Tuesday, November 26, 2013
'Please Kill Mr Know It All DVD: A Girl Meets Boy; Boy Wants Girl Dead RomCom
Monarch Home Entertainment shows great instincts regarding releasing the 2012 Canadian romcom "Please Kill Mr Know It All" on DVD today because it is a great family choice for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Kids will enjoy the action, teens will like the humor, and adults will relate to the story. Further, the comic dark side is very apt for the home version of the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" that many families will play on Thursday.
The trouble starts when national exposure of the local advice column that Sally writes under the pseudonym Mr. Know It All leads to needing a male face for the work ala detective Laura Holt working under the name Remington Steele in the '80s series of that name. Rather than allowing a handsome and charming con man to front for her, Sally sketches the face of Albert, who she sees while out and about.
Hilarity and mayhem ensue when the aptly bearded Albert turns out to be an hit man who finds having his image liberally plastered about detrimental to his work. This prompts Albert to visit the newspaper that publishes the advice column in his effort to track down and wipe out the real Mr. Know It All.
Anyone who has ever seen a romcom knows both that Sally pretends to merely be the advice columnist's colleague and that she and Albert soon fall in love. This portion of "Please Kill" offers the "bonus" of two montages in which the brokenhearted Sally and Albert sadly sit on park benches and in coffee shops.
It also will not surprise anyone who is familiar with this genre that this film could be titled "When Albert Met Sally" and that it ends with a scene that occurs "one year later" than the film's true climax.
The best news is that this film from the genre that keeps the Lifetime and Hallmark Channel networks in business is far better than anything that Katherine Heigl has inflicted on the viewing public. The leads Lara Jean Chorostecki of "Cooper" and Jefferson Brown are easy on the eyes and the psyche. They play their parts very well and would be welcome at any couples' game or film night.
There are also wonderful humorous elements that include the target of a failed hit pathetically seeking revenge against Albert and Sally asking Albert if he has a gun in his pocket or is just happy to see her. Further, Sally's professional colleague and gal pal and Albert's literal partner-in-crime are well-written characters portrayed by actors who understand their second-banana roles well.
The final heartfelt outpouring regarding "Please Kill" is that it tells a pleasantly predictable story in a comfortably entertaining way and is the aforementioned good choice when you want a film that will please everyone who has gathered both for a big feast and using steely knives for stabbing implements.
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