I Love You to Death

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Released 1990

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Director:
Lawrence Kasdan
Released:
1990
Rating:
R
I Love You to Death is a dark comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan that centers on Rosalie Boca (Tracey Ullman), a harried Washington State wife who finds out that her once loving husband Joey (Kevin Kline) has been cheating on her for years and decides to get her revenge on him by putting him six feet under. They had a relatively happy marriage with his busy pizza parlor and her near obliviousness to her husband's after hours extra curricular activity. With the discovery of the truth and the push from her mother Nadja (Joan Plowright) and her coworker Devo Nod (River Phoenix), she puts a hit out on her husband, which ultimately turns out to be a bad idea as the incompetent hit men Harlan and Marlon James (William Hurt and Keanu Reeves) cannot seem to do their job. Whether they use poison, bullets, or even blunt force trauma, Joey continues to blissfully continue about his affairs and pizza business not quite realizing that he had eaten a good number of plates full of barbiturate-laced spaghetti. I Love You to Death is a humorous look of the old adage of hell hath no fury than a woman scorned and the man that keeps on kicking.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The result is an actor's dream, a film in which the truth of almost every scene has to be excavated out of the debris of social inhibition.

  • 60

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    More problematical is the tone of the film, which attempts to be both compassionate and goofy, though the events are funny only if they are seen as farcical.

  • 10

    Variety

    I Love You to Death is a stillborn attempt at black comedy.

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    Dark Comedy, Crime