You Kill Me

2007

You Kill Me

Critics 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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Frank Falenczyk loves his job. He just happens to be the hit-man for his Polish mob family in Buffalo, N.Y. 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.

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Critic Reviews for You Kill Me

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  • Jun 07, 2014
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2013
    Clever and funny, You Kill Me is an unusual dark comedy that looks at the lighter side of mob life. When drinking interferes with Frank's job as a hitman, he's sent to dry out in San Francisco where he meets an unusual woman who takes an interest in his craft. The film has a solid cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni, and Luke Wilson, who do quite well with this type of dry, subtle humor. Additionally, the writing is pretty smart (for the most part), and does a good job at developing the characters. However, some areas of the plot are a bit weak and erratic. Strange but amusing, You Kill Me is an entertaining comedy that hits the spot.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2012
    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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    These quirky hitman comedies are always so much fun. The comedy is always so dark and funny, and they are just so enjoyable. But You Kill Me just doesn't quite measure up to the others. I blame the writing and the acting. The story was slow, all over the place, and somehow predictable. Most people have praised Kingsley's performance, but I found it surprisingly lethargic. The only standout performance was from Bill Pullman, who was very funny. I won't say that You Kill Me is a bad film. It's oddball and there will be those who will like it. But it's not for me.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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