Out of Sight (1998)

A girls’ club natural, Out of Sight is better watched once the chatter fades, because there’s not a iota of novelist Elmore Leonard’s snappy banter you can afford to miss. A great, comical neo-noir on one hand, this Steven Soderbergh gift also proves the theory that sex starts in the brain. The pas de deux here, amid a cast of supporting eccentrics, is between Jennifer Lopez’s federal marshal and inveterate bank robber George Clooney; Clooney’s fast-thinking, humane crook knows what he wants from the get-go, but Lopez’s savvy fed—the pop-culture star’s best role by far—struggles mightily between her cop instincts to catch him and haul him back to prison and her desire to ride him like a pony (a yearning every woman in the room will be sharing). Absolutely the best sotto voce flirt talk heard in a movie since, well, maybe ever, and that’s what counts for grown-ups.

 

English: George Clooney at the 2009 Venice Fil...
English: George Clooney at the 2009 Venice Film Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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