Synopsis: Alex, a sad-eyed mournful man, goes into psychotherapy: he discloses he's a hit man. He also tells the doctor, after a few sessions, that he's attracted to a young woman he's met in the waiting room. She's Sarah, 23, quick, edgy, and perhaps attracted to him as well. But he's married, the dutiful father of a young precocious boy, so Sarah brushes him off. In flashbacks we see him get his start as a killer, at his father's prompting: it's the family business. Dad gives Alex his next assignment: to kill the therapist. Alex keeps returning to Sarah, calling her, stopping by her apartment, as he decides what to do about the hit, his father, his marriage, and his malaise.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Henry Bromell
Production: Roxie Releasing
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

You ever get the

feeling you're dead?

Like some dog

lying in the street...

that's been hit by a car

and left there to rot?

Like I don't know why... why I

bother getting up in the morning.

we've been through this before, alex.

You suffer from mood swings.

You're depressive.

I met someone. Someone?

A girl.

You're married, alex.

The thing is,

when I see her, this girl,

I don't feel dead anymore.

- Who is she?

- Just some girl.

What's her name? I don't know.

When did you meet her?

Few weeks ago.

Where? Here.

Out in the waiting room, the

first time I came to see you.

First time? Excuse me?

This is your first time, right?

Uh, yeah.

I can tell.

You have to push the button.

Now what? Wait.

No smoking.

I think dr. Leavitt's got a potential

suicide on her hands or something.

Excuse me?

The shrink I'm waiting for...

dr. Leavitt...

she's 15 minutes late, came out here and

apologized that she had an emergency...

did I mind waiting?

I said, "no." I was still reading this

article on how to keep your marriage alive.

Listen to this. "I suggest a

candlelit dinner once a week...

"and maybe a good foot massage...

something gentle and intimate to

bring a couple back together again."

So sad, don't you think?

People fall in love, they can't

stop thinking about each other,

they can't keep their hands off of each

other, then who knows what happens?

They suddenly don't like each other anymore?

Maybe it's not so sudden.

Anyway, I finished the article, and now

I'm just sitting here, waiting, like you.

What's your problem?

I don't have a problem.

Then why are you here?

Alex? That's me.

Hi. I'm dr. Parks.

Come on in, alex. Sit down.

There's nothing wrong with me.

Excuse me?

I'm not sick or, you know, crazy.

I'm a therapist, alex.

Therapy is as common

as gasoline.

It's what we need

to keep us going.

It's not a mental ward. Please.

So, tell me, Sam Graylee

sent you my way? Yes.

Sam's a good doctor.

How old are you, alex?

- What are you doing?

- Making notes.

No notes.

Okay, no notes.

What do you do for a living?

I've got two jobs.

I run a small mail-order

business out of the house...

lawn ornaments, kitchen gewgaws,

sexual aids, things like that.

And the rest of the time?

I work for my father.

Doing what?

I kill people.

Who was he?

I don't know.

- You get paid for killing people?

- Mm-hmm.

You're joking.

You're testing me.


Is that why you're here?

What do you mean?

I mean, are you here seeking professional

help because you kill people?

No. I'm confused. Why

are you here then?

I-I don't...

I don't really know.

I've never been

to a shrink before.

I don't believe in shrinks.

We are who we are, right?

I should go. I'm gonna go.

Sorry. I'm wasting your time.

How much do I owe you?

Each session is $125.

Ouch. What are you

feeling right now?

Poor. I'm just kidding.

What are you really

feeling, alex?

Tired. I feel tired.

Deidre, why does our son

avoid me?

I'm not avoiding you.

We were supposed to have

lunch today, mr. No-show.

L-I had a doctor's appointment.

Doctor's appointment? Which doctor?


You could've told me.

You left me in a lurch.

I was sittin' there like a bride

at an altar, for Christ's sake.

Dad, I'm sorry, okay? I forgot.

Are you sick? No.

You okay? I mean, why didn't

you tell me? I'm fine.

What's wrong with you? Nothing's wrong with me.

I said I'm fine.

Well, if you're fine, how

come you went to the doctor?

My back's been hurting. L-i thought

I might have pulled something.

What'd dr. Graylee say?

He said I pulled something. That's it?

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Henry Bromell

Alfred Henry Bromell (September 19, 1947 – March 18, 2013) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and director. more…

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