In the first Mr. Right trailer, Anna Kendrick has horrible taste in men. She somehow manages to find potential boyfriends who cheat on her, treat her bad, or are secretly a reverse hitman. Funny enough, that latter option, which comes to her in the form of Sam Rockwell, is her best option.
Directed by Paco Cabezas (Penny Dreadful) and written by Max Landis, Mr. Right also stars Tim Roth and has a similar spin on Landis’ American Ultra; that film saw a stoner sleeper agent grappling with matters of the heart, this one sees the same dilemma for Francis, a former hitman who now offs the people who hire him. As a federal manhunt for Francis ensues, Kendrick’s Martha is still reluctant to throw this fish back in the ocean, especially since he has the same weird, off-beat personality she does.
If you can get past the 17-year age gap between the lead actors, Mr. Right, while nothing extraordinary, seems like a fun watch. Then again, so did American Ultra at the time which later went on to earn the ire of numerous critics. Working for Mr. Right is the positive buzz that came from its premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. In his review, Collider’s Phil Brown called it “a hell of a lot more fun” than American Ultra, so maybe Rockwell and Kendrick are quirky and charismatic enough to hold it all together and find love in a hopeless place.
Mr. Right, which also features RZA, will debut in select theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on April 8th.
Hyperactive at the best of times, Martha (Anna Kendrick; Pitch Perfect) has gone full-on manic since her latest breakup. She babbles, parties like a monster, cooks everything in sight – and is looking to do something terrible when she meets Francis (Sam Rockwell; The Way Way Back). To anyone else, Francis’s approach would come across as creepy, but Martha can’t help but be intrigued. They seem a perfect match: she’s bananas, he’s bananas… except he’s a deadly sort of bananas. He’s a professional assassin. Francis is a hitman with a cause: he unexpectedly kills the people ordering the hits. Just as Martha begins to realize her new beau wasn’t joking when he said he had to step out for a moment to shoot someone, things start heating up for Francis. His services are solicited by a dubious client who’s being sought by an equally dubious FBI agent (Tim Roth; Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs). As the bodies pile up, Martha needs to decide whether to flee or join in the mayhem.