Friday, July 27, 2007

Killing Me Softly

You Kill Me is yet another movie variation on the neurotic mobster, and this farce serves up Ben Kingsley as an alcoholic hit man for the Polish mob, looking to get straight so he can back to killing people more efficiently. His mob family sends him from their home base in Buffalo off to San Francisco, where he signs up for AA and falls in with a not-so-wild bunch that includes love interest Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson as a gay tollbooth attendant, and Bill Pullman ‘s self-loving real estate guy. The movie attempts to come across as a deadpan comedy, and Kingsley contributes some glorious underplaying, but a few of the farcical points underscore the frame of realism director John Dahl sets up. Dahl’s done good work before within small self-contained movies (Red Rock West, The Last Seduction, Rounders), and while this isn’t quite a return to form, it’s a mostly amusing effort, and one than can at least boast that’s it more smart than dumb.

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