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Veronica Mars, former high school sleuth, has moved to New York City nine years after the events of Season 3. She wishes to distance herself as far from her hometown Neptune as possible, but is forced to return to her old hometown when her old boyfriend Logan Echolls is once again accused of murder.
Veronica Mars is an American neo-noir mystery comedy-drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Rob Thomas and co-written with Diane Ruggiero. It is a continuing film adaptation based on Thomas’ UPN/CW television series of the same name and stars Kristen Bell reprising her role as the title character. Its executive producers are Joel Silver, Bell, and Jenny Hinkey. Warner Bros. Pictures opened the film in the United States theatrically and on video-on-demand on March 14, 2014.
About the Story
Nine years after the events of the show’s third season, former teenage sleuth Veronica Mars has left the fictional town of Neptune, California and moved to New York City, where she is in a stable relationship with Stosh “Piz” Piznarski and has a job offer from the prestigious law firm Truman-Mann and Associates. She is contacted by her ex-boyfriend Logan Echolls, now a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, who has been accused of murdering his girlfriend Carrie Bishop, a fellow Neptune High student who became a successful but self-destructive pop star under the stage name “Bonnie DeVille”. He is being bombarded for offers of representation from lawyers, and Veronica agrees to return to Neptune and help Logan find one who will best represent him. She is reunited with her father Keith Mars, Neptune’s former sheriff-turned-private investigator, who shows her how corruption and classism is rife under Sheriff Dan Lamb.
Despite her claims that her stay will be brief and she will not get involved, Veronica begins to investigate the circumstances of Carrie’s death. During her investigation, Veronica is dragged to her ten year high school reunion by friends Wallace Fennell and Cindy “Mac” MacKenzie. There, she learns that former outlaw biker Eli “Weevil” Navarro is now a reformed family man. During the reunion, Veronica realizes Carrie’s murder is connected to the death of Carrie’s best friend, Susan Knight, who disappeared off a boat at sea nine years earlier.
After Veronica’s nemesis Madison Sinclair plays a copy of Veronica’s college sex tape with Piz, a fight breaks out. The reunion comes to an abrupt end as Veronica sets the sprinklers off, with Veronica punching out Madison after Madison verbally harasses Veronica further. Veronica attends an after party and speaks with Dick Casablancas, Luke Haldeman and his fiancée Gia Goodman, and Stu “Cobb” Cobbler, all of whom were with Susan and Carrie on the boat the night Susan disappeared.
Meanwhile, while driving home from the reunion, Weevil stops to help a driver being harassed by bikers, only to be shot by the driver, a nervous Celeste Kane. The sheriff’s department plants a gun so that Celeste can claim self-defense, and Keith agrees to prove Weevil’s innocence.
Veronica concludes that those on Susan’s boat nine years ago covered up the circumstances of her death, and that someone killed Carrie because she threatened to confess. Compromising videos of Carrie are posted online and Veronica traces them back to Vinnie Van Lowe, who has been planting spyware on celebrities and selling the footage.
Veronica uses Vinnie’s footage to prove Gia lured Logan out to Carrie’s home the night of her murder, suggesting she and Luke killed Carrie and framed Logan. Lamb blatantly ignores her evidence and refuses to follow up, but unbeknownst to him Veronica records the conversation. Having stayed in Neptune longer than planned, Veronica calls Piz in New York to explain that she cannot return yet, and Piz breaks off their relationship. Truman-Mann rescinds their job offer, which results in an argument between Keith and Veronica about what she’s doing with her life.
Directed by: Rob Thomas
Starring: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Enrico Colantoni
Screenplay by: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero
Production Design by: Jeff Schoen
Cinematography: Ben Kutchins
Film Editing by: Daniel Gabbe
Costume Design by: Genevieve Tyrrell
Set Decoration by: Cindy Coburn, Jill McGraw
Music by: Josh Kramon
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexuality including references, drug content, violence and some strong language.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 14, 2014