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Killer Joe (2011)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  29 June 2012 (UK)
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When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

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Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper a contract killer, who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong and disturbing violence, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Killer Joe: A Twisted Redneck Trailer Park Murder Story  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,864 (USA) (27 July 2012)

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$220,282 (USA) (3 August 2012)
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The film was released theatrically with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA for "graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality" but was edited down to an R rating for the home video release so that the DVD and Blu-ray could be sold in certain stores. The reason for the R rating given by the MPAA was for "strong and disturbing violence, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language". See more »

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During the train track scene with Chris and Dottie, his facial scars are missing. See more »

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Killer Joe Cooper: Tuna casserole! May I serve?
Dottie Smith: How are you gonna kill my mama?
Killer Joe Cooper: That's not appropriate dinner conversation, Dottie.
Dottie Smith: Unless you poison her.
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The unrated DVD retains the MPAA's NC-17 graphic at the end, although the rating was surrendered. See more »


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Mike and Joe ... lock up your daughters!
23 May 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Matthew McConaughey must surely be the most underutilised actor working today. What a double hit from MMc! Yes, he was having too much fun stomping around the stage with his crown and sceptre in Magic Mike while clueless Channing Tatum tried to keep up but it wasn't until he donned his oily black slick garb to play Killer Joe that he reached acting nirvana.

This movie will NEVER make it into the mainstream and it WON'T be nominated for any awards Joe Public is exposed to but for the cogniscenti, the aficionados, the sick puppies who watched it and wallowed in its visceral filth and Gothic guignol horror, we know, don't we?

There is no moral to be learnt from this tale and nobody could walk away from it clean and refreshed. We watch in awe-struck disgust and fear while Killer Joe and his hapless partners in crime (a more uneven partnership I've yet to witness) plan the murder of a worthless piece of human debris to collect the princely sum of $50,000 to be split 5 ways. Why, we might ask, would anyone bother. To these characters, $10,000 is a ticket out of temporary misery.

The plot twist at the end might justify some of the actions (no spoilers from me) but even so, to empathise with the motives and consequences of the actions of four down and out people who struggle through life in a confined caravan serenaded by a continuously barking pit bull terrier (or was it a boxer?) would take a few hours on the front desk of the legal aid office.

Every performance is laudable and the direction from Friedkin note perfect, down to the terminally ill weather and the wasteland that is Texas, as shown here.

There are many people to whom I would NOT recommend this movie. However, those who can take it, will be not so much glad they did, as feel all the sleazier and complicit for the experience of watching human beings who didn't have grace from which to fall; nevertheless fall they do.


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