Netflix just released Brazen, a new detective film starring Alyssa Milano

The new Netflix movie from actress Alyssa Milano Cheeky was described as essentially what you would get if you crossed Fifty shades of Grey with a murder mystery. This is the catchy tease given about the movie from Charmwho adds, perhaps a little cryptically: “It’s crazy. You’ll love it.”

The film is based on the novel Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts. And it actually continues a trend we’ve written about many times now. The competition for exciting new projects is fiercer than ever between the various competing streaming services. As well as among filmmakers in general. And the books are increasingly being seized upon as fodder for adaptations that seem to be going through the greenlight process faster than ever. Lady Gaga’s latest star turn, for example, came in the Ridley Scott-directed film Gucci House. It was based on author Sara Gay Forden The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamor and Greed. Apple, meanwhile, is releasing a limited series, Five days at the Memorialbased on Sheri Fink’s book about a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina. And Netflix has all kinds of examples – like night booksthe film based on a children’s book of the same name, from 2018. Plus series like stay close and the witcherboth based on books.

Cheeky Netflix movie

In the case of CheekyMilano plays Grace, a high-profile mystery writer who returns to her family in Washington D.C. at the behest of her estranged sister. From Netflix press material: “When her sister is killed and her double life as a webcam performer is exposed, Grace ignores the warnings of cold-headed detective Ed (Sam Page) and gets involved. in the case.”

By promoting the film in recent days via an appearance on ViewMilan added that Cheeky was filmed during the pandemic. With all the complexity that entails.

“I think it has everything to get away from it all,” she said of the film. “There’s mystery and action and, as we’ve seen, a sexy neighbor. Great performance from Sam Page. Malachi Weir is so talented.

She continued, “We filmed during the pandemic, which was really challenging and fascinating. A lesson in how, if protocol is followed, we can actually prevent this thing. We shot for three and a half months, it’s very hard to shoot a film. We are all close. Because the protocol was so strict, not a single person in the crew got sick. It was a great experience for me. »

Ratings and reaction

Malachi Weir as Ben, Alyssa Milano as Grace, and Sam Page as Ed in the new Netflix movie “Brazen.” Image source: Sergei Bachlakov/Netflix

Is this one worth checking out? Well, unfortunately the reviews so far aren’t particularly promising. The first reviews that leaked during Cheeky seem to have coalesced around a feeling of confusion. Of what the heck did, I just watched the variety.

“Slick, but increasingly silly”, that’s how Variety described it. A murder-mystery version of a Hallmark movie, lamented The New York Times. And this, from the San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s not bad boring, but flashy bad. It’s not ‘I’m sick of it already’. It’s ‘I can’t believe what I’m watching.’

Meanwhile, at IMDb, the film currently has a rating of 3.4/10, based on responses from 226 users at the time of writing. If you’re in the mood for a guilty pleasure that doesn’t require you to think too much? Cheeky could tick that box for you. But don’t ask more than that.

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