Movie Review: You Kill Me
Alternate Title: Nobody's Perfect
Story: The little film that could have - but didn't. The premise had promise but short of a few entertaining moments this film can be filed under the DOA list.
Buffalo mob hit man Frank Falencyck is literally falling asleep on the job due to his growing alcoholism. The kindly family mob boss sends him to San Francisco to get into an AA program and get his life back together.
Director John Dahl (Red Rock West, The Last Seduction) delivers moments of solid entertainment but there are too many undeveloped characters and scenes that leaves us wanting. The screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely has huge holes and serious blemishes. Ho hum.
The good news is that there are appealing actors, some funny moments (most seen in the previews) and unusual pairings of actors. Save your money and see this on Cable in four months.
Acting: Ben Kingsley as Frank has some terrific moments and seems to be enjoying his comic, tough guy role. However, his accent was all of the place and I found it distracting. Téa Leoni as Laurel, Frank's new girlfriend, is fun to watch. She has that glean in her eye that allows you to know she is smart and gets it. She was also one of the films' producers and lucky her, she has David Duchovney to go home to at night in real life. Luke Wilson as Frank's AA sponsor is underutilized. Dennis Farina, Philip Baker Hall and Bill Pullman round out the undeveloped cast of characters.
Critters: One turtle as a house pet.
Soundtrack: I can't remember.
Opening Titles: A graphically pleasing use of type and high contrast shots to lead you into the picture.
Theater Audience: A semi-comatose bunch of movie goers and my two movie pals (who liked it far more than I did).
Weather: Snow in Buffalo (or Manitoba) and nice in SF with bouts of rain.
Sappy Factor: 0
Quirky Meter: 1
Squirm Scale: 0
Drift Factor: I started to look at my watch at one hour.
Predictability Level: High
Tissue Usage: 0
Oscar Worthy: No
Big Screen or Rental: Ben Kingsley is a GREAT actor. here are some of my favorite films of his to rent: House of Sand and Fog, Sexy Beast, Death and the Maiden, Schindler's List, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Dave, Maurice and of course the amazing, Gandhi
Length: Under two hours
LOBO HOWLS: 5