Role Play (2023)
January 21, 2024 7:13 AM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] Emma (Kaley Cuoco) has a wonderful husband and two kids in the suburbs of New Jersey. She also has a secret life as an assassin for hire... a secret that her husband David (David Oyelowo) discovers when the couple decide to spice up their marriage with a little role play.

Also starring Bill Nighy and Connie Nielsen.

26% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

An Amazon Prime original.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Kaley Cuoco's projects since leaving that ubiquitous TV show of hers have actually tended to be very fun. (The Flight Attendant, Based on a True Story). She's generally producing everything she's in now and she has a keen eye for material and a particular sense of humor.

This though... not good. Not garbage, but not good.

It never really feels like the movie has the sass it needs to work as a simple comedy and the attempts it makes to give Emma's spy life some harsh repercussions don't really have the teeth they need to go that more dangerous route. Cuoco is, as ever, a terrific comedic actor and Oyelowo is having fun doing something light for once, but they can't save this.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:16 AM on January 21 [4 favorites]

A bit too much killing for a funny romp. Honey, I just need to clean up a few things then our sweet fam can go on the run from the international assassin mob. But I kind of enjoyed it knowing nothing but the teasers and am kinda ok with light international criminal thrillers if the protagonist is cute.

(in her flight attendant series, I was mostly stunned by how much the character drank, any drinking scene would've left me incapacitated) (not sure how that compares but james bond can guzzle then leap off a cliff, it must be really tricky finding the right pitch of unreality mixed with the clever banter)
posted by sammyo at 9:16 PM on January 21

I agree that this film is not quite fun enough to really work, but is also better than the aggregate RT score suggests. I have no idea how those sites work; truly dire stuff regularly gets 50-75%, but an unremarkable (but hardly unwatchable) movie like this gets 26%? Make it make sense.

(I like the Flight Attendant portrayal of alcoholism. It felt true to me, since my experience -- as a person who likes to drink! as a person who has to take a few weeks a year and dry out, just in case! -- is that serious "problem drinkers" consume so much more alcohol than I thought humanly possible.)
posted by grandiloquiet at 2:49 PM on January 22 [1 favorite]

I will say the throw away line when she opens the nurses outfit and he says nurse practitioner had me laughing more then I expected.
posted by Carillon at 11:42 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]

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