Voltage Pictures, Picture Perfect (I), Worldview Entertainment,

Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church, Scott A. Martin, Gralen Bryant Banks, Carol Sutton, Danny Epper, Jeff Galpin

Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is a texas drug dealer who is in serious financial trouble. He is estranged from his Mom who left them, and lives with his Dad, Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) and his sister Dottie (Juno Temple) and Dad’s new sweetie/wife Sharla (Gina Gershon). Since no one is a fan of Mama, and because she has a large life insurance policy they come up with the idea of hiring a killer, Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) who is also a police detective. What follows is a laughable but extremely graphic screw up, which just gets worse and worse and worse.

Look at the talent in this movie! Why did any of them sign on to this? Well, here goes. First of all, it’s supposed to be funny, like hysterically funny. But though it is ridiculous, it’s not all that funny. Then, to top it off, it’s gross. This is the NC-17 version of “Raising Hope” with the lowest denominator of humanity, like watching a “Too Hot for TV – Jerry Springer” DVD. The story is stupid, but with this stupid family, why not? Killer Joe is an imbecile too, although a little bit of power and control keeps him a step above everybody, but he a worthless human being like the rest of them. Then like a dirty Tarantino film, it’s got gore and some really graphic scenes that will definitely make you look away. It doesn’t really show anything really, but still it’s so graphic in it’s appearance that it’s really, really hard to watch. This is definitely a niche film that will have it’s fans who love goth horror sex done as crassly as possible, but for the mainstream movie audience, there’s just no reason to sit through this. It’s about the quality of a Machete film, but at least those have a story and are lots of fun. With Machete and Kill Bill as a comparison, this film is not even close to any of the real Tarantino films. Full of graphic scenes and horrible violence, this is definitely one for most of us to avoid like the plague. I can see why the actors could have done this as a diversion. It must have been fun to film, but it’s not much fun to watch.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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