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Plot: While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hit man befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores. Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 13 Jul 2007
Great film. Intelligent and vastly underrated. (by joe_lvn)
The summer of 2007. In a sea of motion picture mediocrity, as usual for Hollywood, this shines like a diamond. It's truly refreshing to find a movie so unusual and witty. The humor here is very subtle, droll and understated, and a few times I wasn't sure if I was reading something into certain things thinking there was humor there when there wasn't. But there was.This is a very offbeat and highly original story, which is most likely why I enjoyed it so much. A hit-man who can't kill because of his alcoholism; therefore he can't make a "living". A Polish mob, <more>
Irish mob, Greek mob, Chinese mob-very refreshing for a change that there was no stereotypical Italian mob.Since he botched a hit in Buffalo, he's sent to San Francisco to dry out. Meets Tea Leoni a very underused and underrated actress who should be in far more good films like this at his job at the mortuary.I highly recommend this film especially for people like myself who enjoy offbeat, black comedies. And it has a happy, uplifting ending.
Good story, but director too cheap to use full color film (by user-4720)
I watched this flick because nothing else was worth seeing this weekend, so it was a matter of the selecting the best of the worst.Unfortunately, the director decided to not use normal color film in the cameras. There was the usual blue and white effect used, ad nauseam by so many pinheaded directors, then a bronze and white effect, almost no color, and in a very few places, wonderful full color. OK, I'm impressed with the director's artsy-ness.The color thing distracted from what was a pretty good dark comedy with about a dozen great lines and I'll buy the DVD just for <more>
those.Also, the work of Tea Leoni is new to me and she in one nice looking number.
A fine lesson in comedic understatement (by jsorenson777)
What a strange, wonderful, quirky brilliant piece of work this is. Dahl is to be commended; in fact we should genuflect. The writing and direction is superb and the acting is as good as it gets.Ben Kingsley is absolutely amazing, as is Tea Lioni, Bill Pullman, Dennis Farina and the supporting players -- they all shine without shining.There is a classic scene here where the usually silent Frank, opens up and explains his profession and his addiction at an AA meeting. The audience, like the characters, doesn't quite know how to react. It is one of those scenes you laugh at much harder the <more>
next day.There should be a best actor nomination for Kingsley here and a best supporting actor for Lioni. Dahl deserves enshrinement.
This little dark comedy is made a real treat by the professional, understated acting by all of its stars and direction that has produced pure entertainment rather than a silly mess.The plot of the film couldn't be any more far-fetched. Frank Falenczyk, a hit man for a low-level crime family in Albany, New York, is not performing well because he has an alcohol problem. He is sent to kill the boss of a crime group who is muscling in on the territory. Instead of doing his job, he passes out from drink in his car while waiting. What follows is probably the weirdest family intervention scene <more>
ever filmed in which Frank's boss and other members of the crime family tell him that he must go to San Francisco to seek rehabilitation.Frank is packed off to San Francisco, but it is clear his heart is not into the rehabilitation idea for his first two purchases are a gun and a bottle of vodka. He goes to an AA meeting and views the whole process with disdain. After leaving the meeting early, he is approached by Dave the realtor who arranged for Frank's apartment and a job as an undertaker's assistant. Dave has some sort of connection with Albany, and Frank is told in no uncertain terms that this is his last chance. Dave assures Frank that he will be reporting regularly to the head of the crime family back East.With no other choice, Frank starts going to the meetings where he meets Tom. Tom is a gay toll booth attendant at the Golden Gate Bridge who is wise to the ways of AA. One of the elements that impressed me about the script of this film is how Tom's character is handled. Yes, he is gay, but there is no gay angst associated with his character, and there no Gay Tom subplot. Tom is just a normal guy who just happens to be gay - a refreshing change to the way most gay characters are dealt with in films.Laurel shows up at the funeral parlor with a pair of bowling shoes for her dead stepfather, and Frank is immediately attracted as it is clear that she is no shrinking violet when it comes to the harsher realities of life. They begin dating.Putting all of these elements together could have easily produced an over-the-top mess of absurdity, but You Kill Me is not. Instead - as alluded to regarding the character of Tom - it is a perfect blend of excellent acting and subtle direction that produces unadulterated entertainment.The cast is headed by Ben Kingsley playing Frank, and Kingsley gives us a man we can believe can murder in cold blood, yet possess the weaknesses of a man addicted to alcohol and smitten by a sassy woman.As for that sassy woman, Téa Leoni is perfect in the part. Her voice and facial expressions convey worlds of irony mixed with amazement when it comes to her character's relationship with a killer.Luke Wilson gives a wonderfully understated performance as Tom. Dave is played to his quirky best by Bill Pullman, and the respective leaders of the "good" and "bad" crime families are given credible umph by Philip Baker Hall and Dennis Farina.Add numerous other distinctive character types revolving around these main characters and tons of incredibly witty lines delivered by Frank and his friends, and you have an extremely entertaining - although very dark - comedy.
