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Kill Me Later

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Dana Lustig

Selma Blair and Max Beesley play amusingly star-crossed lovers in Dana Lustig's KILL ME LATER. Blair is Shawn, a young woman struggling with her own self-negating romantic impulses. She's involved with a selfish married man (D.W. Moffett) who, … see full wiki

Cast: D.W. Moffett
Director: Dana Lustig
Release Date: 2001
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Kill Me Later

Kill Me Later – what an odd title…

  • Dec 1, 2005
Pros: Cute and didn’t annoy me like I thought it might end up doing

Cons: What’s with the weird blue transitions?

The Bottom Line: Suicide isn’t the answer folks – but it might land you a cute English guy (*sweet*)

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Have you ever noticed that I tend to do my random reviews at times like 1am? When I’m supposed to be doing homework this time. I have tons of projects and work to do, and what am I doing? Half-writing, half-watching the WE (Women’s Entertainment) channel (which uh, never happens). But they had a commercial for a movie called Kill Me Later and I noticed it had Selma Blair in it, whom I recognized from Cruel Intentions, heard their little spiel, and my interest was piqued.

Two people are jumping off a bridge…how did they end up there?

Rewind 24 hours earlier to meet Shawn Holloway (Selma Blair). Shawn isn’t having a good day – she realizes her lover is more of a scum than she thought, her goldfish has died, shaving razors aren’t good for slitting wrists, and, well, let’s face it, Shawn isn’t even having a good life. But she goes to work looking both elegantly beautiful and totally desolate at once, and after a brief time at the office, makes a decision…

Meanwhile, Charlie Anders (Max Beesley – Torque) is rockin’ out on his drum set at the dock. He gets ready for the day like anyone else – a good shave, appropriate clothing, meeting the guys to carpool…making sure his gun is ready, putting on his mask…

Shawn’s decision is to jump off the roof the bank. As she works herself up to do it, someone in a nearby building spots her and calls the police. At ground level, Charlie and his partner crack several guards over the head and in the face and grab up what money they can from the unloading truck, managing to snag at least a million – except now the cops are coming. Charlie gets separated from his partner and their driver splits, so he takes the stairs and grabs Shawn just as she’s about to jump, holding her hostage.

From then on the two are constantly running from the police and Shawn and Charlie find out more than they might have expected from each other. Now it’s just a matter of time before Charlie and Shawn both find their way out of their problems.

I liked it. Charlie has a lovely English accent, and to be honest I have a thing for English guys so I nearly fell out of my chair when I heard him talking (yeah, English accents turn me on, what can I say?). And he’s a cutie too, so I was hooked. True, he’s a bit of your typical “I’m a nice thief and don’t kill people” kind of guy so you’re meant to like him even though that sort of character is a bit overdone. I didn’t mind though because it’s been a while since I’ve seen a fun thief. Heck, I want to be kidnapped by someone like him now – gotta have the accent though.

Shawn – Selma, did well in this role. She is suicidal throughout almost the entire movie, and I thought it would get annoying but somehow it didn’t. I liked the contrast of her beauty and mental issues – I felt she worked it out well. I’m no professional critic, but who listens to them anyway? ^_~

The two cops working on the case, Agent McGinley (O'Neal Compton – Nell) and Agent Reed (Lochlyn Munro – Dead Man On Campus) were amusing, though they have their serious points too. I’ll have to admit, they were a little cardboard cut-out-ish; McGinley as the experienced cop paired with the young, eager Reed, but I enjoyed them.

I was anxious a lot of the time, trying to figure out how Charlie was going to get away with the money (because of course you want him to…I was wrong, by the way, in all my guesses, haha), and pondering just what was making Shawn suicidal. Of course, due to WE it sounded like they were going to hook up so I kept waiting for them to start making out or something, and was getting really worried as the movie began heading to the ending (but I’m not going to say if I was satisfied or not).

Problems with the movie? Well I really did like the editing job, artsy and effective, but there were a few transitions that faded into an eye-burning blue color that I didn’t understand and felt was unnecessary. If there was a purpose I missed it. As I mentioned, Shawn’s suicidal manner didn’t bother me, but I can see it getting to other people. The movie isn’t overly magical, and if you’re serious about your characters and movie critiquing, you’re probably not going to give two cents about this. But I don’t need movies to have tons of internal meaning and super fantastic acting to make me happy. Whatever you’re into. *shrug*

Actual rating of the movie: 4.5


P.S. I’ve actually seen the very end of this movie before, and remember thinking to myself, “Hm. I wonder what the hell that was…”


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