by Tony Medley
Not for children.
It’s really difficult to give this film such a
positive rating because I don’t know when I’ve heard worse dialogue or a
more contrived romantic setup. Director Robert Luketic has taken a
pathetically weak script with a pitifully contrived romantic setup, and
made them into something entertaining. Luketic directed Legally
Blonde (2001) and The Ugly Truth (2009). The former was a big
hit. I guess I was one of the few who liked the latter. I thought it
The setup for the first date between Spencer
(Ashton Kutcher) and Jen (Katherine Heigl) is truly ludicrous. When she
sees her dysfunctional parents, Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara,
looking at the menu at the restaurant where she’s dining with Spencer
she dives under the table and makes up a ridiculous story to tell
Spencer about why she’s avoiding Selleck. The dialogue between the two
goes downhill from there.
Spencer is one of Hollywood’s favorite
unrealistic characters, just an ordinary guy who just happens to be a
contract killer. But, hey, he’s really a nice guy. So he meets Jen, who
is drop dead gorgeous and can’t find a man, further straining credulity.
Spencer is so taken with Jen that he decides to retire from his job of
killing people and become the ordinary guy he always has been instead of
the sociopath he became after he was recruited to kill people. It’s
really easy, so long as you are on a Hollywood sound stage.
They marry, move to suburbia, and three years
later they find that just about everyone is out to kill them. This is
when the movie picks up, even though it never explains how Spencer makes
a living. If you can ignore all the plot holes the adventure is
entertaining. Most of this is due to two things. The first is that
Luketic is a talented director who knows about pace. The second is that
Heigl and Kutcher are gratifying and likeable light comedic actors. I
like all three of them and I finally enjoyed this movie, despite the
script and dismal setup.