You Kill Me (2007)
Critic Consensus: Featuring wonderful performances from Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni, You Kill Me is a charming, funny take on the familiar inner-lives-of-hit-men premise.
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Critic Reviews for You Kill Me
Surely there aren't many emotionally fragile mobster stories left in the Hollywood arsenal. But at least Kill is a pretty good shot with the laughs.
A lot more clever than it initially appears.
One of those self-consciously quirky indie films that will strike some as comic genius while leaving the rest of the audience scratching their head.
A strong performance by the reliable Kingsley, and a tartly sweet one from Leoni, keeps You Kill Me from turning into the bad joke the title implies.
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You Kill Me is an underrated film that definitely is far better than what you might think. This film really exceeded my expectations and I didn't expect to really enjoy it, but I surprisingly did. What makes the film work is the casting of Ben Kingsley, who after a few duds delivers a fine performance here and with a well written script that makes this film worth seeing. For an independent picture this is quite enjoyable for what it tries to do. I found this film to be a bit underrated because it's far better than what you might think, and Kingsley here is simply very good in the part that he plays. If you want a film that boasts one of Ben Kingsley's better recent performances, then this is a definite must watch. The film works very well and is entertaining from start to finish. This was the first of many films that Kingsley would star in that would put his career back on track, especially his work with Martin Scorsese. You Kill Me is a smart comedy that is worth seeing and uses good elements to really boast the idea. I thought that the script was very good, and the idea was quite original as well. Add to that the talents of Ben Kingsley and you an impressive picture that is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a film that can surprise you as much as entertain. The story here is simple, yet with such a talented cast and humorous ideas, you have a unique dark comedy that is much more satisfying that what you might think.
"Hi, my name is Frank I'm an alcoholic. I kill people for a living... This is anonymous, right? Boring mediocre movie! This film has been advertised as a thriller. The pacing of this film is very slow and much too slow to be classified as a thriller. If you watch this expecting a movie full of action and suspense you will be disappointed. Problems abound in this one. Kingsley's accent is terrible and inconsistent. It alternates between Italian, Russian, and Hispanic. Throughout the course of the movie, Frank tells numerous people he is a hit man (including an entire AA group), but nobody seems to care, or wants to do anything about it. The movie relies on cliché scenes to carry it through its final act, most notably when Leoni's insufferable character chases Frank down at the airport, just when he is about to board a flight back to Buffalo. Though it has a strong premise and an interesting first half-hour, the movie quickly becomes a total disaster and devolves into complete nonsense. At the end of the film, Frank celebrates one year of sobriety. I hope to celebrate many, many years of not having seen "You Kill Me". Frank Falenczyk loves his job. He just happens to be the hit-man for his Polish mob family in Buffalo, New York. But Frank's got a drinking problem and when he messes up a critical assignment that puts the family business in peril, his uncle sends him to San Francisco to clean up his act. Frank is not a touchy-feely kind of guy, but he starts going to AA meetings, gets a sponsor and a job at a mortuary where he falls for the tart-tongued Laurel, a woman who is dangerously devoid of boundaries. Meanwhile, things aren't going well in Buffalo where an upstart Irish gang is threatening the family business. When violence erupts, Frank is forced to return home and with an unlikely assist from Laurel, faces old rivals on new terms.
Frank Falenczyk: It isn't that I'm sorry I killed them; it's that I'm sorry I killed them badly. "Love is always worth another shot." You Kill Me is another mob related comedy. This one is different from the normal one, in that the story at the heart of the film isn't all about mob related activity. At the heart of You Kill Me, it is really a man searching for life in the midst of his alcoholism. He finds this life in a woman. Frank is a hit man for a Polish crime family. When his alcoholism escalates and causes him to botch a hit(by falling asleep no less), he's sent to San Francisco to get his life back on the right path. There he starts trying to get sober. He takes a job at a funeral home, starts attending AA meetings, and begins a relationship with a much younger woman. I should say now that the extent to which I was able to enjoy You Kill Me is based purely off of the splendid cast. Everyone's terrific, turning a dull movie into a dull movie with good acting. I mean, the story had moments, but there were just too much down time. The laughs are few and far between, and while the writing and directing isn't horrible, it's only average. Watch the film for Ben Kingsley and a good supporting cast including Philip Baker Hall and Téa Leoni. I had my fair share of problems with the movie as a whole. It wasn't all that engaging, and it turned itself into just another romantic comedy. But Ben Kingsley's presence was enough to make the movie at least watchable. I initially thought I would fall in love with You Kill Me, but I guess I can accept the fact that I merely found it watchable.
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