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Killers makes for unexpected fun despite flaws

Every once in a while, people get dragged to a movie they aren’t excited to see but come out surprised that the last two hours of their lives weren’t wasted away. Killers does just that. Its uninteresting trailers leave viewers with little more than the notion that it has something to do with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. While that’s true, there’s more to the film.

The story revolves around a couple with some exotic marriage issues. Jen (Heigl) meets the man of her dreams, Spencer (Kutcher), while traveling with her parents (delightfully played by Catherine O’Hara and Tom Selleck). Spencer leaves his secret job as a spy for a quiet life with Jen. Fast forward three years and the married couple’s Pleasantville lifestyle gets shaken up when Spencer’s past comes back to hunt him.

Kutcher’s Spencer is mostly believable in his devotion to his wife, putting her safety first while watching for potential killers. But, unfortunately, Heigl’s Jen appears more invested in her parents than her own husband and, at times, her character comes off too self-involved and oblivious, riding that blond bimbo stereotype.

The story itself seems to reach for the action-comedy genius of Hot Fuzz but falls short. It lags up until the midpoint, especially with the addition of an unnecessary plotline. But once Killers overcomes that middle hump, the fun really starts.

So far, the rom-com-action movie has been panned by critics for being dull, formulaic and unfunny. But rest assured that no matter what critics say, females will still enjoy fulfilling their what-does-Ashton-look-like-without-a-shirt curiosity, and the action will end up winning over most everybody else. It’s not to die for, but Killers is definitely a fun summer flick.

Killers (PG-13) ★★★☆☆

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