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Killers

Released

Latest Home Video

Sep 07, 2010

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

101

Director

Robert Luketic

Cast

Katherine Heigl

Ashton Kutcher

Studio

2010 Lionsgate

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Still shot from the movie: Killers.

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Overall D+
ViolenceD+
SexC+
LanguageC
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time101

Making the Grades

Recovering from a bad breakup, Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) is stuck vacationing in Nice with her over protective father and constantly imbibing mother (Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara). The young woman is happy to finally have a moment alone in the elevator, until the doors open to reveal Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher), a handsome young man with big muscles and no shirt. Suddenly desiring company, Jen gasps her way through some awkward small talk until she gets a dinner invitation. This chance meeting marks the beginning of a whirlwind romance that leads to marriage and a big house in the suburbs.

The only problem with the speed of their relationship is there are a few things Spencer hasn’t found the time to tell Jen. Probably the most important item is his past employment as a professional killer. To his credit, he did try to confess on their first date—but she fell asleep. Although he promptly resigned after falling for the beautiful blonde, retiring from the assassination business isn’t the easiest thing to do.

Three years into living happily ever after, the reformed hit man is once again contacted by his former boss. Spencer is quick to turn down the proposed assignment, not realizing his refusal will lead to a $20 million bounty being placed on his head. After other guns for hire hear about the reward, his once peaceful neighborhood transforms into a war zone where hedge clippers are replaced by automatic weapons and SUVs are used to mow down people.

Of course all of this is a complete surprise for poor Jen when she stumbles upon her husband locked in mortal combat with a coworker. Between flying punches and stabbing knifes, Spencer attempts to explain the reason why their best friends have unexpectedly turned into their worst enemies.

Discovering she’s tied the knot with some sort of ex-spy is not good news for the usually cautious woman, and probably won’t impress family viewers either. As the mayhem escalates, with impalings, shootings, explosions, vehicle collisions, and strangulations, so does the amount of blood and carnage seen on the screen. While the violence is portrayed in a comedic context, it is increasingly difficult to see what is so funny about murder and betrayal.

The plot also aims to get laughs by including frequent sexual comments, references to pornography and depictions of alcoholism. As well, frequent profanities and the use of a sexual hand gesture punctuate the script.

With a casual towards killing and showing no consequences, this silly and implausible story will most likely feel like a long 90 minutes of torture—leaving the audience wishing for a quick and painless death.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Killers.

In this movie a character says that it is normal for married people to lie to each other. How do you feel about that remark? Are there times when not telling the truth is justified? How does this character feel when he is the one being lied to?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, Coarse Language.
AB PG Violence, Coarse Language.
MB PG Not Recommended For Young Children, Violence, Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Violence, Language May Offend.
QC G Not recommended for children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Killers...

Killers will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 7, 2010. Both formats include the following bonus extras:

- Featurette: Killer Chemistry: Behind the Scenes with the Killers’ Cast

- Gag reel

- Deleted, alternate and extended scenes

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Familyof2 says: Aug. 03, 2010

My husband and I were really looking forward to this movie, as the previews showed an action packed semi-comedy of a woman not realizing she married a spy. And THAT is all true…but was NOT made clear was the amount of graphic violence that would be showed.  The fact that not knowing which of the many neighbors shown would end up being a “bad guy” was quite the adrenalin rush, but I found myself having to duck my head and close my eyes for a lot of it, because I did not want the images of graphically seeing someone murdered imprinted in my memory forever.  There are also a LOT of blatant sexual references made in a disgusting manner by a co-worker.

I think it would have been a pretty good movie had they taken those two things out.  DEFINITELY do NOT recommend this movie for kids.  There was a man behind us in the theatre who had brought about 7 kids (about ages 7-10) with him, and they were all laughing at the gory killing scenes.  Not exactly the next generation of Americans I want running the country!

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