Killers

 (1,968)5.51 h 40 min2010X-RayPG-13
Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) is just your average, undercover, government-hired super-assassin. When he meets Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl), he finds true love... Enjoying a picture-perfect marriage, Spencer becomes the target of a multi-million dollar hit. Now Spencer and Jen are on the run for their lives.
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lionsgate
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Ashton KutcherKatherine HeiglTom Selleck
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ComedyAction
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English [CC]
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English
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Catherine O'HaraKatheryn WinnickKevin SussmanLisa Ann WalterCasey WilsonRob Riggle
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Frank DogheartyReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Watch it as a parody, if you can; the rest is uncertain
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Considering it was low-budget, it's not so terrible, but quite irritating, quite often.

The script, however, is quite inane with is crudeness: Besides other mundane expressions, "OMG!" and "Are you all right?" are uttered countless times, just like in all movies distributed in the US and related countries in the past 40-50 years.

As other commenters observed, the boy can hardly act, but at least is not looking disturbing, as opposed to the girl. Mom and Dad's acting were fine.

The plot itself could have been used for a satire or a slapstick, but not with such an unimaginative scriptwriter, whose vocabulary is at the grade-school level and the consistency of the story is something a second-grader could have made up.

It drags out the beginning for half an hour and foul language presides. In the second half, it speeds up, but the genre becomes even more mixed, because slapstick joins the romance/spy story sideshows.

It reminds me of "Gotcha!" from 1986 (I believe, that's the date), but that one never forgot that it was slapstick. This one should have focused on that and it would have been good!

If you are able to suspend your disbelief and forget about thinking, you might like this one, too.
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Pen NameReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of those fun-to-watch, non-stop-action films where you can't trust anybody!
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I really enjoyed the casting choices made in this one! Katherine Heigl plays Jen, an incredibly beautiful & refreshing young blonde American woman awkwardly vacationing in Nice (France) with her parents (Tom Selleck & Catherine O'Hara), where she ends up meeting a dashing young CIA assassin named Spence (Ashton Kutcher) - of course, Jen doesn't know anything about this, at least not until after they're married and living a comfortable life in the suburbs, at which point all heck suddenly breaks loose! I really enjoyed watching this one, as it's one of those light-hearted spy-film-romance/comedies that never gets too serious or confusing.
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RickiDooReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
I Was Hoping For Better
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I read in another review that there was a lack of chemistry between the two leads. I'd extend that comment to all characters, major and minor. The movie... indeed each scene... just felt uninspired. I wanted it to be a movie I could sit there with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy. I made it through to the end but it was more out of respect of Heigl and Kutcher and the hope that at least some part of the movie would connect with me. It's not a terrible or bad movie. It's just... uninspired.
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Paul S. PersonReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Standard Rom-Com. With Killers.
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This is, at heart, a romantic comedy.
It follows the usual lines: meet cute, marriage, problems, utter madness, resolution.
The problems involve the husband, a CIA agent who quit and who now has a price on his head. No big surprise there, either.
Still, it's all well done, the villain is a surprise, and you have multiple things going on at once.
I was entertained by it, something I cannot say about most rom-coms.
If you like rom-coms, you should like this one.
H. BalaReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
"Let's just say that I worked for the blah, blah, blah, and they gave me a license to blah."
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Jen Kornfeldt just got dumped by her boyfriend, and it's partly because Jen isn't adventurous enough for his taste, too cautious, too fuddy-duddy. She and her very judgmental parents (Catherine O'Hara, Tom Selleck) go holidaying in the south of France, partly to assuage Jen's heartache. In Nice, Jen bumps into Spencer, this charming hunk of a guy. Sparks fly. Whirlwind romance. Swift wedding. The whole mushy works.

Spencer isn't the straight arrow guy Jen thinks he is. Spencer is, instead, a highly skilled government-sanctioned hit man. Except that when Spencer meets Jen, he really does fall in love with her. Wanting a crack at normalcy, he gives up the assassin's life, in spite of ominous threats issued by his handler.

Three years later, basking in marital bliss, living in suburban paradise, Spencer learns that the agency hasn't forgotten him. KILLERS then tells of Spencer and Jen's very long day, rife with domestic disputes, career obligations, parental interference... and lots of frantically dodging hordes of hit men. I guess, for a twenty million dollar bounty, I'd take a shot at Spencer myself. For Spencer, that assassins are coming out of the woodwork all wetworksy pales to insignificance when compared to just how the hell is he going to explain all this to Jen without getting the cold freeze? Or that's the tone the film achieves, anyway.

