The dark comedy "Let's Kill Ward's Wife" gets by on the casual charms and deft timing of its appealing cast until the midpoint, when the film's pacing and narrative structure take a hit — and never quite recover. Still, some loose laughs, a bold premise and a particularly amusing turn by the always-welcome
When a trio of old buddies — journalist Tom (Scott Foley), out-of-work actor David (Wilson) and personal trainer Ronnie (James Carpinello) — fantasize about killing their pal Ward's (
The rest of the movie, which was written and directed by Foley, involves how these inept guys, along with Tom's wife (
On the upside, Stacy's demise has a near-magical healing effect on the guys and their relationships.
Foley's at-times slapdash script could have used more depth and back story — why in the world did Ward and Stacy stay together? — not to mention more tension and a stronger final showdown. But because this friends-and-family affair (Foley and Wilson are brothers-in-law, among many other real-life connections here) is ultimately more wacky farce than serious treatise, its anything-goes quality is largely fitting.
"Let's Kill Ward's Wife."
No MPAA rating.
Running time: 1 hour, 22 minutes.