Joey Boca (Kevin Kline) works with Rosalie (Tracey Ullman) in their pizza parlor. She is convinced that he works all of the time for them and her world dissolves when she finds that he has been fooling around for years. Being Catholic, divorce is out of the question, so she, her mother, and her best friend decide to kill him. Hopelessly incompetent as killers, they hire incompetent professionals as they beat, poison, and shoot Joey, who remains oblivious to their attempts.Written by
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The name of the pizza bar was "Joey's Pizza" a.k.a. "Joey's Pizza Bar". Its setting was in Tacoma, Washington. See more »
When Rosalie, Nadja and Devo go out of prison and meet Joey, a clock can be seen on the wall behind them which skips from 10.45 a.m. to 10.40 a.m. See more »
[Harlan and Marlon are standing over a sleeping Joey, with Harlan holding the revolver and Marlon holding a baseball bat]
Are you ready?
I guess. Are you ready?
I'm ready. How about you, Joey? Are you ready?
[they both laugh]
Let's do this!
I've never killed anybody before.
Well, I've never killed anybody either. So what? How hard can it get? If he wakes up and sees us right now... all we do is read him his rights... and then kill him!
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Remarkably, the film is based on a real event. But it takes off from that base and becomes a screwball comedy in the classic style.
Wonderfully droll performances are given by everyone in this Hitchcock-like farce about a murder that doesn't quite work and a man who just won't die. Joan Plowright steals every scene she is in -- which isn't easy in a film that is full of so many zany plot twists and hilarious lines of dialogue.
This film is a little gem of a comedy. See it if you can.
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