Film Review: New Tricks

Film Review: New Tricks – for elders only (just kidding)


When three retired detectives, well into their senior years, are drafted back to work in the unsolved crime department, the criminal justice bureaucracy gets a taste of outrageous elder behavior they didn’t expect. Basically, forming an efficient and effective team, these three oldsters go to work on homicides that have been gathering dust in the archives for decades. They operate outside the guidelines of police procedure and frequently outside the boundaries of accepted propriety. In the process, they’re darn funny.


Brian, the brainy one, is self-centered, brilliant, with tunnel vision when he latches onto a problem and at the same time a mental case under the control of a regime of drugs. With a phenomenal memory, he remembers specific details of events that happened twenty years ago. At the same time, he has no idea what his wife likes to eat or what her favorite color might be.


Jack is quiet, methodical, organized and totally obsessed with his wife’s untimely death. He’s down to earth and logical. His forte is cross-examination and the ability to get under the skin of the toughest dudes.


Gerry is flamboyant, erratic, physical and fascinated with the opposite sex. He’s a loose cannon, who is not above a threat or two in order to get information he deems vital.


The leader of the group, Sandra, is a good twenty years their junior. A good-looking blonde, she’s tough as nails, a necessary qualification for keeping her rabble department under control. She has no qualms about punching out a bad guy or walking into a high society affair in a knockout evening dress.


This BBC TV series ran for two years. The DVDs are available from Netflix. All the episodes have captions, which helps a bit with the king’s English.


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