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KILLERS (2010) **

Katherine Heigl tries to get over her breakup with her boyfriend by going on vacation to Nice with her parents (Catherine O’Hara and Tom Selleck). There, she meets the man of her dreams (Ashton Kutcher) and they quickly fall in love and get married. Three years into their wedded bliss, a bunch of hired guns try to kill them. Of course, Kutcher forgot to tell her that he is a retired assassin. In between dodging bullets, they argue and fight like a married couple and have to decide if their relationship is worth saving.

I freely admit Rom-Com movies aren’t my cup of tea. Killers isn’t exactly Earl Grey either. Director Robert (Legally Blonde) Luketic seems to think that having a married couple bicker and argue while someone is trying to kill them is funny and he runs that joke mercilessly into the ground. His handling of the action sequences is competent at best, although I did like the scene where a chick got impaled on deer antlers; the best of its kind since the original Silent Night, Deadly Night.

Part of the problem is that it’s hard to buy Ashton Kutcher as an assassin. Kutcher is at his best when he’s playing a goofy stoner type of character. Here, he’s out of his depth trying to play a debonair man of mystery. Heigl has a tendency to grate on my nerves, but she’s okay playing a goofy comedienne in the vein of Goldie Hawn. She doesn’t have much chemistry with Kutcher, although considering the script; they really weren’t given much to work with.

Catherine O’Hara and Tom Selleck are fun to watch as Heigl’s parents. They’re easily the best part of the movie. Selleck in particular gets a couple of laughs, and it’s a shame he doesn’t get more roles like this to show off his comic timing.

AKA: Kiss and Kill.

Tags: comedy, k
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