The Merry Gentlemen An abused young wife (Macdonald, playing very bruised-but-winsome) meets up with a middle-aged hitman (Keaton, who also makes his directorial debut), and the two share… The Merry Gentlemen An abused young wife (Macdonald, playing very bruised-but-winsome) meets up with a middle-aged hitman (Keaton, who also makes his directorial debut), and the two share… 2009-05-01 2009-04-01 R PT96M Drama Michael Keaton Kelly Macdonald Bobby Cannavale William Dick Samuel Goldwyn Films
Movie Review

The Merry Gentlemen (2009)

MPAA Rating: R
Michael Keaton | Hitman: Don't mess with Michael Keaton
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Hitman: Don't mess with Michael Keaton
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Limited Releases: May 01, 2009, Apr 01, 2009; Rated: R; Length: 96 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Michael Keaton and Kelly Macdonald; Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

An abused young wife (Macdonald, playing very bruised-but-winsome) meets up with a middle-aged hitman (Keaton, who also makes his directorial debut), and the two share their taciturn loneliness in The Merry Gentlemen. Meanwhile, the camera lingers on overcomposed shots signifying ''urban decay,'' ''human alienation,'' ''existential blues,'' etc. Set during a joyless Chicago Christmas (hence the carol-like title), this Debbie Downer of a drama is a bitter slog. But there's unintentional humor when Bobby Cannavale, as the abusive husband, finds religious salvation in a hysteria-prone monologue that must have been fun 
 to practice in front of friends. D+

Originally posted May 08, 2009 Published in issue #1046 May 08, 2009 Order article reprints