Watching the Detectives
is a 2007 comedy-mystery film starring Lucy Liu
and Cillian Murphy
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: The main character, Neil, is a Manic Pixie Dream Guy who aggravates everyone with his strange antics and quirks, but then Violet comes along and out–Manic-Pixies him by taking the reckless and unusual behaviour to quite troubling extremes.
- Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: Subverted - Neil is white and Violet is Asian, but their relationship has nothing to do with them being a biracial couple, and Neil hardly seems to be picky with the women he dates in terms of their race. Also, Violet is far from being fitting the stereotype of the submissive Asian woman.
- Modesty Bedsheet
- Nerds Are Sexy: Neil is a huge noir film fanboy.
- Playing Against Type: Cillian Murphy's largely known for being in heavier dramatic films, and his comedic movies tend to be more like black comedies. This is more of a straight up comedy.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: The guys at the rental store discuss how to keep a secret password secret if they had an underground casino. Later on, it turns out Violet works for an underground casino and when the owners find out he got in by saying the secret password, they have an argument similar to the earlier scene.