By Julia Teen
Anyone remember Dude Where’s My Car? Of course you do. It was a classic, obviously. But who would have thought that idiotic “Jesse Montgomery III” would actually turn into a talented and highly bankable actor and producer ten years on? Aside from his too cute for words pairing with Demi Moore, 5 million Twitter friends and creation of the classic ‘punk’d’ show concept, fundamentally – Ashton Kutcher is actually a decent actor.
In Killers, Kutcher plays Spencer Aimes, a highly trained and dangerous assassin who meets Katherine Heigl’s character; Jen Kornfeldt, whilst she is holidaying in the stunning Nice, France. Aimes gives up bounties for the ‘burbs and lives a pretty idyllic life until a $20 million dollar hit is put on his life and he is forced to come out of retirement.
Kutcher can obviously pull off funny (that is, if you like that sort of thing. Which, admittedly, a lot of people don’t) however I also think he pulls off dramatic quite feasibly as well. As we first saw in The Butterfly Effect, serious is do-able for him and in the first half of Killers; Kutcher’s character is quite solemn and very suave.
Simultaneously, Katherine Heigl works as his oblivious wife who is very quickly disillusioned of the quiet and unassuming consultant husband she thought she married. Not a bad performance from Heigl, she certainly is warm and likeable albeit sometimes a little over the top.
Other notable performances include Jen Kornfeldt’s parents; Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara. I personally think that O’Hara (Kevin McCallister’s mother in Home Alone!) makes the film. Her comedic timing is spot on and she steals the scenes.
Directed by Aussie Robert Luketic, who is also responsible for films like Legally Blonde and The Ugly Truth, Killers is an entertaining and fun comedy although at times, some of the plot could have used a little tweaking. Luckily however, Killers features enough action to keep your boyfriend happy, and enough shirtless Ashton to keep you very, very happy.
4 stars out of 5