KILLERS tries for a bit of that ROMANCING THE STONE magic, comes off as a lightweight incarnation of MR. & MRS. SMITH. That this vehicle is found wanting isn't the actors' fault, not really. Three of the four core performers are really good, even Ashton Kutcher who's going for his first action role. Katherine Heigl is still very much in her element, even with the film's tone tottering between romantic comedy and espionage thriller. Heigl is expert and very appealing at playing the naturally sexy girl stricken with a palpable touch of insecurity and dorkiness. This comes into play early in the film, and it's too bad that Heigl seems to lose that sense of vulnerability as the story progresses. Her killer chemistry with Kutcher fuels the narrative. It's certainly not the unsnappy dialogue.

Catherine O'Hara and Tom Selleck are those parents who are absolutely nightmarish to meet for any prospective boyfriend. O'Hara does her usual over-the-top schtick but it's offset by Selleck's wonderfully deadpan performance. Selleck is perfect for the disapproving fatherly part, and he intimidatingly looms over Kutcher (I'm a bit biased about Tom Selleck; he's a favorite actor).

I guess, SPOILERS for this next paragraph:

I'm a laid back "critic," so ultimately, I find enough to like about the movie to marginally recommend it. Mostly it's because I like the cast and the always catchy premise. Maybe the best permutation of this premise is TRUE LIES or maybe GROSSE POINTE BLANK, although I'm also very partial to MR. & MRS. SMITH and PRIZZI'S HONOR. In a nutshell, KILLERS looks gorgeous and feels shallow. The screenplay is bland and cliched. The action bits don't exactly get me off my seat. Several plot points felt off. For one thing, I didn't like that there's this underlying ugliness regarding the who and why of the person responsible for putting the hit on Spencer. But maybe my biggest beef is the shedding of whatever element of surprise there is in the movie. At that point, that sense of believability, already compromised, also gives up the ghost. It makes some sense, I suppose, that Spencer's neighbors would comprise some of the bounty hunters - but every friggin' one of them? (Okay, I guess the fence lady isn't a contract killer, she's just really annoying.) The very first attempt at Spencer is startling and effective because you don't expect it, because it isn't telegraphed. But the hits after that, and the fact that it turns out every damn neighbor introduced earlier is gunning for him... Man, the sheer repetitiveness of it is brutal. The doses of sturm und drang - dreary and uninspired - tend to drag down the film. Sturm und drag. But, erm, yeah, I'm still recommending it.
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TrinityReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
We loved it!
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If you've been married even for just a few years, get this movie. I've always liked the gal from Grey's Anatomy and never liked the guy from that 70's show. I have to tell you, he was fantastic, imo, in this movie. I didn't know he had it in him. The banter is so real between them. Sure I figured out the ending, but I do that a lot and the movie was so much fun, I didn't care. One poster said don't have a lot of expectations. I warned my wife and then we watched it. We've been married for over 31 years and I'm telling you, it was like watching ourselves years ago. We laughed and laughed at this movie. Very entertaining. The action is just right. The plot was just right. For once the trailers don't give it away and you can thoroughly sit back and enjoy! One that will be fun to watch again.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fine lively Comedy
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Not Ninotchka, Not Animal Crackers, but a warm entertaining comedy, which will lighten up even a blue Monday. The stars are an attractive pair and the always engaging Tom Selleck adds a bit as the father-in-law of the groom. Its an old story, girl unknowingly marries a guy with a dark past which only reveals itself after it is too late to back out (or in this case, after being married for three years). Don't want to reveal any of the twists and turns, but we do know he is a Killer working for the government before he met her. After three years of marriage, years which we are not shown, the story picks up with a message he receives from his old boss in the organization for which he has not worked since marrying. After that come a series of amusing events which are well handled. There is no heavy going between the laughs and nothing to be considered with any degree of seriousness. Suitable for most age groups and not a bit raunchy.
5 people found this helpful
AmazonAddictReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it!
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Although I am not a Heigl fan, the remaining cast more than makes up for her appearance in this entertaining movie. This was a good role for her, but the Kutcher/Selleck dynamic outshines her performance by far. Action packed with humor weaved throughout and a supporting cast that makes it worth the money to rent.
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