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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Movie Review - Let's Kill Ward's Wife

Let's Kill Ward's Wife (2014)
Starring Patrick Wilson, Scott Foley, Donald Faison, James Carpinello, Greg Grunberg, Dagmara Dominczyk, Amy Acker, and Nicolette Sheridan
Directed by Scott Foley
***This film is currently streaming on Amazon Prime***

This is one of those late-night, "I'm in the mood for something light", "I'm in the mood for something under ninety minutes" kind of movies.  These hardly ever end well.  Let's Kill Ward's Wife is not an exception to that rule.  Best known for his roles on Scandal and Felicity, first time director and screenwriter Scott Foley fills his film with his tv actor friends, but his attempts at dark comedy fail to prove successful.  Admittedly, there's a tiny bit of charm that arises from these personable actors taking on such a dour story, but that allure wears thin quickly.

Newly married and now a new father, Ward (Donald Faison) is essentially shackled to his stereotypical bitch of wife Stacy (Dagmara Dominczyk) and Ward's buddies and their significant others aren't enjoying this new marital relationship.  After jokingly discussing an attempt to kill Stacy, an accident makes their wishes come true which then sets up a string of events that cause the group to commit acts they've never even thought about doing before.

Ultimately, the problem is that the script simply isn't very good.  Motivations are weak and the comedy is even weaker.  I'll give credit to the cast for always keeping things light and amusing, but they aren't given much to do.  There are much better comedies that have tread similar paths and you're better off leaving Let's Kill Ward's Wife behind.

The RyMickey Rating:  D

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