Killer Joe

Tuesday, September 27 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Killer Joe

JOY REVIEW

Killer Joe is one of those movies that you don’t know exactly what to think about until the very end, and then you think um, maybe this is not a great idea. First of all, it stars Matthew McConaughey who is Killer Joe, a cop who does killing on the side. Thomas Hayden Church plays kind of a not too bright, second husband, to Gina Gershon, who is actually nearly unrecognizable in this, and they have a stepdaughter, played by Juno Temple, who is Thomas Hayden Church’s daughter from his first marriage, and also Emile Hirsch, who is the brother. Emile Hirsch turns out to owe a lot of money to thugs, who were going to beat him up. So they find out that mom has a life insurance policy for $50,000 left to the daughter. They hear about Killer Joe, and so they sort of contract with him to do the deed, but he wants his money up-front and they’re not going to get any money until they collect on insurance. But then he sees the daughter, Juno Temple, who plays kind of a vaguely retarded, virginal, not too bright but kind of sweet, who is always wandering around naked or in see-through things, and he decides that he’ll take her as a retainer. Emile then decides that he doesn’t want his sister to get involved with him. This gets very complicated, and I think it’s trying for Blood Simple, but it’s too violent, it’s too nasty, it’s too sexual, and it’s too unpleasant. You can see the plot twist coming, and I hope I’m not spoiling it by saying there are plot twists a million miles away, and at one point, Gina Gershon is performing oral sex on a Kentucky Fried Chicken leg, and Matthew McConaughey is holding it at the appropriate place and making all this noise. Does that turn you on? If so, you might like this movie, if not, I’d stay away. Maybe one-star, because the cast is at least famous, but I think this may be one you want to avoid.

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