Then the CIA comes calling, asking Fay to fly to Paris and retrieve some of Henry’s notorious notebooks. Those notebooks apparently contain information that Agent Fulbright (Goldblum) assures Fay is of vital importance to the government. Fay agrees to run this little errand in exchange for the release of her brother from the slammer, and off she goes to Paris, where she encounters enough twists, turns, double-crosses and red herrings to make Robert Ludlum blush.
Hartley’s superdry, is-this-comedy? tone seems oddly matched to the
machinations of a spy thriller. For much of this film, we felt like a
little kid reading a book aimed at adults; Fay Grim is surely
about something other than spies and coded documents and government
malfeasance, but we’re damned if we can figure out just what that
Cast and crew
Thomas Jay Ryan