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The Merry Gentleman
The Merry Gentleman
Actors: Michael Keaton, Kelly Macdonald, Tom Bastounes, Mike Bradecich, Debbi Burns
Director: Michael Keaton
Genres: Drama
R     2009     1hr 36min

Running away from a troubled marriage, Kate Frazier (Kelly Macdonald, No Country for Old Men) hopes to find anonymity with a new home and a new job in Chicago. What Kate finds instead is Frank Logan (Michael Keaton, Batman...  more »

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Actors: Michael Keaton, Kelly Macdonald, Tom Bastounes, Mike Bradecich, Debbi Burns
Director: Michael Keaton
Creators: Tom Bastounes, Chris Seager, Grant Myers, Christina Varotsis, Paul J. Duggan, Steven A. Jones, Ron Lazzeretti
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Genius Entertainment
Format: DVD - Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 11/10/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 6/23/2012...
The Merry Gentleman seems to be mis-titled! There isn’t even anyone in the movie that appears to be close to being “Merry” other than the fact it takes place beginning with the Christmas season. I love Michael Keaton but this film, that stars him and is directed by him, is really hard to “rate”! Bobby Cannavale (Third Watch, Shall We Dance?) is an abusive husband (who is also a police detective) who beats up his wife Kate, played by Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald (No Country For Old Men, Boardwalk Empire). She runs away from him and soon witnesses a man about to jump from a building and screams for him to stop! That man is Michael Keaton (Batman, Beatlejuice) and he’s a hit-man with a conscious evidently.
Along comes another cop, Murcheson played by Tom Bastounes (Chucking Tomatoes, The Opera Lover) and Kate is obviously fearful of another cop in her life! The whole thing is actually captivating and romance is in the air but an abrupt ending was, for me, just not satisfying!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jerry S. from OCEANSIDE, CA
Reviewed on 4/18/2012...
Liked it a lot
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A confused yet moderately entertaining Christmas noir.
Russell Fanelli | Longmeadow, MA USA | 10/16/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The title of The Merry Gentleman, Michael Keaton's directorial debut, comes from the beginning of the film when hitman Keaton helps secretary Kelly MacDonald, who has fallen under a Christmas Tree she is trying to bring into her apartment. Earlier, MacDonald saw Keaton standing on the ledge of a building across from her office. Keaton had just made a "hit" and was contemplating suicide. It turns out that Keaton is a tailor who kills people on the side and hates himself for it. Does he show up at MacDonald's door to kill her because she might be able to identify him? After helping her bring her tree into her apartment, he walks away, only to return the next day to visit her. Unfortunately, he has pneumonia and falls senseless the ground outside her apartment. MacDonald finds him, gets him to the hospital, and a beautiful friendship is born -- on Christmas Day, no less.

All this described action takes place in the first few minutes of the movie. The rest of the film explores the relationship of Keaton and MacDonald, and it is well done. If the film doesn't make much sense, we don't care because we are genuinely interested in what is going to happen to this odd couple. The police are after Keaton and MacDonald's abusive husband is after her. Will the police catch Keaton and will MacDonald's husband find her? We care about the answers to these questions and watch with some interest as the plot plays out.

As mentioned in the beginning of this review, this film is Michael Keaton's directorial debut. He directs his cast, particularly MacDonald, reasonably well, but the story is confusing, particularly his own role as hitman. All the characters related to the hitman part of the story are given marginal status in the film. They appear, disappear, and are forgotten. We have no idea what motivates Keaton and this is a problem. How are we to understand his behavior towards MacDonald? He kills people mercilessly, yet he is kind and caring toward MacDonald.

I have been careful to avoid mentioning any spoilers in this review. I recommend the film because the Keaton/MacDonald story is genuinely interesting and well done. At the very end the viewer can decide what sense it all makes. I must admit confusion and some slight disappointment."
Fear, hope and quiet companionship.
J. Kucinski | 11/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A quiet, powerful story of two people with different cases of post-traumatic stress. One is a suicidal killer, the other a battered wife who is afraid to trust anyone.
Frank Logan (Michael Keaton) is really good at being a hitman and is also an excellent tailor with his own store.
Frank is conflicted: think "Gross Point Blank" middle aged and without comedy.
He also methodically kills any possible witnesses. Frank's hit jobs are not at all emotional, they are done with a sense of workmanship and inevitability. Even one of Frank's victims said he was wondering when he would finally come.
Frank meets Kate Frazier (Kelly Macdonald) in person after she saw him from afar trying to commit suicide after a technically well executed hit job. It's likely he has come to kill her but he collapses outside her door with pneumonia. She takes him to the hospital and then spends Christmas day with him there.
Kate has been trying her best to stay away from prodding questions and to remain alone because she has been badly beaten by her policeman husband and has left him to start a new, safer life.
Kate doesn't realize that Frank is the hitman. He is at least as alienated and closed off as she is and she somehow feels some safety in his quiet presence. He asks no prying questions and seems as alone in the world as she is. They bond over little unspoken kindnesses and events of everyday life.
Frank and Kate slowly develop a solid companionship together. He is quietly sensitive to her and tries to take care of her.
Kate's husband finds her and terrifies her again. Unfortunately for him, Frank finds out.
The apparent suicide of Kate's husband brings unwanted attention to Frank from the police. A policeman who has been interested in Kate (without success) informs her that Frank is probably the hitman and likely also killed her husband.
Frank must leave and he does leave,as much for her as himself. But he does not kill himself or anyone else as he leaves.
The Merry Gentleman
Low key hitman melodrama, a little holiday thrown in
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 11/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Michael Keaton has one of the best hit man faces out there, and I enjoyed watching this slow paced tale unfold and in the end, embrace a certain ambiguity.

The story follows the unlikely crossing of paths between a professional hitter and a Scottish secretary who inadvertently sees Keaton after he has sniped someone. We never get too much background on him, nor why he does anything that he does, but we do get a relationship development theme. What made this stand out was the writing regarding the police, they were shown as actually figuring out the mysteries surrounding the story (instead of them being oblivious and looking dumb). Not the most conclusive ending for the characters, but I liked it.

The DVD clarity is good and the sound is adequate; the supplement is a 16 minute making-of that had some good behind the scenes about Keaton's thought process on both sides of the camera. 3.5 for the film and DVD quality, .5 for the supplement."