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POSTED: June 3, 2011 12:40 p.m.
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Rupert Grint (Tony) looks on as Bill Nighy (Victor) blindfolds Emily Blunt (Rose) in "Wild Target."

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Some box office giants are battling it out in theaters this week. “The Hangover Part II” currently is in the top spot, boasting the biggest ever five-day opening for an R-rated movie, according to hollywoodreporter.com.
On its tail are “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Down in the No. 6 slot is “Fast Five.” Did you notice those are all sequels?
At any rate, it was a little comedy, new to DVD, that captured my attention.
What was it? Well, it came from Director Jonathon Lynn, who is behind such films as “Clue,” “Nuns on the Run,” and “My Cousin Vinny.”
Now the British filmmaker brings us “Wild Target,” which follows straight-laced hit man Victor Maynard on his contract to murder Rose, a kooky, careless thief who turns Maynard’s life completely upside down. 
When Maynard, who may be falling in love with Rose, fails to kill her, he is forced instead to protect her from the killer sent in to finish the job.
“Wild Target” has a genuinely funny script and a stellar cast, which includes Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and “Harry Potter” actor Rupert Grint, who actually becomes the hit man’s apprentice in this film.
This is the sort of timeless comedy that reminds me of old-school gems like “What’s Up, Doc?” starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal.
I recommend “Wild Target” because I’m a fan!

 

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