http://slp-gent.be/reading-response-essay/Killers (2010) – movie reviews by Kate
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Rating: PG-13 for violent action, sexual material and language.
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara
Director: Robert Luketic
Plot: Trying to recover from a sudden break-up, Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) believes she’ll never fall in love again. But when she reluctantly joins her parents on a trip to the French Riviera, Jen happens to meet the man of her dreams, the dashing, handsome Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher). Three years later, her seemingly impossible wish has come true: she and Spencer are newlyweds living the ideal suburban life – that is, until the morning after Spencer’s 30th birthday when bullets start flying. Literally.
It turns out Spencer never bothered to tell Jen he’s also an international super-spy, and now Jen’s perfect world has been turned upside down. Faced with the fact that her husband is a hit man, Jen is determined to discover what other secrets Spencer might be keeping – all the while trying to dodge bullets, keep up neighborly appearances, manage the in-laws…and work out some major trust issues. And you thought suburban life was easy. –© Lionsgate
Running time: 1:39
Kate says – 2 1/2 “I’ll start of by telling you that the critics hate this movie. They knew before they even saw it, that they wouldn’t like it. That’s what happens when you tell the critics they can’t watch your film before it opens to the public, they naturally assume the worst. Imagine that! A movie critic looking for the worst. (I laugh at the notion…heehee) I’m sure Lionsgate was attempting to hold off the bad reviews until regular movie goers could proclaim from the rafters that they love this movie. Sadly, that’s not likely to happen. The most Killers can hope for is a grand proclamation of “It’s not that bad. I kind of liked it” So here’s what I have to say about Killers. It’s not the complete and awful disaster the critics would have you believe it is. I’ve seen a lot worse. Is it clever and witty and creative? Well…no and no and no. Does it have amazing and heart racing action scenes? Nope, again. Do we believe that the characters (Kutcher & Heigl) are madly in love. Not really. What this movie does have going for it is that it is charming…and pretty…and light-hearted summer fluff. And sometimes that just enough for some pleasant summer entertainment.”
Roger Moore (Orlando Sentinel) says – 1 1/2 stars “When your stars don’t have much chemistry — he plays a humorless version of his all-boy, all-bangs shtick, and she’s still playing the undersexed adult to man-child co-stars –the movie becomes fair game for supporting players to steal it. Tom Selleck, as her no-nonsense gun-nut dad, and Catherine O’Hara as the mother who copes with that marriage by hitting the bottle, almost do.“ http://marcellos.com/
Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) says – “D” “Because you liked Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up, and forgive her for The Ugly Truth. Because you think Ashton Kutcher is hawt. Because you’re a sucker for Catherine O’Hara doing one of her funny drinking characters, or Tom Selleck being ironically Sellecky in a mustache role. Because you’re in the mood to enjoy a crappy action rom-com in air-conditioned multiplex comfort on a hot early-summer’s night…By all means, go and enjoy Killers, which has been directed by Robert Luketic (who previously did his star no favors in The Ugly Truth). But don’t tell me I’m making too much out of nothing, because the steady drip-drip-drip of nothings like this are killing us all.” (read full review)
John P. McCarthy (Box Office Magazine) says 1 star (out of 5) “The ugly if obvious truth about Killers is that two comely stars do not a movie make. After this bomb, Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher may qualify as two of the most attractive and prematurely washed-up screen actors Hollywood has ever produced. The fact that their physical beauty is woven into the dialogue without being successfully deployed for laughs or plausible sexual tension only adds to the lameness.” (read full review)