Film: I Love You To Death

No pizzas were harmed during the filming of this movie.

Joey Boca: I cheated on my wife.
Priest: You committed adultery?
Joey Boca: Yes.
Priest: How many times?
Joey Boca: Uh... 5 times the last 2 weeks... wait, no, that's wrong... it was uh... it was uh, 4 times this week, uh... with 3 women, and uh... 3 times last week with 2 other women... wow... plus one of the women from this week was the same as last week... or maybe 2 of the women was the same... so uh... I guess that uh... makes uh... what, uh... I dunno, 7 times... I mean it was more than uh... 7 times, father, it was, it was more like uh... 10 or 12 times but, you know, it was like on uh... 7 different occasions uh... only with 5 different women uh... uh... but uh... some of the women eh... more than once uh... some of them, quite a few times uh... in fact uh... it's hard to say father, I, I didn't exactly keep count but uh... uh, let let's say a dozen times in the last 2 weeks, uh... give or take a few times...

I Love You to Death is a Black Comedy from 1990 starring Kevin Kline and Tracey Ullman as Joey and Rosalie Boca, an Italian-American and Polish-American married couple. They earn a modest living running a pizzeria with Joey making a few bucks on the side as a handyman. Unfortunately, money's not the only thing Joey is getting on the side. Rosalie finds out that he's been cheating on her with several of his clients. Devastated, she vows to get back at him. As a devout Catholic, divorce is out of the question. Murder, on the other hand ...

Hilarity Ensues when Joey proves harder to kill than anticipated, while remaining blissfully unaware that anyone is trying to kill him. Rosalie is aided in her attempts by her tough-as-nails mother Nadja (Joan Plowright), devoted busboy with a crush Devo (River Phoenix), and two drug-addicts turned impromptu hitmen Harlan and Marlon (William Hurt and Keanu Reeves).


The film contains examples of:

  • The Casanova: As seen above, Joey Really Gets Around
  • Dirty Communists: Invoked by Harlan and Marlon. They may be performing murder for hire, but they're getting paid, which makes them better than Commies.
  • Foreign Language Tirade: Joey confesses to using one against his mother-in-law, but justifies it since it was in Italian and she couldn't understand it, so it's technically not a sin. The priest considers for a moment and declares "Oh no, it counts."
    • Happens again when the mother-in-law- in question starts chewing him out in Polish, while being chewed out in Italian, with Rosalie (the only one who can understand both but is the target of neither) sits in the middle and tries to get them both to stop in English.
  • Made of Iron: Joey is beaten, poisoned, and shot, but is still up for a game of Monopoly. In fact, shooting him in the head only wakes him up from his poisoning. When asked how he feels, he only claims to have a bit of a headache due to a virus.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Inspired by the actual case of the Toto's, a Pennsylvanian couple where, in 1984, the husband was poisoned and shot by his wife. He spent four days in bed before being discovered. They later reconciled and did the TV interview circuit: him from the studio and her from prison.
  • Woman Scorned: Rosalie was a perfectly nice and normal person until she found out her husband was banging half the neighborhood.


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