Weekly Alibi

DIRECTED BY: Andy Wachowski

REVIEWED: 12-11-96

Gina Gershon (a butchy ex-con turned handywoman) and Jennifer Tilly (a high-class gangster's moll) engage in some amusingly sweaty dialogue, become lovers and decide to rip off Jennifer's mobster boyfriend for a cool couple million. The Wachowski brothers are treading dangerously close to Coen brothers territory, but this new age lesbian film noir flick has a few original twists and turns up its celluloid sleeves. The leads are pitch perfect, and the clever script rapidly turns into a claustrophobic nailbiting thriller. Admittedly, the film's central conceit is a good one: In a film noir with two female leads, how can you tell who the femme fatale is?

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