Clay Pigeons Movie Review Summary

Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo

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Clay (Joaquin Phoenix) is a small-town boy in a Montana town. He's having an affair with a local married woman. The man finds out and commits suicide. Worried that he might be blamed, the two conspire and push the man's truck over a cliff where it blows up and the remains are not observable. The man was known as a drunk so no one thinks anything of it. Until a woman shows up dead floating in a lake. Funny thing, Clay happens to find her too. That's because he was having sex with her when the man's former wife comes in and finds them and shoots the girl. Once again, Clay didn't do it, but he helps cover it up. He dumped her body in the lake, but didn't weigh it down. Next he meets Lester (Vince Vaughn), who thinks he's doing Clay a favor and kills the wife. And others. And now Clay is being blamed. Clay must now extricate himself from this mess and prove who really did the killings before he skips town and before the killer decides to kill him to keep his mouth shut. Janeane Garofolo plays an FBI agent who comes to town to try to solve the killings.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Misc. Plotlets    -   victim dies just after sex    -   local police have IQ of houseplant Special suspect?    -   lover Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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