Brian M. Raftery
June 07, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Wish You Were Dead

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Cary Elwes, Mary Steenburgen, Billy Ray Cyrus, Robert Englund, Elaine Hendrix, Sally Kirkland, Christopher Lloyd, Gene Simmons
director
Valerie McCaffrey

We gave it a D

Playing against just about every type imaginable, the normally dry — not to mention British — Cary Elwes stars here as a bumbling, virginal Southern insurance adjuster who finds himself seduced by both a money-grubbing harpy (Mary Steenburgen) and a conflicted hired killer (Elaine Hendrix). Awkwardly performed and woefully familiar, this guns-and-groaners bore is yet another entry in the long-expired genre of ”quirky” crime comedies — though at least ”Wish”’s audience will be able to relate to its title.

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