The Honeymoon Killers is the type of film that has quite the reputation for being disturbing, and while it is, it's definitely dated in that assertion. It's about Martha, an overweight, lonely nurse who meets Ray through a newspaper column. Desperate for affection, Martha falls for Ray and agrees to let Ray continue to romance and con other woman out of money, as long as she can take along, pretending to be his sister. The character of Martha is the most interesting and compelling character in the film. As the couple goes on these Con's, her insecurities and fear of losing her man come to the surface in a very compelling and genuine way. I really found myself questioning Ray's intentions, as it relates to Martha, throughout the film and a lot of that could be contributed to Shirly Stoler's performance. Shirly Stoler really does a lot for this character in her portrayal, making Martha by far the most interesting and compelling character, even though she's essentially a psychopath. My biggest problem with the film is there was actually very little killing or murder until near the end of the film with not much happening through the meat of the story. It's all very repetitive: they meet a new woman to con, Martha get's jealous and her insecurities shine through as Ray gets closer to the woman he is conning, REPEAT. That being said, the film does have some great sequences-the lake sequence, or the final 15 minutes or so, which are great, but I found it to drag in the middle too much to give it a great rating.
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