I’ve been hearing about Killer Joe for awhile now, but I didn’t take the time to look into it until now. I knew only that William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) directed it and that the movie is adapted from a play by Tracy Letts. It turns out it is a black comedy set in Texas and it carries a rating of NC-17 because of violence and sexuality.
The story involves a man who hires a sleazy Dallas cop to murder her mother. Matthew McConaughey plays the cop and Emile Hirsch the son. The movie, which opens July 27, also stars Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and Juno Temple.
Synopsis: When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is a garish, provocative black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon.