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Movie Review: Killers (2010)
Spoilers: none

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Killers is a 2010 Action-Comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, focusing on the life of Jen Kornfeldt, a recently broken-up young woman from a well-to-do family who meets Spencer Aimes (Kutcher), the guy of her dreams in France. But things get complicated when she finds out that her knight in shining armor also happens to be a foreign spy.

This low-profile comedy is good enough never to rely on clich├ęs and always to buy and trade on the richly nourishing supply of good chemistry and naturally aspiring performances. Ashton is more of a mature charmer than he's ever been, with a brand new look, and with Heigl as a sensational match-up.

As Jen's insensitively blunt but keen-minded father, Mr. Kornfeldt (Tom Selleck) is not as much of a submissive pushover as in the Magnum P.I. days. Pretty boy actors are often given rotten roles. It's refreshing to find Selleck in a part that fits his rougher, foreign looks and sophisticated mannerisms.

An intelligent, thoughtful, if slow-to-start romancer that will have scarcely little by way of roaring laughs, but lots by way of the performances of the lead characters, Killers says a lot about honesty in relationships; namely, about how nature can get the best of us in that we often select a mate not unlike the opposite sex parent we get along with the least.

Two-and-a-half stars for this forgettable and occasionally awkward (but always well blended) action-packed, laugh-light romantic comedy.

(JH)

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Grade: C+ (2 ½  stars)
Rated: PG-13 (for violent action, sexual material, and language)
Director: Robert Luketic
Summary: A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple.
Starring: Ashton Kutcher "Spencer Aimes," Katherine Heigl "Jen Kornfeldt," Tom Selleck "Mr. Kornfeldt," Catherine O'Hara "Mrs. Kornfeldt," Katheryn Winnick "Vivian"
Genre: Action / Comedy / Romance / Thriller
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