Robert Altmans version of Raymond Chandlers 1953
novel is an often hilarious deconstruction of the private
eye/film noir tradition.
(The film) should not be anybodys first film noir, nor their
first Altman movie. Most of its effect comes from the way it
pushes against the genre, and the way Altman undermines the
premise of all private eye movies, which is that the hero can
walk down mean streets, see clearly, and tell right from wrong