Big question: Is "You Kill Me" anything more than a forgettable little indie character piece?
Skip it: If, like Frank, you can't even shovel your walk without taking a swig from the bottle.
Bottom line: The ethnic war isn't as interesting as Frank's personal battle, and Lauren's (Leoni) too quickly agreeable to Frank's sinister side to be believed as a serious love interest. But you're here for the performances, and as a likable Leoni serves up the sympathy, Kingsley is happy to drink it down.
Bonus: Happy news for anyone with a drinking problem, as Tom (Wilson) tells Frank that an alcoholic's god is forgiving. It's also made of porcelain!
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'You Kill Me'
Directed by John Dahl; screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely; photographed by Jeffrey Jur; edited by Scott Chestnut; music by Marcelo Zarvos; production design by John Dondertman; produced by Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt and Eugene Musso. An IFC Films release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:32. MPAA rating: R (for language and some violence).
Frank - Ben Kingsley
Laurel - Tea Leoni
Tom - Luke Wilson
Edward O'Leary - Dennis Farina
Roman - Philip Baker Hall