Mr. Right (2015 film)

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Mr. Right
Mr Right poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaco Cabezas
Produced by
  • Bradley Gallo
  • Michael A. Helfant
  • Rick Jacobs
  • Lawrence Mattis
Written byMax Landis
Starring
Music byAaron Zigman
CinematographyDaniel Aranyó
Edited byTom Wilson
Production
companies
  • Amasia Entertainment
  • Circle of Confusion
Distributed byFocus World
Release date
  • September 19, 2015 (2015-09-19) (TIFF)
  • April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7.5 million[2]
Box office$830,374[3]

Mr. Right is a 2015 American romantic action comedy film directed by Paco Cabezas, written by Max Landis, and starring an ensemble cast featuring Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund, and RZA.[4]

The film, which follows an overoptimistic young woman (Kendrick) who discovers that her new boyfriend (Rockwell) is a former professional hitman, was released in the United States on April 8, 2016, by Focus World, to mixed reviews from critics.

Plot[edit]

Ex-CIA agent and ex-mercenary Francis Munch (Rockwell) kills those who try to hire him. On his way out from such a kill, a team including Espinoza (Da Silva) tries to kill Munch; Munch's ex-partner and trainer, Ed Hopper (Roth), quits beforehand but listens as Munch kills them.

Martha McKay (Kendrick) is asked out by Munch, and both grow smitten with each other. Munch dodges an assassination attempt by Espinoza. The two spend the night chastely. The next evening, they meet for dinner, where Munch reluctantly kills Espinoza when confronted. Over hot chocolate, Munch demonstrates to Martha his belief that underlying all physical objects lies a current that can be precognitively anticipated, and that both he and Martha have this. Munch throws a kitchen knife high in the air and catches it safely as it falls between them. This freaks Martha out until he throws a knife at her, which she catches by the blade without being cut. The two then have an intimate night.

"Von" Cartigan (Ransone) is the sole survivor of a prior spree in which Munch killed the Pirrello heroin syndicate, and, knowing of Munch shooting those who hire him, with his partner Johnny Moon (Eklund) tries to set up his brother Richard (Mount) to be killed by Munch. Richard instead sends a middleman whom Munch kills in front of Martha, frightening her enough to ask Munch to give her some space. Richard sends Moon, Von, and 10 other hitmen to Martha's address, including a gunman named Steve (RZA).

Hopper meets Martha at her apartment, but is subdued by Francis, who identifies him as his former partner. Steve gets the better of Munch with buckshot. From cover, Munch shoots one of Von's hired men dead, talks another into leaving, and kneecaps the remainder. He remembers having shown Von mercy at the Pirrello job, and, getting ready to kill Von, he's hit by Steve (whom he respects for his skills) with a bat while Moon grabs Martha. Hopper arrives and shoots the kneecapped men dead, but while his back is turned, Francis escapes.

Richard enlists Von and Johnny to stay and defend their house, defeating their plans to rule the family as sole survivors; in frustration, they abuse Martha in response to her mockery. After kicking her against a wall, she says she will kill them if Munch doesn't, and that she now feels "motivated." Outside, Munch takes Steve by surprise; Steve gives him the number within, and they share gummy bears. Munch distracts Von and Richard's bodyguards and shoots them when threatened, but declines to shoot either Von or Richard themselves. In frustration, Von begins monologuing about his desire to kill his brother. When Munch leaves, both leap for the gun, but Von successfully kills Richard. In another room, Richard's consigliere Bruce (Kaine) confronts Munch but is disarmed. Bruce mistakenly arms a grenade, and Munch helps him re-arm it without them both dying.

Munch rescues and begins to escape with Martha, but is shot with beanbag ammunition by Hopper. Moon grabs Martha and speaks to how he puts more dangerous people off their game by killing smaller, weaker loved ones. Martha's precognitive combat abilities awaken, and she dodges Moon's attacks, then strikes him with his own knife and beats him to death with a statue. While escaping, she disarms and shoots Von with his own gun.

Hopper and Munch confront each other, Hopper handcuffing himself to Munch and intending to "re-program" Munch into a killer. Munch shoots the handcuffs (rather than shooting Hopper). Before Hopper can shoot Munch in the back, Steve shoots Hopper dead, and is ecstatic to learn of Hopper's $5 million bounty. Munch meets Martha at the entrance, notes her dilated pupils, and asks Steve to help him get them to the hospital.

