You Kill Me

2007

Action / Comedy / Crime / Romance / Thriller

13
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 16941

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Téa Leoni as Laurel Pearson
Bill Pullman as Dave
Ben Kingsley as Frank Falenczyk
Luke Wilson as Tom
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Reviewed by kapelusznik18 6 / 10

I'm Frank and I'm an alcoholic

***SPOILERS**** Always drunk and nipping on a bottle of vodka hit-man for the local Buffalo Polish mob-The Cosa Polska-Frank Falenczyk, Ben Kingsley, is ordered by his boss Roman Krezminski, Phillip Baker Hall,to go west young man to far off San Francisco and dry out with Polish mob controlled real-estate agent Dave, Bill Pullman, getting him a place to stay as well as a job as an assistant undertaker for at a local funeral home. Besides that he's forced to attend AA meetings to get him straightened out an off the booze so he can stay awake and shoot straight on his next assignment by Roman. That's to knock off his rival in crime local Buffalo Irish mob boss Edward O'Leary played by Italian/American actor, and ex Chicago cop, Dennis Farina. It's O'Leary who together with the help of the New York Chinese mobsters who is planning to take over Roman's mob operations in Buffalo.

It's at the Doris Rainford, Alison Sealy-Smith, funeral parlor that Frank meets Laurel Pearson, Tea Leoni, who's there to have her dead step father readied for burial and Laurel not only turns out to be Frank's cup of tea, replacing all the booze that he's been drinking, but fall in love with her who's young enough to be his daughter. Juggling his affair with Laurel and staying off the sauce Frank starts to reevaluated his life and realizes that his job of killing people isn't as rewarding as he at first thought it was. Also his attempt to stop drinking doesn't go so well with him getting smashed at a party and ending up smashing one of the party goers car.

***SPOILERS**** It's when Frank gets the news that his boss Roman was knocked off back in Buffalo by the O'Leary gang he decides to take just one more shot, at O'Leary, before quitting the killing for hire business. But this time around he has a partner that he hadn't counted on to help him with the job his girlfriend Laurel Pearson to cover, unlike his late boss Roman, his back. Tender May to December love story between two people from different sides of the track who meet at a funeral parlor and later fall in love at an AA meeting hall. It's only after that one last hit-job on Irish mob boss Edward O'Leary- in revenge or payment in him having Roman knocked off-that the two love birds can kick it off and start a new crime free life in the "Golden State" in "The City by the Bay".

Reviewed by Jonas1969 5 / 10

Dark enough but not wacky enough

I enjoy dark comedy and I found myself drawn into the story in the beginning. Ben Kingsley is excellent as a Polish hit-man with an alcohol problem who gets sent to AA. Téa Leoni is equally good as his lover although their chemistry is less than perfect. For the most part the supporting cast do a good job, yet as a whole it is not good. For a dark comedy to be funny something has to happen, but here it's mostly a drama with incredulous characters thrown in together. Perhaps the quality of the acting here detracts from the film because as a drama the story fails and it never really becomes a comedy.

I get the feeling that director John Dahl realized it was to realistic and that's why he tried to get a comedic mood with some wacky music, but it doesn't help.

If you find peoples pain a laughing matter then you'll laugh at You Kill Me. No? Then you'll sit through a pointless but well acted film.

Reviewed by patrick powell 4 / 10

Dahl misfires, and then some. This is horribly out-of-kilter

Well, what an odd film. So far I have liked John Dahl's films, but this one left me distinctly cold. There's something oddly out-of-kilter about the whole exercise, not least the whimsical cod Italian music which plays in more or less every scene, which is intended, I suppose, to inform us that it's all a bit of a hoot really, to the ghastly schmaltz of the 'hero' finally hooking up with the 'heroine' and providing the, for some, de rigueur 'happy ending'. In the other of Dahl's films I've seen schmaltz was not just absent, but replaced by a black humour which was the icing on the cake. Perhaps it looked OK on paper when Dahl first looked at the script. Alcoholic hit-man who is getting sloppy because he's drinking to much is sent by his gangster 'family' to another city to dry out. While there is meets a quirky female - I assume we're supposed to think her quirky or kooky or something - and they fall in love. But the family back home is being extinguished by other gangster so our hero goes home for one last job to avenge the murder of his boss. Actually, it doesn't even sound that promising on paper. I suppose I must allow that in other hands some director might, just might, have made something off it, but inexplicably Dahl isn't that director. Given the overall lack of cohesion and, for this viewer at least, the fact that the film missed all its targets by a country mile, it would be silly to list individual shortcomings, but I'll do so anyway. For one that find actor, great in the right part, Ben Kingsley (or Sir Kingsley as Christopher kept calling him in The Sopranos) is thoroughly miscast. Then there's the character he plays, an unrepentant hit-man who doesn't feel guilty that he has murdered people, just that he was often so drunk he made a hash of many jobs and didn't kill then cleanly. That's funny? OK, again I've got to accede that in the right hands it might well be made to seem so, but Dahl's really aren't the right hands. This film will certainly please some folk - after all, a great many go for all those goddam-awful formulaic blockbusters. But it didn't please me and if you intend watching it because you have liked other of Dahl's films, give it a miss. He can do, and has done, a lot better than this. Yes, it has many of Dahl's hallmarks, not least, some good lines, but the parts really don't add up to a respectable whole. Sorry, but that's the truth.

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