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Leave cynicism at the door

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am

Despite getting almost universally bad reviews, Killers is an enjoyable romp if you like your films light, self-mocking and, well, a bit silly.

Killers is a love story - but fortunately for anyone who's not keen on lingering boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl plots, the courtship between seriously ripped CIA spy Spencer Ames (Ashton Kutcher) and Katherine Heigl's recently dumped, adventure-avoiding Jen Kornfeldt is over within the first 20 minutes. Spencer quits 'the life', and the pair settles into a humdrum life where a renovated study is cause for celebration.

But 40 minutes into the film, all hell breaks loose, as Spencer's past comes to bite him on the bottom. It turns out there is a massive bounty on his head, and so begins the action.

The fact Jen doesn't know about her husband's past until she sees him strangling their neighbour only adds to the hilarity that is caused by the sight of Kutcher going all action-hero.

What follows is a comedic caper that wouldn't have been out of place in the 60s with unlikely scenarios piling up and misunderstandings galore adding to the amusing confusion.

Tom Selleck, who starred as a private investigator in 80s crime drama Magnum P.I., plays Jen's dad, adding to the film's tongue-in-cheek approach. If you enjoy the sort of film that asks you to leave your cynicism at the door, this is a brilliant way to kill a couple of hours.

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