Let's Kill Ward's Wife

 (1,847)5.41 h 22 min2015X-Ray
Everyone hates Ward's wife and wants her dead, but when his friends' murderous fantasies come true, additional complications arise. A blackly comic caper about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary.
Scott Foley
Patrick WilsonScott FoleyDonald Faison
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James CarpinelloScott FoleyJoe HardestyPatrick Wilson
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Phyl'licia L. DixonReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Crazy Good
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This movie is crazy, funny. It actually manages to have crude humor, which many movies attempt these days but totally miss (finally a movie that gets it right). I am biased though since the movie has most of my favorite actors in it: Scott Foley (The Unit, Scandal); Donald Faison (Scrubs); Amy Acker (Person of Interest, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and/or spinoffs) and Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, A Gifted Man, The A-Team). Favorite scene has to be the fireplace scene. LOL! Dagmara Dominczyk (The Count of Monte Cristo) was awesome as Ward’s wife. Some reviewer wrote that she went too far and all she needed was pink hair rollers and a frying pan. I say the chick with the rollers and frying pan needs to sit down and take notes from Dagmara. Oh my goodness, the scene with her and Scott Foley in the kitchen with the cake. Um, that’s good cake! This movie is absolutely crazy!!!
Rand StahlReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another Look At the Banality Of Evil, Done Humorously
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One reviewer wrote it's difficult to explain black comedy. Well, has that reviewer or any other viewer considered the irony underlying the story's series of events from which rises its humor? Comedy of this movie is rooted in the irony of the predicament and how the characters respond to that predicament. Hilarious moments occur many times in this movie.

Directed by Scott Foley is better known for his acting in TV shows, The Unit and Scandal. Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife comically portrays how a group of four friends, suburban professionals, conspire to get away with murder. The event of the killing itself is incidental, not premeditated. Or is it?

A premise such as this is the set-up in which the comedic action takes place. Besides this movie being a comedy, it is also a buddy movie. Through the situation brought on by the murder of Amanda, Ward’s wife, the story demonstrates an examination of how this specific murder affects the relationships between the four guys. How the situation of the murder is set up makes it so even wives of two characters, Tom and David, become quickly involved. Even the wives are neither horrified by what has transpired nor unwilling to participate in events connected to the murder's cover-up.

As a group there is very little remorse demonstrated by anyone. Instead the group’s behavior would be better fitting in the event of their killing, feather plucking, and then carving up a fresh chicken. It’s the group’s displayed nonchalance in this ghastly situation that makes this film humorous.

As said, shocking series of appalling events connected with the murder and its cover-up fail to elicit any semblance of horror in or among the characters except in one character, Ronnie. His sense of remorse occurs in sharp contrast to each character's matter of fact sense of banality about the murder.

That demonstrated effect of banality in the outrageous context of the murder and its cover-up is at the root of what makes this film a comedy. Perhaps that is the intent of the screenwriter, to dramatize another aspect of the banality of evil. Such banality ironically invites the viewer to identify with the characters.
takkun Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
average dark comedy
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If you are looking for a movie of this sort and haven't seen Very Bad Things, Home Sweet Hell, Arizona, or even Rough Night, i'd advise you check those out first and in that order. This movie isn't bad but it feels like a watered-down version of something good. It's dark comedy for sure with its fair share of disgusting moments and Patrick Wilson is great but it doesn't have the impact (at least for me) of the other movies mentioned.
SeeairReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2015
1.0 out of 5 stars
the only thing this movie achieved was making me wonder why any of these actors agreed to it
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Both my Significant other and I agreed- This movie is trying to be too many things and succeeds at none of them. During the ENTIRE movie you really don't know if you should be laughing, disgusted, or touched. The movie is all over the place, HIGHLY unrealistic, not funny in the slightest, and has probably one of the worst, most pointless endings I've seen in a movie.

We put this on knowing it wouldn't be that great, but wanted something kinda funny, morbid, and light hearted to watch...well the only thing this movie achieved was making me wonder why any of these actors agreed to make this movie.
Mustang827Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lightweight but Funny
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This is really somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. The setup is great! It is really easy to hate this bitch, and it's easy to see why they jokingly talk about offing her. However, the actual deed could have been so much more creatively done. Also the aftermath is chock full of giggles, but with a little more effort and direction this could have been a fall out of your seat laugh so hard type of movie. Finally the conclusion, if that is what it was was lame. In summary, it's good for laughs but if you do a doobie before hand it could be magnificent!
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JaredReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
This movie was funny! The first fifteen or twenty minutes were a ...
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This movie was funny! The first fifteen or twenty minutes were a little bit boring. But it takes off and the cast acts so funny the way they all react to the different circumstances surrounding them. I laughed out loud, and despite the cruelty (I knew the movie was supposed to be humorous) there were some actual feel good moments throughout the story also. A couple of plot twists and hidden secrets give the ending a couple good surprises that will leave you saying "ah-ha! very clever." Enjoy!
Kristin MurisonReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious, Smart, and super Dark
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This movie is very entertaining but not for anyone who does not like dark comedy. The movie is kind of gorey in respect to blood. The jokes are dry and dark so if that's your kind of humor you will love it. The acting is solid and the plot moves at just the right pace. I've already rewatched the movie because it was so entertaining. The dialogue and characterization feels fresh and is fun to watch. Mainly it's just a really solid movie. I watched initially for Amy Acker and I think she did a fantastic job and any fan of hers should see this movie.
E. P. KidaReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Let me make this a short & sweet review. When you watch YOU will want to ...
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Let me make this a short & sweet review.
When you watch YOU will want to kill Ward's wife... even if you're female. The woman is that annoying. How could ANYBODY marry this woman.
How could she have lived as long as she did without someone erasing her existence? How did the writers resist wiping her out (yes, she is that annoying...)
All is all, this a fun "buddy" movie. I recommend it for adults only.
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