I Love You to Death


I Love You to Death (1990)


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Based on an actual event, Lawrence Kasdan's excursion into black comedy stars Kevin Kline as Joey Boca, a womanizer whose wife Rosalie (Tracey Ullman) finally learns of her husband's wicked ways and decides to kill him. However, Joey somehow manages to sidestep all of Rosalie's murder attempts.

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Tracey Ullman
as Rosalie Boca
Kevin Kline
as Joey Boca
River Phoenix
as Devo Nod
William Hurt
as Harlan James
Keanu Reeves
as Marlon James
James Gammon
as Lt. Schooner
Miriam Margolyes
as Joey's Mother
Phoebe Cates
as Joey's Girl at Disco
Alisan Porter
as Carla Boca
Jon Kasdan
as Dominic Boca
Michelle Joyner
as Donna Joy
Kathleen York
as Dewey Brown
Michael Chieffo
as Blue Light Bartender
Robert Radonich
as Java Jive Bartender
John Billingsley
as Jailhouse Informant
Jeff Klein
as Young Man with Bat
Art Cahn
as Priest
Henry Beckman
as Wendel Carter
Joe Lando
as Pizza Guy
Susan Chin
as Reporter
Tony Romano
as Reporter
Johnny Willis
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for I Love You to Death

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

Harold and Maude it ain't.

Oct 16, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The best thing about ''I Love You to Death'' is that although it fails in other ways, it accommodates Mr. Kline without inhibiting him.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

It's a movie oddly out of touch with itself, simultaneously anarchic and flaccid. You can laugh at it, even love some of it, but just as likely, you'll slip off to a dreamy world all your own.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

spectacular misfire

Jun 29, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

An underrated and charmingly low-key comedy.

May 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Too silly to work, but occasionally appealing.

Aug 24, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for I Love You to Death

Black comedy based on a true story of the wife of a pizza baker who finds her Italian husband cheating and consequently plans to murder him. Kevin Kline channels parts of his role in "Fish called Wanda" and works great as charming macho man who just can't take his hands off women and just can't die. The minor characters, especially Hurt and Reeves as doped killers, are fun and the black humor works great. The film is a bit slow at times and the solution maybe a tad too much sunshine and lollipops, even if that's how it really played out. But especially the scenes of murder and revenge, with Joan Plowright being a wonderfully vile and loyal mother, are fun and make it an entertaining film.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Though the premise is intriguing - particularly its basis in a true story - I Love You To Death doesn't quite come off. It never fully embraces black comedy in the way that it pretends to, and in the end it rings hollow. Beyond the believable Tracey Ullman, the characters are cartoony; it's a good thing in Kevin Kline's case, but it doesn't really fly with the rest of them. The first half works, but the second half limps to a cornball ending. Totally forgettable monument to 1990. Ick.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Black comedy with a great cast about a wife who tries to kill her husband after she catches him having an affair.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

On the hotbead of the late 80's popularity of Kevin Kline and the early 90's indie scene, comes a cast of mostly unbelievable characters that come together to make a fun dark comedy. Lawrence Kasdan, who had recenly had a decent run with The Big Chill, Silverado and The Accidental Tourist, weaves a nice dark comic tale. The entire cast really shines here. Kevin is Kevin, as always, but Tracy Ullman is great and William Hurt and Keanu Reeves steal the show as two braindead drug addicts hired to do the dirty deed, or rather finish the job. The story and dialogue is relatively straightforward and relies mainly on performance for the comic relief. Fortunately, most of the time it works. Another fun score from James Horner, who would become a major player in the future, hot off his work with Field Of Dreams. It keeps the story comedic and doesn't overpower the story. Not much to say on the cinematography really. It looks good but nothing really to write home about. In the end, this movie, the situations and outcome are totally unbelievable, but if you suspend your disbelief for an hour and a half you'll have a good time and maybe get a few laughs. Worth a rent.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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