Help me figure out what movie this trailer was for
June 27, 2010 8:40 PM   Subscribe

Help me identify a movie from the late 1990s that I only know by the trailer, please.

I downloaded the trailer for this movie, probably in 1999, and watched it a few times thinking that eventually when the movie came out I'd go see it or rent it. That never happened. For some reason today I remembered it, and now (a decade later) I can't even begin to recall the name of the movie.

The trailer looked something like a typical date between a man and a woman, filmed using telephoto lenses with very few closeups, as I recall. I think they walked by a river, and walked around downtown, and time was generally shown as passing late into the night. I don't recall there being much conversation between the two, or at least not that the camera was allowed to hear.

At some point (which I remember as being early morning light but that could be wrong) the woman has a realization about what time it is and runs off. She ends up at what looks like a YMCA or community pool and there's someone floating dead, face down.

That's all I've got, but I'm sure you know what movie it is I'm talking about. Extra bonus would be telling me whether or not it sucked.
posted by komara to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I believe this is from The Minus Man:

(sorry for the link, posting from phone)
posted by AmitinLA at 8:52 PM on June 27, 2010

Response by poster: This is absolutely without a doubt why I love MetaFilter. Thank you very much, that is exactly the trailer I was thinking about. I'm left thinking that the version I downloaded back in 1999 might not have had the "careful, you could talk about it for hours" tagline at the end. I don't think I ever realized that the people in the trailer were not part of the movie. It makes a lot more sense now.

Anyway, off to go read the IMDB or Wikipedia pages for Minus Man. Thanks again, AmitinLA!
posted by komara at 8:57 PM on June 27, 2010

Response by poster: Okay, weird. The vague half-memories of the trailer popped into my head while reading an interview with Janeane Garofalo. I had no idea she was in it, but looking at the details page on IMDB shows that she is. I went back to the interview page to see if somewhere I read the words 'The Minus Man' and they're not in the article anywhere (they are in the comments, but much farther down than I scrolled while reading).

So ... apparently somehow the gluey parts of my brain, the ones that deal with stupid pop culture trivia, somewhere latched on to the fact that she was in that movie, even though I've never seen it and have only watched a trailer that didn't show her face or list her name, and reading an interview with her reminded me of all this.

Stupid brains.
posted by komara at 9:04 PM on June 27, 2010

Sheryl Crow was in that one too. I liked it even though I was a bit creeped out by it. One of my favorites with Owen Wilson.
posted by cross_impact at 7:55 AM on June 28, 2010

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