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In a case of mistaken identity, a salesman is hired as a private detective by a woman to find her missing brother, and complications ensue.


“No Clue” is a rather charming script from writer/actor Brent Butt. That being said, I can’t say that it kept me entertained the whole way through the feature. Amy Smart is firing on all cylinders and Brent Butt carries the first half of the movie. However, this feels more like an extended sitcom episode than a feature. After all, who really cares that a schlub gets mistaken for a private detective? There’s so much suspension of disbelief to make the narrative work. I know that it’s Canada and everyone is polite, but it borders on ridiculous at times. However, I do like to see Amy Smart and David Koechner working in smaller roles.

So, this is Canadian comedy when Scott Thompson isn’t involved? I have friends that tell me to watch Red Grange and Johnny Narwahl, but I can’t say that I’m interested. Maybe I prefer my material blue and a little more bawdry. But, I’ll take what I can get. Just as long as it’s more than charming and actually has some meat to the material. Why should I care that Brent Butt is just trying to find the right girl? I almost expect him to throw on a Fedora and start calling Amy Smart “my lady”. I watch a ton of films like this and I’m never quite sure how to pin them down.

The DVD comes with a commentary and a featurette as the special features. The A/V Quality is what you’d expect for a standard definition comedy. I just wish the Dolby track was far more expansive. The transfer is something that didn’t bother me. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.

RELEASE DATE: 06/17/2014

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