The action rom-com Killers is like True Lies diluted with Sunny D and wine cooler -- it’s a reasonably acceptable but undeniably crappier version of a story you’ve seen before. The necessary parts for this story are one blissfully suburban couple, one husband harboring a secret life as a deadly, covert agent, and one crazy set of circumstances that blow the guy’s cover and serve as a loose metaphor for the truths people keep hidden from their spouses in marriage.
Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl play the couple in question, Spencer and Jen, who get together in Nice, France, while Spencer is taking out his latest target, and Jen is getting over a breakup while on vacation with her parents (Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara). When they fall in love, Spencer decides to leave his old job behind and marry Jen, switching gears to run a construction company, and happily settling down just a few minutes down the road from Jen’s somewhat overbearing folks. Of course, when Spencer’s old boss contacts him, hoping to bring his old point man back into the fold, that’s when seemingly innocent neighbors all bust out their automatic weapons and picket fences start getting blown up, sending Spencer and Jen on the run, trying to figure out who wants to kill them as Spence tries his best to explain the former life he never told his wife about.
There are funny moments in Killers, which is no surprise with Catherine O’Hara on board playing a baby boomer with a drinking problem, and like most comedies these days, just about every supporting role is played by a sketch comedy vet (in this case, Rob Riggle and Casey Wilson). But the handful of laughs doesn’t make up for the fact that this is a plot we’ve seen enacted before so much better. Maybe it’s not fair to compare, but Killers is certainly no True Lies or Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It is, however, good for a giggle, so if you like your comedy light and your action even lighter, this movie could still give you what you want.
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- Released: 2010
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: The action rom-com Killers is like True Lies diluted with Sunny D and wine cooler -- it’s a reasonably acceptable but undeniably crappier version of a story you’ve seen before. The necessary parts for this story are one blissfully suburban couple, one husb… (more)