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Killer Joe

6 August 2012 2:21 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Killer Joe

Directed by: William Friedkin

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple, Matthew McConaughey

Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins

Rating: Nc-17

Release Date: August 3, 2012 (Chicago)

Plot: A father (Church) and his son (Hirsch) hire a killer (McConaughey) to murder an estranged family member in order to collect the insurance money.

Who’S It For?: Do you like your comedy dark? Okay, how about extra, extra crispy? And then kicked around in the mud, and then shoved in someone’s mouth? That’s Killer Joe.

Read Nick’s interview with playwright/screenwriter Tracy Letts Read Jeff Bayer’s SXSW review of “Killer Joe” (9/10)

Overall

If Killer Joe had some bigger wits about it you might be able to accuse the film of being a less enjoyable Coen Brothers movie. It’s got the setting (Texas), the concept of a collapsing scheme that takes nearly everyone down with it, »

- Nick Allen

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‘Killer Joe’ Interview with writer Tracy Letts

2 August 2012 7:01 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Matthew McConaughey continues a summer of jolting performances with Killer Joe, a movie about a family in Texas (comprised of Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church, and Juno Temple) who have a wild scheme to kill Church’s ex-wife for her insurance money. Hired to do the job is McConaughey’s title character, who affects the twisted family in ways they could have never imagined.

Playwright Tracy Letts wrote the screenplay for the film, based off his own play which was first staged in 1993. In 2006, Killer Joe director William Friedkin adapted Letts’ play Bug for a film adaptation starring Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon.

I sat down with Tracy Letts to discuss his story, his relationship with now two-time collaborator Friedkin, and what his impression was of Matthew McConaughey’s romantic comedies before Killer Joe came along.

Killer Joe opens in Chicago on August 3.

Read Jeff Bayer’s “9/10″ SXSW »

- Nick Allen

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