Two months later, two military-style teams are pursuing both Munch and Martha as they visit different countries for Martha's paleological interests; Munch turns a sign to the sniper asking "where's the girl?" as the scene cuts to Martha, who has snuck up to shoot the sniper.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The project was announced on October 8, 2011, by Variety, that Paco Cabezas would direct the action-comedy film Mr. Right scripted by Max Landis, produced by Circle of Confusion's David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis.[5] On May 5, 2014, Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick were announced for the lead roles.[6] Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo would finance the film for Amasia Entertainment and co-produce along with Circle of Confusion's Mattis and Rick Jacobs.[6] On October 6, rapper RZA joined the cast.[7] On October 7, Tim Roth joined the film.[8] On October 8, James Ransone joined the film.[9] On October 10, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund and Katie Nehra joined the cast.[10]

Filming[edit]

Filming began on October 13, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and ran for seven weeks.[11][12]

Release[edit]

In October 2014, Lakeshore Entertainment announced its acquiring international distribution rights to the film, while Sierra/Affinity would handle international sales of the film at American Film Market.[13] The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 19, as the closing night film.[14][4] Before that, Focus World had acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[15] The film was released in the U.S. on April 8, 2016.[16]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 44%, based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 4.94/10 and the site's consensus: "Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick work well together, but Mr. Right is too much of a tonal jumble to take advantage of their chemistry".[17] On Metacritic the film has a score of 52 out of 100, based on reviews from 17 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18]

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times described the film as "hard-R violent comedy in the tradition of "Grosse Pointe Blank". He also praised the lead performances, and the strong supporting performances.[19] Kendrick's performance was praised by Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice, saying it was "a role that Anna Kendrick kills with such flamboyant style it makes all the movie's shootings look even more rote."[20] Andy Webster in his New York Times review comments that "Anna Kendrick's star shows no sign of dimming".[21]

Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a negative review, writing, "Not an especially sustainable work model, professionally speaking (it’s murder on word-of-mouth, for starters), but then, this fixer is ready to make some changes in his own life, maybe even find romance with an on-the-rebound Anna Kendrick — which is where Max Landis’ ultra-cutesy script picks up, asking whether a character like that can find and sustain love … or else die trying. For about a decade after Pulp Fiction, such quirky hit-man comedies were all the rage, though in the post-Gigli era, (the eerily similar) Mr. Right just feels wrong."[22] Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times wrote: "It feels at once overwritten and thematically thin, coasting on a cutesy concept before descending into relentless, and therefore meaningless, violence."[23]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Recipients Result
Teen Choice Awards[24] Choice Movie: Comedy Nominated
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Anna Kendrick Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Right (15)". British Board of Film Classification. November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Initial Certification Search" (Type "Mr Right" in the search box). Fastlane NextGen. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Mr. Right". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' Robert Redford's 'Truth' to Premiere at Toronto". Variety. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Mayorga, Emilio (October 8, 2011). "Cabezas to helm 'Mr. Right'". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (May 5, 2014). "Sam Rockwell & Anna Kendrick Team For Max Landis-Scripted 'Mr Right'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  7. ^ Yamato, Jen (October 6, 2014). "RZA Joins Sam Rockwell & Anna Kendrick In 'Mr. Right'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  8. ^ Yamato, Jen (October 7, 2014). "Tim Roth Joins Hitman Action-Romance 'Mr. Right'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 8, 2014). "James Ransone Joins Anna Kendrick in 'Mr. Right'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  10. ^ Yamato, Jen (October 10, 2014). "Anson Mount, More Join Hitman Romance 'Mr. Right'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  11. ^ Scott, Mike (October 7, 2014). "RZA, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick set to shoot 'Mr. Right' in New Orleans". nola.com. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  12. ^ Scott, Mike (October 13, 2014). "Filming in New Orleans: Tim Roth, four others join Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick in 'Mr. Right'". nola.com. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  13. ^ O'Connell, Ryan (October 16, 2014). "Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell's 'Mr. Right' International Rights Acquired By Lakeshore, Sierra Affinity". thewrap.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (August 18, 2015). "Toronto: 'Our Brand Is Crisis' & Rathergate Pic 'Truth' Added; 'Mr. Right' To Close Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  15. ^ Sneider, Jeff (September 18, 2015). "Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell Comedy 'Mr. Right' Sells to Focus World". TheWrap.com. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  16. ^ "Mr. Right". ImpAwards.com. February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  17. ^ "Mr. Right (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "Mr. Right Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  19. ^ Roeper, Richard (April 7, 2016). "'Mr. Right': Sam Rockwell as the hit man of her dreams". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on October 27, 2019.
  20. ^ Scherstuhl, Alan (April 7, 2016). "'Mr. Right' and Anna Kendrick Show How Rom-Com Heroes Are Pretty Much All Psychopaths". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  21. ^ Webster, Andy (April 7, 2016). "Mr. Right, With Anna Kendrick, Dips Into a Tricky Genre". The New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  22. ^ Debruge, Peter (September 17, 2015). "Toronto Film Review: 'Mr. Right'". Variety. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  23. ^ Kate Walsh (April 8, 2016). "Review: Stop and think before you commit to 'Mr. Right'". Los Angeles Times.
  24. ^ Vulpo, Mike (May 24, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations Announced: See the "First Wave" of Potential Winners". E!. Archived from the original on May 25, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.

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