No, no, no , no , no. “Killer Joe” was one sick movie. What’s with Matthew McConaughey? Is he so desperate for work that he’ll take anything? Or is he trying to show his bad side? “Magic Mike” was a bit low for him, but “Killer Joe” has laid to rest his appeal for us. This film reinforces what comes to mind with the terms: trailer trash, lowlifes, dysfunction, and Texas hicks. It’s a disgusting waste and misuse of talent, time, and money.
Joe Cooper (McConaughey) is a cop whose sideline is killing people. Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is a loser in desperate need of money for gambling debts. He gets thrown out of his mother’s house, after hearing about her life insurance policy, as well as Killer Joe, from her boyfriend. Chris goes to his dad, Ansel (Thomas Haden Church), and they plot to bump her off. However, when they can’t come up with the advance money to pay Cooper for the deed, Cooper takes Chris’ younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple), as a retainer until he gets paid. Dottie, a virgin and not quite right in the head, lives with Ansel and his slutty wife, Sharla (Gina Gershon). Cooper comes and goes as he pleases, using the girl but not abusingly.
In the meantime, Sharla is having an affair with her husband’s ex-wife’s boyfriend, Rex. She turns out to be the mastermind behind the plot to kill the woman, because the beneficiary of the insurance policy is Rex and not Dottie, as Chris had been told. So, after his mother’s death, there is no money to pay the loan shark or Killer Joe, who is very, very, very upset after finding Rex and learning the truth.
McConaughey’s children will never be old enough to watch this movie, and I hope his parents didn’t see it.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars.