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I Love You to Death
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Oct 5, 2004 By: JoBlo
I Love You to Death order
Director:
Lawrence Kasdan

Actors:
Kevin Kline
Tracey Ullman
River Phoenix

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Based on a true story, a seemingly nice, married Italian pizza parlor owner is said to be cheating on his wife with various women from around the neighborhood, a claim which his wife cannot believe until she accidentally spots him with one of his lovers one day. Distraught and confused about what to do next, the woman asks her mother and a good friend from work to help kill her husband. Seeing as nobody is particularly experienced in the field of murder, a couple of drug-addled goofs are hired for their services, soon thereafter. Humor ensues?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I've given this film a few chances over the years and was willing to give it one more shot when I got this dvd, but I have to tell you...it just doesn't do it for me. With a premise as factual and ripe as this one, with a cast as diverse and talented as the one found here and with a director as experienced as Lawrence Kasdan, there is just so much more that this film could have been, but ultimately it's a semi-interesting story with a few laughs, some fun characters and a shot of Phoebe Cates' ass, but nothing to truly gather your friends around the TV over (save for the aforementioned shot of said ass). The film is probably more interesting for its quirky facts than anything, including the fact that River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves both play pretty big boneheads here, but went on to co-star as very serious male hustlers in Gus Van Sant's MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO the very next year.

It's also very well known for Kevin Kline's extremely over-the-top Italian accent (although in his defense, that's apparently exactly how the real-life gentleman spoke as well) and an early appearance by the talent-challenged, Heather Graham (who surprisingly doesn't remove her top here). But back to the film review. Like I said earlier, I suppose that I always expect more from this film, especially since I usually love black humor (see THE WAR OF THE ROSES), but other than an inspired presentation by Joan Plowright as the no-nonsense Yugoslavian mom, the film just didn't provide for enough laughs and even went a little slapstick in the end, with Reeves' character bouncing into walls and not understanding anything that anyone was saying. Hardy-har-har? Decent for a quiet evening at home with little more on the mind than an hour and a half with some kooky characters, but not much more.
THE EXTRAS
Nothing here except three trailers for films which include the word "murder" in their titles (clever?), but not a one for this film. Huh? Watching the trailer for Woody Allen's MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY cracked me up more than anything in this film ("Jesus, save a little craziness for menopause!")
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Other than the splendid shot of Phoebe Cates' luscious behind (or did I mention that already?), not much about this film excited me, despite a well-rounded, fun cast, a couple of decent laughs and a memorable performance by Joan Plowright. The disc is also devoid of any extras, so to purchase it unless you were a huge fan of the film would not be advisable. Rent it when you and your girl/boyfriend are bored one night and then discuss the number of ways that you would kill each other...if you had to...of course.
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