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Killers is an American Rom Com directed by Robert Luketic and starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher plays Spencer, a professional assassin working for the U.S. government who quits his job after a chance encounter with Jen (Katherine Heigl), with whom he quickly falls in love and whom he eventually marries.

Three years later, however, his idyllic life is shattered when his old boss Holbrook (Martin Mull) is murdered, and undercover assassins come after him for the $20 million bounty on his head. Unfortunately for him, Jen catches Spencer dealing with one of them. And they're his neighbors. And Jen's just discovered she's pregnant.

This film contains examples of:

  • The Ace: Spencer.
  • Action Girl:
    • All the female assassins, but Vivian is the most salient example, nearly taking out Spencer all on her own.
    • Jen evolves into this, in a wholesome, 1950s, trust circle kind of way.
  • Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Many of the assassins come off as this, but seeing as this is a Rom Com, it's mostly just Played for Laughs.
  • The Alcoholic: Jen's mom, to judge by her drinking every chance she gets.
  • A-Team Firing: For professional hitmen carrying automatic weapons, Spencer's neighbors sure do suck at their jobs.
  • Back-to-Back Poster: One poster features protagonist Jen Kornfeldt and her new Love Interest Spencer Aimes standing in this arrangement. The difference between them is noted in their props; she's holding a makeup kit, and he's holding up a gun as he happens to be a professional assassin.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted in dialogue, not in practice.
  • But We Used a Condom!: Subverted. Spencer protests that she was on the pill but Jen explains that the antibiotic she took at the time canceled out the pill. Oops. Although, only a small number of antibiotics would do that, such as the rifamycins, mainly for treating tuberculosis.
  • The Cameo: Usher as a store employee.
  • Car Fu
  • Carnival of Killers: And that's putting it mildly. Hell, even Spencer Lampshades it:
    Spencer: (as yet another neighbor attempts to kill him) Is there anyone NOT trying to kill me today?!
  • Chandler's Law: To the extreme. Whenever the action gets boring, yet another gun-toting neighbor hops in to spice it up.
  • *Click* Hello: Subverted. Jen tries this on Vivian when she is strangling Spencer, but she doesn't even react to her and continues choking him. Jen angrily pulls the trigger, but the magazine falls out.
  • Fanservice: The film is very aware of its gorgeous lead actors, so there were a couple of scenes with shirtless Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: More of an antler decoration than a chandelier, but the effect is the same.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Both Spencer and Jen, when they're going through Henry's computer.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Spencer, who's a nice guy aside from his work, though he claims most of his hits were bad guys. Still, he admits not liking it entirely, and quite after getting with Jen.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Spencer.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Vivian, the assassin undercover as Spencer's assistant, gets impaled by a chandelier made out of deer antlers.
  • Lady Drunk: Jen's mom drinks at every opportunity. She's middle aged, kind of ditzy and likely a grown Hard-Drinking Party Girl.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Surprisingly averted - fully half the assassins are female and they go through exactly the same punishment as their male counterparts.
  • Mood Whiplash: Happens a few times, usually after one of the assassins hired to kill Spencer dies. Sure, they were pretending to be their friends, but some of the deaths are rather brutal, such as how Vivian is dispatched or Jen's friend, for that matter.
  • Nemesis Magnet: Spencer complains about being this during a car chase from another assassin.
  • Organization with Unlimited Funding: On top of the US$ 20 million bounty, the amount of money necessary to finance having dozens of assassins undercover, on standby, for three years truly boggles the mind.One has to wonder where Jen's father got that much money.
  • Pants-Positive Safety: Seems like all the people carry their guns in their pants waistband. Lampshaded by Spencer, when he points out that Jen's gun is showing, prompting her to comment on its size (well, it IS a Desert Eagle...).
  • Police Are Useless: Even though no one calls 911, the police never show up despite all the gunfire and Car Fu.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Pretty much the cause of the entire plot. Tom Selleck is also a former agent of some sort, and when Spencer's former boss who has gone dirty contacts Spencer, Selleck assumes that Spencer never quit working as an assassin and activates the sleepers.
  • Precision F-Strike: Jen has one in the "trust circle". It even catches Spencer off-guard.
  • Professional Killer: Spencer worked as one before quitting. Additionally, many more of them are hired to kill him.
  • Sexy Secretary: Vivian, Spencer's assistant, is an astonishingly gorgeous blonde.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: Jen does this. Nothing comes out of it, because she falls asleep before he even turns around and sees her.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Spencer's agency.
  • Running Gag: Oddly enough, Jen's mother's excessive drinking. Definitely Crosses the Line Twice but it depends on the viewer if it counts as Dude, Not Funny!.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Jen meets Spencer for the first time when he enters her elevator, shirtless.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: After Spencer asks what's going to happen when they have children given his job as a former assassin and in response to this, Jen throws up near his feet, revealing her pregnancy.
  • Wham Line: During a discussion with his wife concerning their future while evading gunfire, Spencer asks her a question which changes everything after Jen's answer to him.
    Spencer: What are we gonna do when we have kids?
  • Zip Me Up: Jen's zipper gets stuck, so Spencer cuts open the dress with his knife.