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You Kill Me (2007)

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While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hitman befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores.

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John Dahl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Frank Falenczyk
Téa Leoni ... Laurel Pearson
Luke Wilson ... Tom
Dennis Farina ... Edward O'Leary
Philip Baker Hall ... Roman Krzeminski
Bill Pullman ... Dave
Marcus Thomas ... Stef Krzeminski
Scott Heindl ... James Doyle
Alison Sealy-Smith Alison Sealy-Smith ... Doris Rainford (as Allison Sealy-Smith)
Aron Tager ... Walter Fitzgerald
Jayne Eastwood ... Kathleen Fitzgerald
Al Corley ... Man in Park
Erik Fjeldsted Erik Fjeldsted ... Kevin
Aaron Hughes ... Stanley
Devin McCracken Devin McCracken ... Henry
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Storyline

Frank Falenczyk loves his job. He just happens to be the hitman for his Polish mob family in Buffalo, New York. But Frank's got a drinking problem and when he messes up a critical assignment that puts the family business in peril, his uncle sends him to San Francisco to clean up his act. Frank is not a touchy-feely kind of guy, but he starts going to AA meetings, gets a sponsor and a job at a mortuary where he falls for the tart-tongued Laurel, a woman who is dangerously devoid of boundaries. Meanwhile, things aren't going well in Buffalo where an upstart Irish gang is threatening the family business. When violence erupts, Frank is forced to return home and with an unlikely assist from Laurel, faces old rivals on new terms.

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"Hi, my name is Frank I'm an alcoholic. I kill people for a living... This is anonymous, right?" See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tú me matas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$247,000, 24 June 2007

Gross USA:

$2,429,367

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,748,295
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in twenty-six days. See more »

Goofs

When Frank and Laurel are sitting in the mall (food court), addressing envelopes to the next of kin he killed 'wrong' , there is a store sign in the background, Telus, a telecommunications company based in Canada, which does not serve the US, let alone San Francisco. See more »

Quotes

Laurel Pearson: [when Frank doesn't show up for a date, Laurel sits watching TV] Douchebag.
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Laurel Pearson: Cocksucker.
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Laurel Pearson: Fuckhead.
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Features The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »

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Requiem for Bowling Shoes
Written and Performed by Robert Miles Kane (as Robert Kane)
Courtesy of Robert Kane
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Dark Comedy Showcases Leoni's Talents
11 July 2007 | by WriterDaveSee all my reviews

"You Kill Me" is as dark a comedy as you can get. It may also be the first artistically successful romantic comedy noir. Directed by John Dahl (best known for his indie-noirs "Red Rock West" and "The Last Seduction" and the underrated killer trucker flick "Joyride"), the film depicts a hit man (Ben Kingsley-deep in character) forced into Alcoholics Anonymous by his "family" because his drinking has been affecting his ability to kill people. Shipped off to San Franscisco to start his 12 Steps, he picks up a part-time gig at a funeral home and meets a sassy single woman with "boundary issues" (Tea Leoni-hilarious) after her step-dad dies and proceeds to start an unconventional romance with her while struggling to stay on the wagon and learn how to kill again.

The film starts off very low key, and Dahl keeps such a consistently dark tone it's hard to adjust to the cadence. As good as Kingsley is here, the show really belongs to Leoni. When she finally arrives on the scene, the film reaches a level of hilarity you weren't expecting. Her facial expressions, comic timing, and interplay with Kingsley as she learns the truth about his past are pure gold. Leoni has had her fair share of commercial successes ("Bad Boys," "Deep Impact," "The Family Man", and "Jurassic Park III") but it's in this type of offbeat low-budget comedy where she really shines. She was dynamite in "Flirting with Disaster" and was the best foil for Woody Allen since Diane Keaton in the otherwise forgettable "Hollywood Ending." Here all her comic charms are on display, and she proves that at the age of 40, she is aging not only gracefully and naturally, but with all her sexiness and innate talents in tact.

While the film goes through the predictable motions in its final act, it's the gooey goodness of the middle portion (especially one laugh-out-loud montage of Leoni helping Kingsley train for his return to "work") that will leave a smile on your face, with Leoni's luminosity as a comedic actress scorched into your mind.


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