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Review: 'Killer Joe' A Brilliant, Depraved, Black Comedy

July 25th, 2012 9:39pm EDT | Two Jews On Film By: Two Jews On Film favorite Add to My News

Killer Joe

'Killer Joe' written by the brilliant, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Tracy Letts (based on his play) and directed by the 70+ year old, William Friedkin (Exorcist) blew me away for many reasons.

But the main one is Matthew McConaughey's extraordinary Oscar worthy performance as cop/hitman, Killer Joe Cooper. Never has McConaughey been better or more terrifying.

The film is a black comedy. It's violent, sexual, raw, thrilling and yes, funny in a very dark twisted, sort of way.

The story revolves around a trailer trash dysfunctional family and the killer they hire to knock off someone, that is definitely NOT near and dear to them.

Sharla Smith (Gina Gershon) is a woman who enjoys parading her naked body around her stepson. Chris (Emile Hirsch) shares a trailer with her loser hubby, Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) and his daughter, Dottie (Juno Temple).

Chris borrowed a large sum of money from a group of nasty men and now they want it back. Trouble is, Chris is broke and can't pay them. But the dude has a plan...Kill his mother (Ansel's ex-wife) and collect the insurance money.

Daddy Ansel thinks it's a super idea and he's more than willingly to help his son execute the plan (now that's a good father).

Unfortunately, as creepy as our guys are, murder is not exactly their thing. So they hire a cop/hitman, Killer Joe Cooper to do the job for them.

Problem solved, right? Not quite. Killer Joe won't do the hit unless he's paid his fee of $10,000 upfront. Looks like the boys are back to square one and Chris's days are numbered.

But miracles do happen, even for a low life like Chris. Seems Joe has taken a fancy to kid sister Dottie and he agrees to forgo his $10,000 fee for...one dinner date with the lovely girl. Chris says no way, but Miss Dottie agrees.

Dinner starts out perfect, but then...well I don't want to spoil the fun by giving anything away.

What I will say is, what happens in 'Killer Joe,' is definitely jaw dropping shocking, making this movie one you'll remember for a very long time.

This is also one of  director William Friedkin's best films...Which just goes to prove the saying 'some things do get better with age.'

John and I both gave 'Killer Joe' which opens in theatres Friday July 27, 2010 4 1/2 bagles out of 5....John's biggest bagel score in a really long time.

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