You Kill Me
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An alcoholic gangster assassin named Frank (Kingsley) is encouraged to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings because he can't do his job well due to his drinking problem. One night his cohorts find him sleeping while at 'work'. At one of the AA meetings he tells people what he does for a living. When asked if he isn't afraid of being caught, he finds comfort in the anonymity of his new found circle of friends.
There is a lot of violence, but with lively Bohemian music in the background, the movie never loses its comedic touch.
This story is dark humor at its best.
Frank takes a job as a mortician's assistant in his new city. He meets Laurel at her stepfather's funeral and it is clear that the woman comes plenty of emotional baggage. But they manage to develop a delightful romantic friendship and then Frank suddenly decides to return to the "family."
Every bit of this movie works well. The script could have been tedious, slapstick or disjointed. The actors could have demanded center stage since both Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni are stars. But everything worked together well. The movie was poignant, quirky, and truly romantic.
I wholeheartedly recommend this movie.
It should never be lost that what AA, NA (Narcotics Anonymous), and other 12-step fellowships have and continue to accomplish is nothing short of miraculous, since addiction was considered untreatable until AA arrived on the scene in 1935. And I would imagine that no one would find this film more hilarious than 12-steppers, who are hardly a grim lot. At meetings, tears and courageous emotional sharing of experience, strength, and hope are well mixed with the frequent laughter of identification with the problem of addiction, as well as empathy for this hero's journey.
I loved this film. The performances are low key and whacked (Tea Leoni has carved out a niche for such work.......see her in David O. Russell's "Flirting with Disaster"), and Kingsley does a send-up on his "Sexy Beast" sociopath role that's reminiscent of Brando's "Godfather" parody in "The Freshman."
So rent or buy this film, and enjoy!
Frank is sent inexplicably to San Fransisco, to dry out and get back on track. While there, he joins Alcoholics Anonymous, works as a mortician's assistant, befriends a tollbooth worker (played by Luke Wilson), and falls in love with a woman (Tea Leoni) so used to dating men who eventually tell her that they are gay and leave her, that she is willing to put up with anything to make it work with Frank.
Frank yearns for sobriety so he can become the hit man he once was, before beer and vodka made him sloppy. He keeps meticulous records of the people he has wronged, not by killing them, but by killing them incorrectly. To make amends, he mails the victim's families' anonymous gift cards of apology. As Leoni puts it " So, getting stabbed in the eye [instead of the throat] gets your family fifty dollars off their next purchase of electronics?" And Frank nods. "It's a start."
`You Kill Me' is a dark romantic comedy with some terrific off-beat characters, including a real estate salesman played by Bill Pullman who gets Frank an apartment in San Francisco, and a jar of cashew butter as a welcoming gift. "Why not just use peanuts?' Frank asks. Which is exactly what a Buffalonian would ask.
`You Kill Me', directed by John Dahl seems conceptualized around the question: "What could happen if a hit man joined AA?Read more ›
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Great Cast! Good story about an alcoholic that goes to AA to get sober. Pretty realistic with several relapses. Funny because he is a paid killer for a living. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Deborah Rasso
It had potential to be a good movie, but just lacked. Could have just been the concept of the movie or the actor.Published 2 months ago by CANDACE T OCONNOR
I love ben kingsley, he is one of the best actors and can do almost any part. This black comedy is great. Very funny. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrea Martin