What's Wrong With People's Choice in Movies These Days! (by ghettodogaudio06)
Very good movie. This movie is about a hit man who is an alcoholic who has to get clean for the family. I am not gonna wreck anymore plot. I thought Ben Kingsley played an amazing part. His character is so likable that you can forgive him for what he does for a living. This movie is a little bit of romance, some action, and a little comedy here and there. Tina Leonie plays the female love interest and she produced this movie. I thought she also did a great job and this is just a good movie. I work at schlock buster video and this film is so underrated. Why can't people enjoy good movies <more>
like this instead of crap like Shoot Em' Up or the new movie war. People are so desensitized this day and age that they only enjoy rude comedy by the American Pie Team or just mindless action movies about war or killing. Yes this film is about killing but at least it has a good thorough story that actually makes sense and has good acting instead of the poor acting of the guy from The Transporter in War or the disgusting language of American Pie Beta House. If you like a movie with substance check this film out as it is a killer!
Brilliant, Unsentimental Life-Affirming Comedic Black Melodrama (by egajd)
This infectious quiet comedy grabbed me by the heart and didn't let it go. As a movie it worked at all levels - script, production, acting. The concept of the drunk killer being played straight could have fallen miserably if any of these parts of the film had failed. But every part contributed to the whole, to which I would like to particularly commend the director/producers for the beautiful restraint they showed with the film's score and music.Some of the commentators here expressed concern over the mobs of Buffalo, but that was one of the straightest jokes on film! The Polish and <more>
Irish squabbling over pennies and snow removal as if these were the meaning of life!? This sets the counterpoint for Kingsley brilliant portrayal of Frank, the reluctant AA member who begins to leave his old ways of living and join the living. He's left the dead of winter for the possibility of life while learning to dress dead bodies. In SF he discovers that he is no longer bound by tradition, in which like a loser he had done as he was told. And this counterpoint is extended by the petty mobsters moving with puffed up TV melodrama towards their deaths because they are bound to a code that they are unable or unwilling to break.Frank's hesitancy in embracing AA is well scripted and acted, but becomes brilliant once he decides to join and takes the part about honesty to heart. Following his motto about the importance of precision, Frank conscientiously chooses to be 100 percent honest. Some have said that anyone could have done that role, but I don't think many could have made it believable. It was scripted and acted well enough that I did not have a credibility problem with Frank's honesty.However, the brilliance of the movie comes fully to life with the introduction of Leoni 's portrayal of Laurel and the development of the relationship between her and Frank. In a very few short lines the two characters establish an awareness that they have a common quirk - unflinching honesty, which was affirmed with Laurel's humorous acquiescence to Frank's observation that the dead step-father's toes would need to be broken in order to fit his feet into the stolen bowling shoes.And I would like to stand and give Leoni my ovation and apology. I had made a point of avoiding her films until I accidentally saw "Spanglish.' In that movie she opened my mind to the possibility that she has some acting skill, because she managed to keep a thoroughly unlikable neurotic character human and interesting when it would have been very easy not to have been able to do that. Here, as Laurel, the subtlety of her reactions of surprise, disappointment, and the myriad other emotions she needs to act is a brilliant dance of words and discovery with Kingsley, who portrays with straight man comic brilliance his surprise and fear at wanting to reach for something in life other than a bottle or a gun.When Frank reveals to the group that he kills people, the reaction of everyone in the room is wonderful, especially Laurel's. You can see in their faces a bit of disbelief, then a kind of shock. But, as Frank continues to tell his story as a drunk, their initial shock is replaced by the alcoholic's recognition of his or her drunken stories in him. What he does for a living falls away as less important than living in the moment, alive, one day at a time. "I think it went better than you think," his sponsor says after the disclosure. And isn't that a beautiful and affirming life message from a hit man's AA sponsor? Too, too funny!I was so surprised at how good I found my first viewing of this movie that I watched it a second time, the following night. And it was even better the second time. Bravo!
