LaRoy, Texas (2024)

LaRoy, Texas (2024)

Blackmail and betrayal intersect in this small town Texan crime comedy

7.0

Movie

France, United States of America
English
Comedy, Crime, Thriller
2024
SHANE ATKINSON
A.J. Buckley, Alex Knight, Bob Clendenin
110 min

TLDR

When will John Magano be treated right?

What it's about

After being cheated on by his wife, and disrespected by his brother and business partner, store owner Ray decides to kill himself. However, before he can pull the trigger, he gets mistaken for a low-rent hired killer, and decides to take on the gig.

The take

Sometimes, especially when you’ve gone without it for so long, you would do anything for a shred of respect. LaRoy, Texas depicts exactly that, with a store owner Ray being so unwilling to stand up for himself that his wife cheats on him with his brother, who steals from the family business. It's a terrible situation to be in, of course, but it's played out in a dry, comedic way, as detective-wannabe Skip pokes on the wound when trying his best to solve the case, and as each surprise reveals how terribly incompetent the small town deals with things. While it doesn't quite compare to the neo-Westerns of Coen brothers it’s inspired by, LaRoy, Texas is both fun and tragic, and a promising debut for writer-director Shane Atkinson.

What stands out

The cast! Whoever decided to pair Magano and Zahn in this is brilliant.

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