Wild Target

Year: 2010
Production Co: Magic Light Pictures
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Writer: Lucinda Coxon
Cast: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Rpert Everett, Martin Freeman

This sweet little slapstick comedy punches far above its weight and fails as often as it succeeds.

Bill Nighy is the strait-laced, stiff upper lip British gentleman who also happens to be a professional hitman. Emily Blunt is a professional art thief who gets on the wrong side of the gangsters she's been dealing with when she leaves them with a fake and takes off with their loot.

They immediately assign the hero to bump her off, but – for a reason that's never really explained – he drives off with her instead, rescuing her from the bad guy's goons at the last moment.

For even more tenuous reasons that aren't explained, a bumbling kid (Grint) who happens to be nearby falls in with them as well and the three make for the country where they start to bond despite themselves.

The production is kind of cheap in places and the laughs dry up during the final third. Nighy and Blunt are also far enough apart in age to make it the grossest romantic pairing since Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones in Entrapment, but a few of the laughs are earnest.

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