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Killing Gunther

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Gratuitous violence, language in dreadful dark comedy.

Movie R 2017 93 minutes
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This is a stupid and terrible movie. It's almost impressive how a movie that's supposed to be a comedy, one directed, written, and acted by comedic performers, fails to generate a single moment of humor. In this faux-documentary, these hitmen and hitwomen who are trying to kill the alpha of hitmen (played by an actor that's supposed to be a surprise, but even the most cursory internet search spoils that potential fun) resort to violence at any given opportunity, and are the victims of violence themselves at the hands of said alpha hitman. None of it works, and the result is a lot of gratuitous violence, boozing, and self indulgent karaoke. That they couldn't even get humor out of these characters performing karaoke speaks volumes.

There probably was a decent idea behind this, as it comes across as an attempt to parody the sensibility of Tarantino and all he hath wrought, as well as perhaps the Oceans series, only with SNL alums instead of an A-List cast. Unfortunately, something got lost along the way. When comedy like this doesn't work, it just comes across as smug and cynical. That's pretty much what lingers after watching this movie. By the time we get to the "big reveal" of Gunther's identity, there's more of a relief that the movie is nearly over instead of caring one way or the other what happens to these characters.

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