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Old 06-28-2011, 06:45 AM   #7027
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Plain Clothes on Netflix Instant. A youngish cop infiltrates a high school to prove his brother isn’t a murderer.

This is a really underrated movie guys. Not available on DVD, I hadn't seen it in years and happened upon it on Netflix Instant.

An excerpt from the Mutan Review: http://www.mutantreviewers.com/rplainclothes.html

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See, just as Fletch made me want to be an investigative reporter, Plain Clothes made me want to have a brother and to be a cop that could go undercover to prove his innocence. Naturally, Nick Dunbar (Arliss Howard in his greatest role with hair!) is on suspension from the force when he poses as a high school student to investigate the murder of a teacher that his brother is in jail for, otherwise it wouldn’t be an 80's lone wolf comedy. Really, the plot is pretty simple, although it’s also very complex. That is, the set-up is simple, but the execution is quite unique and the structure of the mystery is refreshingly intricate. Even better, the progress Nick makes from weird transfer pre-goth student (that’s how some of them dressed back then, children of the 90's!) to popular laidback kid with cool hat is believable.

I don’t want to give too much away, because every time I watch Plain Clothes I enjoy how different it is from other movies of its kind. I like that Nick hated high school the first time around but doesn’t keep reminding the audience of it. The entire film is like that: it assumes that you’ve been paying attention all along so it’s not going to pound any info into you to the point of boredom. I like that Suzy Amis is believably hot as a young teacher (hmm, young cop, young teacher, what will happen?), I like that George Wendt is equally funny and sweaty as a would-be psychologist who gets stuck as the shop teacher, I like that Diane Ladd plays with the old emotions and it’s hard to tell just which side she’s on. And Seymour Cassel is good in anything (see: Rushmore); as Nick’s elder partner and “dad” he’s perfect as the somewhat straight man. Throw Robert Stack, Harry Shearer, and Abe Vigoda into the mix and you literally can not go wrong. Good times!
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