Capsule Review: "The Woman Chaser"

by Eric Melin on June 14, 2000

in Print Reviews

If you read my likes and dislikes, you already know that I love film noir. I also must tell you that I read the Charles Willeford novel that “The Woman Chaser” was based on many years ago and loved it. So, in my eyes, can this movie go wrong? Of course not. But I think it’s better than that, even. Patrick Warburton (Puddy from “Seinfeld”) is the perfect man to deliver the deadpan Bogart-style lines in this darkly funny satire. And the movie can get a bit weirder now in the post-production code era than the classic film noirs of the 40s and 50s could get away with.

The black-and-white cinematography is hard-edged and full of shadows like a good pulp flick, and the filmmakers make a very convincing period piece for such a low budget. The story has the classic loser trapped in a bad situation set-up, but goes off in so many weird directions, it will have you laughing out loud, if uneasily. I don’t think it is getting a wide release, so if it comes to your town, go.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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