Handsome (film)

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Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
Handsome A Netflix Mystery Movie poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byJeff Garlin
Produced byBrad Morris
Andrew Secunda
Written byJeff Garlin
Andrea Seigel
StarringJeff Garlin
Natasha Lyonne
Amy Sedaris
Leah Remini
Christine Woods
Steven Weber
Music byBen Folds
CinematographyJason Blount
Edited byJon Corn
Production
company
JZM Films
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Jeff Garlin and written by Garlin and Andrea Seigel. The film stars Garlin, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Sedaris, Leah Remini, Christine Woods and Steven Weber. It was released on Netflix on May 5, 2017.

Plot[edit]

Los Angeles police detective Gene Handsome visits the house of a new neighbor and meets her babysitter, Heather Dromgoole. The next day, Handsome and his partner, Fleur Scozzari, find that Dromgoole has been murdered and dismembered outside the home of actor Talbert Bacorn. Bacorn claims that at the time of the murder, he was inside taking care of his neighbor's dog and watching a TV rebroadcast of one of his early films.

Handsome's neighbor, Nora, says Dromgoole was a good babysitter despite stealing several items from her. Handsome babysits Nora's daughter so Nora can go to work. When she returns, Nora tells Handsome Dromgoole had a roommate, Amanda. While interviewing Amanda, Handsome and Scozzari notice an extravagant body lotion on Dromgoole's dresser. Amanda says she believes Dromgoole received it while dating an older man, who turns out to be Nora's ex-husband Lloyd. Lloyd denies a sexual relationship and says he was a father figure. Scozzari has sex with Lloyd. Handsome learns from the medical examiner that Dromgoole's body contains traces of an expensive skincare cream and she has a round depression in her skull.

After examining Dromgoole's phone records, Handsome confronts Lloyd, who admits he hired Dromgoole to spy on his ex-wife. Handsome notices Lloyd's company's coffee table book, which contains a photograph of Dromgoole and Bacorn attending the same sponsored event. Nora visits Handsome and during a conversation they realize they have had the same dream about escaping their current lives to live in the country and care for dogs.

Lloyd explains that the picture of Dromgoole and Bacorn was taken at a celebrity gala where he provided the fireworks and Dromgoole tagged along by pretending to be his assistant. Annoyed she could not take one of the "swag bags" given to celebrities at the event, which included expensive toiletries, she befriended Bacorn. When Handsome arrives at Bacorn's house to re-interview him, he discovers that the handles of the neighbor's tools contain traces of skincare cream. At Bacorn's house, Handsome notices that Bacorn is using the same brand of skincare cream as the lotion from Dromgoole's apartment. Bacorn says he received the skincare cream and body lotion at the party Dromgoole and he attended, and he gave the lotion to her. Handsome spots a large award in Bacorn's bedroom, something which could have caused Dromgoole's head injury.

Handsome denigrates Bacorn's acting and Bacorn becomes enraged, confirming Handsome's suspicion that Bacorn is prone to violent anger. Bacorn admits that Dromgoole and he had sex after the party, during which she ridiculed his acting. Bacorn killed her, then dismembered her using his neighbor's tools. He dumped her body on his own lawn, assuming no one would suspect him if his guilt seemed so obvious. Bacorn attacks Handsome, but Scozzari arrives and saves him. Nora says she cannot date Handsome because she is moving to the country to begin a new job giving massages to dogs. Handsome returns to his regular neighborhood routine.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

On June 14, 2016, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.[1] The film was released on Netflix on May 5, 2017.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-06-14). "Netflix Detective Comedy Film 'Handsome', Jeff Garlin Stars & Directs". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  2. ^ Yoselin Acevedo (2017-03-21). "Handsome Trailer: Jeff Garlin is an Inept Detective in Netflix Comedy". IndieWire. Retrieved 2017-04-07.

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