Some weird fluxes in tone handicap this action-rom-com, starring current box-office belle Katherine Heigl and Twitter colossus Ashton Kutcher. It starts as a straightforward comedy of embarrassment, Heigl making an ass of herself when she meets the laughably handsome Kutcher. She’s a risk-averse “normal” girl; he’s an assassin – naturally, love blooms. Set three years later, the middle-section then becomes a Mr and Mrs Smith-style suburban chase, as three years later neighbours and co-workers are suddenly revealed as bloodthirsty killers. And the ending, well, that takes a turn for the bizarre and badly explained.
Heigl and Kutcher do their best to hold it together, but with a script that requires her to go from borderline basketcase to responsible citizen and back again, and which can’t decide if he’s a tragic hero, a sarky comedian or simple eyecandy, they can’t quite make it work.