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A desperate Texas drug dealer plots to settle a sizable debt by killing his mother and collecting the insurance money, but gets into an even bigger mess after hiring a twisted police detective who moonlights as a killer-for-hire to get the job done. Chris (Emile Hirsch) is in serious trouble. He's just incurred a major debt to Digger Soames (Marc Macaulay), and when you're late paying Digger, you can wind up dead. His back against the wall, Chris comes to his father Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) with a sinister proposition: they'll hire a killer to get rid of Chris' mother (and Ansel's ex-wife), then collect the insurance money that will go to Chris' teenage sister Dottie (Juno Temple), a seraphic sleepwalker who seems to exist in a world all her own. Bringing Chris' temperamental stepmother Sharla (Gina Gershon) in on the hustle, the young deadbeat and his dimwitted father enlist the services of Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a local police detective whose authority and detailed knowledge of police procedures make him the perfect hired killer. But Joe doesn't come cheap, and when his fee proves bigger than expected, Chris and Ansel agree to let him have Dottie as a "retainer" until the insurance check clears. Just when it starts to look as if everything is going according to plan, however, an unexpected complication plunges the entire situation into total chaos. A lurid black comedy that goes to some very dark places, KILLER JOE is the second collaboration between acclaimed director William Friedkin and playwright/screenwriter Tracy Letts, who previously worked together on the 2006 psychological thriller BUG.
Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas, Haden Church
"Thomas Haden Church is solid....The film is a surprisingly effective showcase for Matthew McConaughey."
Sight and Sound
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Friedkin is] uncompromising in his vision, wringing every ounce of grime and salaciousness he can out of KILLER JOE's plot and characters to create the dirtiest black comedy you'll see for a long time."
"KILLER JOE evokes the hardboiled regional poetry of Jim Thompson and William Faulkner, flirts with outright exploitation, [and] provides game actors with roles to relish..."
"[McConaughey] exercises his marvelous voice as a Texas detective and contract killer in KILLER JOE."
Wall Street Journal
"[With] a killer performance by Matthew McConaughey....Never has noir been more diabolically naughty..."
Los Angeles Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "It is expertly directed, flawlessly cast and written with merciless black humor..."
"What could have been a predictable piece of Jim Thompson-style pulp business becomes something much more subversive in Friedkin's hands."
"[KILLER JOE] bristles with sleazy wit....A wellspring of comedy and plot twists, recalling RAISING ARIZONA's colorful vernacular while turning a simple contract job into a complicated web of family betrayals." -- Grade: B+
3 stars out of 4 -- "Friedkin catches the dark humor of the piece....McConaughey mesmerizes."
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