Still not sure if this is supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek send up of film noir, or if they were actually taking themselves seriously. Three stars for the hot women, an appealing performance (mostly) from Woody Harrelson, some comedic scenes, and for shooting it somewhere other than California. Points deducted for not tying all the loose ends together, and leaving a bunch of plot elements unexplained. Points also deducted for some inconsistent performances, including Elisabeth Shue (who I usually love) but who sometimes over played her part and left me wondering what she was aiming for. Films like this -- with a bunch of seemingly confusing and contradictory elements -- really owe it to the audience to finally explain everything and make it all work in the end. You can then appreciate the cleverness of the story. Unfortunately, Palmetto fails to do this, which leaves you resenting the film makers for wasting your time and taking the easy way out. Still, it was funny at times, and entertaining at others, and -- did I mention the hot women?