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Killers

By
Kurt Jensen
Source: Catholic News Service

NEW YORK (CNS)—"Killers" (Lionsgate) is very much the definition of mindless fun, if you enjoy virtually any of Ashton Kutcher's antics.

Director Robert Luketic and screenwriters Bob DeRosa and Ted Griffin play explosions, gunfire and car crashes by rote in this lightweight combination of marital comedy and espionage thriller, which is alternately derived, borrowed and outright filched from "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and many others of the genre.

If you're not familiar with that film, you'll neither notice nor mind, something the filmmakers evidently are counting on. However, the comic bickering between Kutcher and co-star Katherine Heigl, which is supposed to be the bright shining center, is mostly stale and insipid. No wisecracking classic, this.

Kutcher plays Spencer Aimes, a glamorous killer-for-hire used by American intelligence agencies. He meets Jen Kornfeldt (Heigl), a prim computer analyst with overprotective parents (Tom Selleck and Catherine O'Hara), while they're all in Nice, France, and he's on a job.

He and Jen quickly fall in love, he sees a chance to get out of the assassin trade, and three years later and now married, he runs a contracting firm in suburban Atlanta, with her parents living nearby. They try to live a quiet, upscale domestic life surrounded by a panoply of comic hobgoblin neighbors.

Here comes the twist: Spencer now has a $20 million bounty on his head, and the neighbors are all embedded assassins, impressively deft with weaponry and speeding pickup trucks. Shoot-'em-up high jinks, occasionally comedic, ensue.

The film contains fleeting crass language, mild sexual banter, and all violence is played for comic effect, making this acceptable for older adolescents. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Kurt Jensen is a guest reviewer for Catholic News Service.




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Joan of Arc: 
		<p>Burned at the stake as a heretic after a politically-motivated trial, Joan was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.</p>
		<p>Born of a fairly well-to-do peasant couple in Domremy-Greux (southeast of Paris), Joan was only 12 when she experienced a vision and heard voices that she later identified as Sts. Michael the Archangel, Catherine of Alexandria, and Margaret of Antioch.</p>
		<p>During the Hundred Years War, she led French troops against the English and recaptured the cities of Orléans and Troyes. This enabled Charles VII to be crowned as king in Reims in 1429. Captured near Compiegne the following year, she was sold to the English and placed on trial for heresy and witchcraft. Professors at the University of Paris supported Bishop Pierre Cauchon of Beauvis, the judge at her trial; Cardinal Henry Beaufort of Winchester, England, participated in the questioning of Joan in prison. In the end, she was condemned for wearing men's clothes. The English resented France's military success–to which Joan contributed. </p>
		<p>On this day in 1431, she was burned at the stake in Rouen, and her ashes were scattered in the Seine River. A second Church trial 25 years later nullified the earlier verdict, which was reached under political pressure.</p>
		<p>Remembered by most people for her military exploits, Joan had a great love for the sacraments, which strengthened her compassion toward the poor. Popular devotion to her increased greatly in 19th-century France and later among French soldiers during World War I. Theologian George Tavard writes that her life "offers a perfect example of the conjunction of contemplation and action" because her spiritual insight is that there should be a "unity of heaven and earth."</p>
		<p>Joan of Arc has been the subject of many books, plays, operas, and movies. </p>
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