A consistently intelligent (or at least bright), coherently constructed comedy that is on occasion a rather pointed critique of the American education system in the…
Anthony LaPaglia was born with a woeful countenance, but his face looks even more sad near the beginning of "Bulletproof Heart," as he sits on the bed of a man he has just killed. He watches TV - the same program his victim was watching when LaPaglia murdered him. The program does not amuse him. After a while, he reaches over and tests the man's pulse, to be sure he is dead. The mark of a professional.
LaPaglia plays Mick, a hired killer. He has theories about his job, which he sometimes shares with Archie (Matt Craven), who admires him and wants to be just like him. "A man should not confide," he says. And, "When a man has the gun in his hand, he does not hesitate." LaPaglia is ready for a rest after his latest hit. Then his friend George (Peter Boyle) walks in, with a job that has to be done tonight.
It's a woman who stiffed him for $650,000. The strange thing is, the woman wants to be killed. Mick can't understand this: "Then why hasn't she already been killed?" he asks. "I was gonna whack her myself," George says. "I couldn't do it. I'm crazy about the broad." Mick protests. He is tired. He is busy. George persists: "She wants it tonight, or she told me she's going to the D.A. in the morning." Mick reluctantly agrees. He takes Archie along. They go to the woman's apartment.
Archie waits outside. She is throwing a party for herself, to celebrate her impending death. She sends the guests away. She is fascinated by Mick. They start to talk. "Do you shoot them? Where?" she asks. He says, "In Jersey, mostly." She seduces him, ties him to the bed, ravishes him, then pours champagne on his scratches. We are beginning to understand why George found it hard to kill her.
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