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Issue: Autumn 2014

Veronica Mars (2014) movie review

Private Eye

Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is all grown up and about to embark on her law career. She has a promising interview, despite her past as a teenage private detective, but she is pulled back to her old home town to help out a friend.

As can be expected from a television episode made for theatrical release, Veronica Mars is very formulaic in its structure and characters.

This doesn't make the film bad, it just makes it basically a two-hour television episode on the big screen.

Veronica Mars is almost a coming-of-age movie. She is throwing off her past and trying to make a place for herself that she, and her father (Enrico Colantoni), can be proud of.

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Movie poster, Veronica Mars
She Thought She Was Out

The film is centred around a cold case, the death of one of Veronica's schoolmates. However the mystery tends to take second place to Veronica and her relationships.

Completely harmless and probably and excellent film for the young adult community, this film takes little advantage of a wider venue for real characterisation and suspense.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release March 13 2014
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Title: Veronica Mars (2014)
Written by: Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero (screenplay)
Rob Thomas (story and characters)
Directed by: Rob Thomas
Running time: 107 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni

Official website: TheVeronicaMarsMovie
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