Handsome is as Handsome does.

Handsome Netflix MovieIn case you haven’t been paying attention, I love my Netflix.  You have only to look here to see that my devotion is a little bit fanatical.  And yet…I do not love every one of their pieces of original programming.  The OA?  Yes!  13 Reasons Why?  Not so much.  But I am very much looking forward to the May 5th premiere of their movie Handsome.

Why?  Because I love mystery mixed with wry comedy, and this looks like just the

Jeff Garlin, Natasha Lyonne at Handsome Screening

Writer/director/star Jeff Garlin and co-star Natasha Lyonne at Netflix’s special screening of “Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie” at the ArcLight Hollywood.

ticket.  Jeff Garlin (everyone knows him from Curb Your Enthusiasm) plays the title character, Detective Gene Handsome.  First of all, let’s all acknowledge that Eugene Handsome is an awesome name.  Gene is a good detective, but seems to have more than a little trouble managing his personal life.  We don’t see much of that personal life in the trailer, but I assume it isn’t filled with white picket fences or long walks on the beach at sunset.   So far the movie sounds pretty formulaic.  But then you look at the rest of the cast.  His partner is Natasha Lyonne (from Orange is the New Black) who is great in just about everything she does.  Also on board are Steven Weber, who has turned into a terrific TV sleaze ball (if you don’t believe me, watch the first 2 seasons of iZombie), Amy Sedaris (I have no words that can even capture her delicious mania), and Leah Remini (hopefully not playing Kevin James’s hot wife).

Netflix bills it as a “Columbo-style” mystery, a concept I can definitely get behind.  I can see Garlin, who also co-wrote and directed the movie, being able to adeptly use his physicality to dupe the perps into thinking they’re smarter than he is.  Yeah, I said “perps”.  I watch a lot of TV.  Anyway, the point is that I really love a good dose of comedy with my mysteries – especially crime mysteries.

As with all Netflix Originals, Handsome will go straight to instant streaming.  At some point, it will probably come out on DVD for those of you without Netflix or with only a DVD subscription, but it might take a while.

Handsome goes on my list.  Pronto.  Take a look at the trailer and see if it’s as much your thing as it is mine.

photo courtesy of Netflix