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You Kill Me

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Editorial Reviews

A street-smart mob comedy about a hitman (Kingsley) with a drinking problem that gets in the way of his killing. When mismatched people find a common calling the most unlikely relationships are formed and explored through dead-on performances by Kingsley, Wilson and Leoni.

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  • Actors: Ben Kingsley, Téa Leoni, Luke Wilson, Dennis Farina, Philip Baker Hall
  • Directors: John Dahl
  • Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
  • Producers: Al Corley, Allison Adams, Bart Rosenblatt, Carol Baum, Eugene Musso
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UAE7KO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You Kill Me" on IMDb

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"You Kill Me" is a great "little" movie about a Polish hit-man from a snow plowing family in Buffalo, NY. Played by Ben Kingsley, the title character is a drunk that has to go to rehab or be kicked out of the family. (most likely,killed). He moves to San Fran and joins AA. Gets a job at a funeral home and meets the girl of his dreams. If you like quirky independent films that are more story than showy, this movie is for you. Great performance by Luke Wilson as well. Much funnier than the title suggests, and one to savor with the rest of your collection.
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Tea Leoni and Ben Kingsly are the perfect complement to each other in this brutally honest spoof of AA. Having been to a few meetings myself, I can speak from experience that the 12 step program can be cut to one easy step -- shut-up and quit, snivelers! Ben is completely believable as a contract killer too drunk to pull the trigger. And Tea shines as her normal, very funny and smart self. Luke Wilson wanders around aimlessly like he was added at the last minute for a name credit. What a relief to watch a movie that doesn't start slow and end with a disappointment. These two trade barbs with the precision of Irish Clog Dancers. Not only will you find yourself laughing out loud, you will also find yourself shedding a tear of happiness toward the end. If you don't find this flick LOL funny then you should trade in your blue jeans for and white collar and sulk into a seminary until you find your sense of humor. Keep it up Tea, cheers to you and Ben!!!
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It's very tough to find a great actor, and tougher to find a great script. This movie meets both.

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.
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Lots of people have trouble performing their jobs because they drink or do drugs, but it's impossible to be a successful hitman when you fall asleep on the job. Frank is an alcoholic. He screws up royally when he falls asleep while waiting for his target to arrive. By the time he wakes up, his "family" has determined that he needs to move out of town and attend AA meetings.

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.
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I'm surprised that this film attracted such venom from one reviewer on this site, since "You Kill Me" does for 12 step recovery what Al Franken did for the ACoA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) movement back in the early '90s with his dead on satire, "Stuart Saves His Family." Of course, the notion that an AA "home group" would passively endorse a hit-man's amorality in the name of unconditional acceptance is absurd, but the medium is satire, which by definition involves exaggeration. What makes that aspect of the story work so well is it's affectionate take on AA, while poking fun at some aspects of the group process.

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!
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There is no movie starring Ben Kingsley that is not worth watching. `You Kill Me' is the story of Frank (Kingsley), a Polish hit man in Buffalo, New York, whose drinking is interfering with his job. When he botches the important job of killing an Irish rival mob leader (played by Dennis Farina), Frank's family, Polish mobsters who are being squeezed out of the snowplowing racket,give him an ultimatum: Get sober or get out.

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?
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