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Trailer for the NC-17-rated Killer Joe with Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, and Juno Temple

05.08.2012

The trailer for director William Friedkin's NC-17-rated KILLER JOE starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, and Thomas Haden Church is now online for your viewing pleasure.  The controversial film is based on the play of the same name and opened at TIFF last year and you can read our review of it here.

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Apparently, the end of the film is the clincher and also the main reason for the NC-17.  Color me intrigued.  I'm a fan of Friedkin's, even though he's been hit or miss in his later years.  Still, this is the director of TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., one of the best, most outlandish, and violent films ever, once again particularly with the twist ending.

Here's the synopsis:

When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, “Killer Joe” is a garish, proactive black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon.

I love a good, dark comedy and this seems to have the recipe for success.  I'm all in.  KILLER JOE will open in limited release on July 27, 2012.

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Extra Tidbit: I really wish Friedkin would get back into the action movie business. I think he's got a couple more kick ass car chases left in him.
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7:53AM on 05/09/2012

Hated McConaughey choice of movies

but I'm having new-found respect for him after watching Eastbound & Down and now this trailer blows me away. Colour me intrigued.
but I'm having new-found respect for him after watching Eastbound & Down and now this trailer blows me away. Colour me intrigued.
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12:02AM on 05/09/2012
The NC-17 is gonna limit screens but this looks ready to light up every one of them!
The NC-17 is gonna limit screens but this looks ready to light up every one of them!
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9:22PM on 05/08/2012
looks pretty intense, probably won't be able to see it until it hits DVD. might be a bit too graphic for my liking
looks pretty intense, probably won't be able to see it until it hits DVD. might be a bit too graphic for my liking
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9:03PM on 05/08/2012
Looks great, but I fear the rating is going to keep this far away from me as I am not sure what theater around me would show it. Hopefully it's somewhere, cause I'm interested.
Looks great, but I fear the rating is going to keep this far away from me as I am not sure what theater around me would show it. Hopefully it's somewhere, cause I'm interested.
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5:08PM on 05/08/2012
Looks great.
Looks great.
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4:46PM on 05/08/2012
The reason it's NC-17 isn't because of the violence, but because the third act is just plain bizarre. I still don't know if the rating is justifiable. I personally think it should have been rated R. Great movie though.

EDIT: I just saw the trailer and it's rather revealing. The amount of spoilers they put in trailers these days. Don't watch the trailer if you don't want to be spoiled.
The reason it's NC-17 isn't because of the violence, but because the third act is just plain bizarre. I still don't know if the rating is justifiable. I personally think it should have been rated R. Great movie though.

EDIT: I just saw the trailer and it's rather revealing. The amount of spoilers they put in trailers these days. Don't watch the trailer if you don't want to be spoiled.
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4:32PM on 05/08/2012

William Friedkin

One very under-rated director working today.
To Live and Die in L.A.
The Exorcist
The French Connection
Bug
One very under-rated director working today.
To Live and Die in L.A.
The Exorcist
The French Connection
Bug
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4:03PM on 05/08/2012
Can't wait
Can't wait
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3:17PM on 05/08/2012
Goddamn...Gina Gershon is ageless.
Goddamn...Gina Gershon is ageless.
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2:59PM on 05/08/2012

Will be good

Friedkin is hit and miss but his last feature "Bug" was fantastic and this one shares the same writer, so all things point to it being just as strong. Also nice to see Mconaughey get back to some real acting, he's not half bad when he actually tries.
Friedkin is hit and miss but his last feature "Bug" was fantastic and this one shares the same writer, so all things point to it being just as strong. Also nice to see Mconaughey get back to some real acting, he's not half bad when he actually tries.
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