Actor, director, writer and, oh yes, producer, Scott Foley might just have made the funniest film of 2015.
O.K., the year is just starting and the film doesn’t open theatrically until Jan. 8, but the early buzz for Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife is that this wicked black comedy is out-and-out laugh-your-ass-off funny.
Well Go U.S.A. has tabbed Mar. 3 as the street date for the release of both DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film.
Stacy (Dagmara Dominczyk — Mentor, They, The Immigrant, etc.) is hell on wheels. A nag. A bitch. Demanding. She’s married to Ward (Donald Faison — perhaps best known as Dr. Christopher Turk from the comedy series Scrubs) and his life is miserable … made all the more so because he can’t hang out with his upwardly mobile, callous and very shallow friends.
For this film to work (as a comedy), Foley (who is making his feature film directorial debut here) had to accomplish two things in the set-up. First, Stacy had to be written as an unsympathetic monster … a witch of the first order. Second, Ward’s friends have to be detached, self-absorbed and basically immoral, but not like serial killer or psychopaths. It’s a fine line and he absolutely nails it!
David (Patrick Wilson — The Phantom of the Opera, Insidious: Chapter 2, The Conjuring, etc.) is the ringleader of the little group, who becomes fixated on doing away with Stacy, the irritant. He’s does the research and “pitches” the idea to his golfing buddies as a sort of “what if” scenario. It’s a good idea, but it needs a little work.
The thought of murdering Stacy is sort of hanging out there, but when the perfect moment presents itself it is Tom (Scott Foley), not David, that seizes upon the opportunity to kill her. Remember, this is not a horror film, but a comedy. So his murder attempt goes embarrassingly awry, but works anyway.
With a little coaching, the rest of the gang, which includes Ronnie (James Carpinello), Geena (Amy Acker) and Amanda (Veronkia Dominczyk), are able to play their roles and be properly mortified (and mock-sad) that poor Stacy has died of an “unplanned” accident. Now, it is only a matter of disposing of her body.
Ward, sad that his wife has died, but not too sad, goes along with the plan — calling 911 is never a serious option — even after it dawns on him that the accident was no accident at all.
The writing is devilishly good, the timing of the ensemble cast is pitch-perfect, the pacing is swift (no padding here) and the result is a black comedy that will certainly offend more than a few, but in the end Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife works. Well Go has a hit here … Mar. 3 can’t come soon enough!!!