When drug dealer Chris (Emile Hirsch) has his stash stolen by his mother, he plans to dispatch of her and cash in on her $50,000 life insurance to repay his debts. He hires Detective Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a dirty cop who moonlights as a contract killer, who sets his sight on Chris' innocent sister Dottie (Juno Temple) as collateral for the job. But the agreement turns complicated when Dottie forms a bond with Killer Joe and everything begins to unravel.
Violent black comedy - don't watch it with your granny
- Killer Joe review by RP
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It's a violent black comedy, directed by William Friedkin (perhaps best known for 'The French Connection' and 'The Exorcist'). Lots of violence, bloodshed, f-ing and blinding, nudity - and one notorious scene featuring a fried chicken leg. So if that's your thing this could be for you - or it could put you off KFC for life...
The story goes something like this: trailer trash family (slow witted father, dotty daughter, slutty stepmother) live on a trailer park. Son lives with his natural mother + her boyfriend and is a part time drug dealer, suspects mother of stealing his coke supply and forcing him into debt. Hatches plan to hire a contract killer (the 'Killer Joe' of the title) to kill his mother for the insurance money. Things go downhill. Err, that's it...
The best part is played by Brit actress Juno Temple as the dotty daughter called, err, Dottie. The film is in fact well acted and directed, but the story is silly, even for a black comedy, and the comedy is overlayed with just too much violence.
I'll give it 3/5 stars. I've seen a lot worse - just don't watch it with your granny. Or with a bucket of KFC.