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Dave White Profile

… Leoni is dark and downbeat. Read full review

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  • 4.0

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  • 25

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Inert dud of a hitmen-are-people-too comedy.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Its razor-sharp script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and the hilariously deadpan comic performances by Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni make it a consistent pleasure.

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  • 75

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    USA Today

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Leoni is one of the truly distinctive comic actresses we have in the movies today, a tough broad with murderously effective timing and phrasing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Dark hit man comedy mixes violence and humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dark comedy about a hit man features jokes about death, murder, and extreme violence. The main character's work entails shooting, throttling, and knifing victims, and a "war" between two gangster families leads to shoot-outs with loud weapons. The protagonist, who's an alcoholic, spends time in AA meetings, where discussions range from absurd to tragic to comic. Characters also smoke, drink, and use plenty of foul language. Luke Wilson co-stars, but this isn't a lighthearted movie.

  • Families can talk about how movies get viewers to feel empathy for characters like Frank who commit crimes for a living. Would you feel the same way about a real-life hit man? What's the difference? Is it OK to make light of killing and violence? Families can also discuss Frank's various afflictions. How might his work make him depressed? How do Frank and Laurel end up being the film's "moral center," compared to Frank's associates, who are more clearly mean, greedy, and vengeful?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: An alcoholic mafia hit man works to stay sober so he can "go back to work."

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Lots of it, ranging from bloody to comic and back. Shooting with handguns and shotguns repeatedly produces bloody corpses (some multi-gun shootouts, some one-on-one battles); Frank's job at a funeral home has him working on corpses daily; ironic "romantic montage" has Frank teach Laurel how to assassinate with a knife (they practice on a watermelon); minor but loud car crash by drunk driver.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Flirting between Laurel and Frank; a woman appears briefly in a bikini; several discussions of Tom's homosexuality and someone's AIDS test; some mild kissing; Frank appears in his underwear.

  • language false5

    Language: Multiple uses of "f--k," plus other colorful hitman/gangster language, including "bitch," "s--t," "damn," "a--hole," "douchebag," "dick," "bastard," "c--k," and "c--ksucker."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Mention of Sony.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The protagonist is an alcoholic, so drinking and dealing with it are thematic: He appears dead-drunk at the start, attends AA meetings (which include discussions of other disorders, including eating), relapses (elaborate drinking with a stereotypical group of Irish family members), then recovers. Scenes set in bars. Frequent cigarette smoking.