Dark Comedy Showcases Leoni's Talents (by WriterDave)
"You Kill Me" is as dark a comedy as you can get. It may also be the first artistically successful romantic comedy noir. Directed by John Dahl best known for his indie-noirs "Red Rock West" and "The Last Seduction" and the underrated killer trucker flick "Joyride" , the film depicts a hit man Ben Kingsley-deep in character forced into Alcoholics Anonymous by his "family" because his drinking has been affecting his ability to kill people. Shipped off to San Franscisco to start his 12 Steps, he picks up a part-time gig at a funeral home and <more>
meets a sassy single woman with "boundary issues" Tea Leoni-hilarious after her step-dad dies and proceeds to start an unconventional romance with her while struggling to stay on the wagon and learn how to kill again.The film starts off very low key, and Dahl keeps such a consistently dark tone it's hard to adjust to the cadence. As good as Kingsley is here, the show really belongs to Leoni. When she finally arrives on the scene, the film reaches a level of hilarity you weren't expecting. Her facial expressions, comic timing, and interplay with Kingsley as she learns the truth about his past are pure gold. Leoni has had her fair share of commercial successes "Bad Boys," "Deep Impact," "The Family Man", and "Jurassic Park III" but it's in this type of offbeat low-budget comedy where she really shines. She was dynamite in "Flirting with Disaster" and was the best foil for Woody Allen since Diane Keaton in the otherwise forgettable "Hollywood Ending." Here all her comic charms are on display, and she proves that at the age of 40, she is aging not only gracefully and naturally, but with all her sexiness and innate talents in tact.While the film goes through the predictable motions in its final act, it's the gooey goodness of the middle portion especially one laugh-out-loud montage of Leoni helping Kingsley train for his return to "work" that will leave a smile on your face, with Leoni's luminosity as a comedic actress scorched into your mind.
Not really a thriller but very enjoyable (by wfgwilliams)
This film has been advertised as a thriller. The pacing of this film is very slow and much too slow to be classified as a thriller. If you watch this expecting a movie full of action and suspense you will be disappointed.Here's what's good about this film. All the talent that has been brought to this project has been first rate. The writing is excellent. All the actors down to the very minor ones nail their characters and deliver superb believable performances. The cinematography, sound and other technical elements are 'invisible,' which means that those aspects of the film <more>
have been done flawlessly.The movie is very funny with many laughs. The comedy emerges from the situations as everyone in the film plays it straight as if it were a drama.It takes a very skilled director to pull off this type of story successfully. Minor flaws can make it not work. This film works.I think if you drop your fast paced thriller expectations for this film you will find it extremely enjoyable.
Far from perfect its absolutely charming with a super cast headed by Ben Kingsley as a hit-man with a drinking problem. Sent from Buffalo to San Fransisco to dry out when he blows a hit, Kingsley attempts to get his life in order.Funny, touching and atypical, no one is really a cliché. As I said its not perfect, it meanders a bit too much and the mob stuff is a bit worn but its still a charming film. I think the whole things works thanks to the across the board excellent performances. First and foremost is Ben Kingsley who once again proves himself to be one of the finest comedic actors <more>
working today.This is one of those movies you like with your heart more than with your head. This is one to see and share with as many people as you can force into seeing it.