After seeing the documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated, I use to think the MPAA (the people who decide what movies are rated) were full of it, but after seeing Killer Joe I may want to reconsider. Despite the graphic nature of the NC-17 film, Killer Joe is an amazing movie taking place in trailer parks of Dallas that makes the audience laugh and cringe from minute to minute while exposing a darker side of life.
The film is directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin (Exorcist, French Connection) and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts. With all-star performances from Matthew McConaughey, Thomas Haden Church, Emile Hirsch, Gena Gershon and the young stellar Juno Temple, Killer Joe is definitely a must see — just don’t take your mom. Friedkin still has it! He is able to push his actors, bring out the perfect moments, and make the audience gasp without being able to look away.
Thanks to our friends at The Dallas Film Society, I had the pleasure to stick around for an informative (and ridiculously hilarious) Q&A with star of the film Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways, Spiderman 3). Church, a native Texan gave hilarious insights into the film such as the film taking place in Dallas but being shot in Louisiana as well as personal stories from his life.
Spoiler Alert: the last 30 minutes are insane. You will never want to eat Fried Chicken again.