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“You ever hear of Joe Cooper? He’s a cop. A detective, actually. He’s got a little business on the side.”
– Chris Smith

SYNOPSIS: 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. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7What the fuck?! Killer Joe had a great cast going for it that played their roles well with a disturbing as hell execution of the premise. I could get on board with the desire to kill your mother for insurance money, even hiring a hitman. I could get on board with how incredibly trashy some families are, and even smiled a bit at how much the film milked the trailer trash angle (I hear a lot about it in books and movies but we don’t really have that here). But then the secondary aspects of the premise came. The part about a grown man wanting a twelve year old girl, an adult male starting a sexual relationship with said child who initially did not even want him, that was terrified of the concept (and yeah, gonna say this), and suddenly was so experienced and enjoyed it from the off. For a girl that is not promiscuous, that should not have been her first reaction. Anyhow, let me move right on from that. Then there was her family that knew what the animal wanted and freely offered her to him. I mean what the hell, were they that desperate for cash that they were willing to pimp a child for it? However, the story was alright. Emile Hirsch was pretty good as Dottie’s brother, yet so damn trashy. I mean seriously now? McConaughey was definitely the show stealer here though, brilliant performance. The way the insurance money debacle went down was good, too, though I must say that there was a lot in this film that was just not easy to watch, that is just that. Then there was the chicken scene, and that was really pretty messed up, in all honesty. Dammit, why? The movie is unconventional, and I wouldn’t suggest you watch it with your parents/kids, it could get a little awkward. There is some pretty dark humour at times, and then there is a lot that gets uncomfortable, too. The performances are definitely worth checking out though! It is not something that I will be checking out again in a hurry in the near future, and I would definitely not recommend this to those that cannot look past the disturbing aspects of the film to see the content of it.

41 thoughts on “Review: Killer Joe (2011)

  1. renxkyoko says:

    That’;s totally messed up. O_O

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    1. Zoë says:

      LOL! You have no idea… I was like wtf… it’s quite a bizarre watch!

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  2. Abbi says:

    I loved Killer Joe mostly because it kind of decided it was going to be fucked up and then just went for it 100% balls to the wall. I am also a big Emile Hirsch fan.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Hahahaha I had NO idea what I was getting myself into! Yeah, I like him too.

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  3. I liked it too. The acting was great all round and I love films that are bizarre. Although its made me a bit scared of going to Texas this year!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Yeah jeesh… KFC is totally off the menu while tripping up there!

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    2. theipc says:

      Texans just LOOOOOOOOOOVE The Irish. Take plenty of rubbers.

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      1. I could get someone pregnant and get a green card!

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      2. Zoë says:

        OH MY GOSH!

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  4. lukebbtt says:

    Yeah, I think we are totally in agreement. You have to appreciate the film for what it is, but it is just too damn uncomfortable for me.

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    1. Zoë says:

      So glad we are understanding each other completely here Luke!

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  5. keith7198 says:

    I have been meaning to watch this one. It looks a little crazy but intriguing.

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    1. Zoë says:

      It is extremely crazy and uncomfortable at times but it’s not bad!

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  6. CMrok93 says:

    Everybody is great here, but it’s McConaughey who clearly walks away with this movie. So glad to see him back to his old ways of choosing good, meaty-roles that allow him to do anything, and everything that made us love him in the first place. Good review Zoe.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Naturally it’s him. He was just amazing! He is an impressive actor. Thanks Dan!

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  7. We’re roughly on the same page here. The acting makes everything feel a little too real, which is never a bad thing! Still, I can’t help but feel dirty watching this flick. Terrific write-up, Zoe :).

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Joseph! Totally with you there, I did feel pretty dirty watching this haha!

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  8. alexraphael says:

    Great write up Zoe.

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  9. I have been meaning to see this! McConaughey has not been disappointing us so I am looking forward to this.

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    1. Zoë says:

      He is fantastic, but bear in mind there are some seriously awkward moments here… then again, you could probably hack it and not bat an eye 😛

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      1. theipc says:

        I doubt Melissa is going to have any trouble with what goes on in this 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      2. Zoë says:

        Yeah this is totally her cup of tea!

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      3. Yes you know me now it takes a lot to make me bat my eyes. lol

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      4. Zoë says:

        If the KFC does not do it then I just don’t know about you anymore…

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      5. HAHAHA now I have to see this very soon!

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      6. Zoë says:

        You gotta do it. Dammit I cringed!

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  10. movierob says:

    It;s been on my list for quite a wile. I will eventually get around to watching it.

    Thanks Zoe for bumping it up a bit, nicely done!

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    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 Thank you!

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      1. movierob says:

        just saw it. yes, quite disturbing. I must have missed the part which said Dottie was 12. she looked older. I think Iif I would’ve caught that line, it would have been even more disturbing than I it was (if that’s possible) 🙂

        Thanks fpr bumping it up my list!

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      2. Zoë says:

        Oh goodness, that really just… YUCK! Hahahaha.

        I think it’s a pleasure? 😛 Fantastic performances all round but some rather disturbing content!

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  11. theipc says:

    Dearest JB,

    I LOVED this movie. Like Abbi said, it’s 100% balls to the wall and I loved it for that! Very IPC-y.

    My love,

    Chop

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    1. Zoë says:

      Dear Chop,

      Totally your thing!

      Love,

      JB

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  12. Mr Rumsey says:

    I do plan on seeing this one at some point, I think I have a good sense that it’s a bit of a crazy watch by now and feel somewhat preapred!
    Great review!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Yeah sheesh at least you have an inkling of what is coming lol, I was like whaaaaaaa?!

      Thanks!

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  13. vinnieh says:

    Interesting review, I’ve heard it’s a pretty messed up flick.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks. It is rather, but it has a solid cast with fine performances and all. It is just… awkward and the likes from time to time…

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  14. table9mutant says:

    Hmm… I don’t know about this one. Does sound odd! And I’ve heard about the chicken scene. WTF? And the other stuff you’ve mentioned… I think I’d find too much in this too offensive. Hmmm… ! But great review. : )

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    1. Zoë says:

      Yeah this one is a bit nuts. My brother and a friend watched this recently and they were like WTF. That chicken scene is freaking awkward!!! It is pretty offensive, though the performances are fantastic!

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