Frank: I might have to break his toes.
Laurel: Well, whatever gets the job done.
Ben Kingsley stars as Frank, a hit-man for the Polish mob in Buffalo. He is also an alcoholic who's problems are interfering with his work. He is now sent to San Francisco to clean up, attend AA meetings and get his life on track.
This couldn't come at a worst time for the mob boss played by Philip Baker Hall, who is in a mob war with his Irish rival played by Dennis Farina.
Meanwhile, in SF, Frank goes to AA, gets a sponsor played by Luke Wilson in a fitting role, and gets a part time job at a funeral parlor. There he meets with the daughter of one of his "customers" played by Tea Leoni in the perfect role for her.
Bill Pullman is also around, as the guy to check up on Frank, and report back to Buffalo.
This is movie is very good at using character actors to provide the extremely dark and dry comedy.
Kingsley is Frank, he plays him as a hit-man should be, socially awkward, made worse by his drinking, its also nice that he is very forward about admitting that he is a hit-man to everyone.
Leoni is the best part of this movie because of the attitude she usually has in other films, finally pays off the best in this one. Everyone else is also on par in this flick.
The plot is fairly predictable, but director John Dahl does do a good job at building suspense in scenes that require it, especially for a dark comedy, as well as applying a good visual style to go with Kingsley's character and problems.
The movie meanders a little before it reaches its final minutes, not achieving the greatness of my favorite dark hitman comedy Grosse Pointe Blank, but it still gets the job done in having that same attitude.
A funny little movie that wont be seen by to many, but is still worth it.
Laurel: Does it look like I wanna go to fucking Buffalo.