A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.
A grade-school prelude in which a girl announces that she intends to grow up to be not a doctor or lawyer but a T-Rex foreshadows the wildness lurking inside Martha (Kendrick), who has just dumped her philandering boyfriend and is frightening friends with her drunken plans to “do something terrible.”
Martha doesn’t really get into trouble, though, until she sobers up and attracts the attention of Francis (Rockwell). They meet cute by knocking over a rack of condoms together in a convenience store, and the cute keeps coming: By the end of their spontaneous daylong first date through colorful New Orleans locales, they’re wearing matching t-shirts and valentine-shaped sunglasses. Max Landis’s screenplay gives them the kind of self-consciously clever banter that can go awry very easily (see the screenwriter’s directing debut Me Him Her for an example), but Kendrick and Rockwell are the right kind of actors for this kind of flirting, and they build enough momentum here to carry the picture over the potential speed bumps ahead.
Those obstacles concern Francis’ line of work. He’s a world-famous assassin who, a while back, had a moral epiphany about murder. Now he only kills those who want him to kill other people, which means that a lot of his old business associates — like Tim Roth’s Hopper, currently posing as an FBI agent — want to kill him. Snipers are on his tail even as he courts Martha, and without her noticing it, Francis deftly tangos her out of the line of fire. He’s always dancing, in fact, dodging bullets and attackers’ fists with superhuman grace. As he will eventually explain to Martha, he’s blessed with the ability to feel “this sweeping current” guiding objects through the world, and to flow with it subconsciously. That’s right, fanboys: He’s not just a killer on par with Luc Besson’s Professional, he’s a Jedi.
Martha thinks her suitor’s casual references to killing people are all in fun. When she finally sees him in action, it’s like the moment when you realize your perfect new lover actually does think Donald Trump has some good ideas about how to make America great again. She recoils, but changes her mind soon enough when she sees the kind of bad guys who are out to get him, and realizes they don’t mind kidnapping her to lure him into their sights.