You Kill Me

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Released 2007

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Director:
John Dahl
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
You Kill Me is a 2007 crime film about an alcoholic hit man who is forced by his bosses to get sober. Frank Falenczyk (Ben Kingsley) has been knocking off people for the Polish mob for decades in Buffalo, New York. While his life is unhappy, he is at least successful at his job. That begins to change, though, when his addiction to alcohol begins to disrupt his work. During one critical assignment, he actually passes out in his car, causing a huge amount of trouble for his mob bosses. Angry with Frank, but concerned about his health, his mobster uncle, Roman (Philip Baker Hall), ships him out to San Francisco so that he can get sober. He arrives in California and begins attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but is more interested in cultivating a relationship with the beautiful mortician, Laurel Pearson (Tea Leoni). Will Frank succeed in getting sober and becoming a trusty hit man again, or will his relationship with a new woman set his life on a different path?moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Straight-up ridiculous, but it's also consistently funny and nicely played by a well-complemented cast that finds its collective groove and never misses a beat.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    We've seen the inner lives of hit men and mobsters rendered innumerably in recent years on film and television, but You Kill Me does it in a satisfyingly comedic way, loaded with e...

  • 70

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    With an eclectic mix of strong-minded thesps all pulling in slightly different directions, this shape-shifting genre hybrid successfully commingles 12-step therapy, romantic comedy...

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Mobsters, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Crime