No Clue

NO CLUE (Carl Bessai). For venues and times,.

NO CLUE (Carl Bessai). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NN

I’m up for a Canadian movie that’s a mashup of murder mystery and comedy. Unfortunately, No Clue almost lives up to that title, featuring a convoluted story with little suspense and few laughs.

Writer/producer Brent Butt plays Leo Falloon, a novelty item salesman who pretends to be a detective to help out Kyra (Amy Smart), who’s looking to find out what happened to her game developer brother.

Soon Leo’s bumbling around in the world of high tech (competently shot by Carl Bessai), staking out Vancouver dives and pretending to be a caterer or UPS guy.

The mystery plot seems drawn from any number of TV dramas. More entertaining is watching the supporting cast – including David Cubitt as a hard-assed corporate head and Chelah Horsdal as Leo’s frustrated ex – play straight to Butt’s stone-faced joker.

And every scene with David Koechner as Leo’s slacker buddy delivers unexpected pleasures. Koechner’s high-wattage energy balances Butt’s monotone delivery, and I’d gladly watch them riff off each other for 90 minutes.

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