past movie-goers looking for payback of the price of admission.  Movie-goers are just as rewarded when we stop telling ourselves average is good enough and justify sitting through mediocre when you could be doing just about anything else should be motivation enough to demand more from the Hollywood machine.  Pretty soon it’s clear there’s just only so much you can do with murder and murderers, however absurd or ridiculous you pretend otherwise.  If you miss this one or it’s too late because it’s already in the mail on the way to your house, consider this – it’s never too late to send it back.

About rorydean

Rory Dean is a multi-medium artist, writer and new media strategist with a background as a creative consultant and technology liaison in the San Francisco Bay Area. His broad experiences and specialties include print-to-web publicity, promotions and design marketing using traditional and social media networks. As a motion pictures and television professional, his short films, productions and commercials have screened to domestic and international audiences. His connections to a diverse client base include artists, entertainers, corporations, non-profits and everyday people.. Dean is co-owner and founder of Dissave Pictures, a boutique production company focusing on audio, video, photography and multi-media designs. Dean's personal and professional background includes dreaming and avid notebook journaling, creative and copy writing, promotions and marketing, audio/video production, photography, videography, editing, web design and new media. He’s also a fan of collaboration and knows when to turn the reigns over, offer feedback, lead the team and step aside. His portfolio includes print, online, film, video, photography, graphic design and promotions. He’ll show you. He has a book and everything. "When not juggling various online worlds, I do a pretty good mime – but that’s another story."
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3 Responses to Miss Nobody (2010)

  1. Rodney says:

    I like how you were thinking more of Dexter than anything else while watching this. Nice review, my man, on a film I’ve not heard of and have no intention of even watching.

    • Don says:

      There could be a bigger picture behind this movie just saying
      Broaden the mind

      • rorydean says:

        Hey Don, I thought I already responded to your comment here but alas I’m not seeing it so I figured I’d just follow up. As far as a ‘bigger picture’ is concerned, sure, I see your point but the glaring challenge here for me is what you’re suggesting, if I may, is that since the subject matter is greater than the sum of the artistic endeavor I should grant the artists/filmmakers a pass for coming up short. That is given the significance of this ‘bigger picture’ you write about. And as far as ‘broadening the mind’, certainly sound advice but when it comes to a movie review about a mediocre production floating in the ether between forgettable and barely passable – well sir, no amount of broadening of the mind or otherwise is going to save this wreckage from the crapper. I can only hope as I suggest you do, that it is passes safely through your septic system and doesn’t get lodged there for any prolonged and uncomfortable sensory reminiscences. All that to say I’ve gone on far too long regarding a film review that I stand on today as much as I did when I published it. Thanks for the thoughts, always welcomed and always appreciated. cheers->

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