Style and substance and fun and Zellweger in satin panties and guns and tattooed Rory Cochrane heads and vegetables being pissed on and a road trip and an overriding sense of cool. That's Love And A .45. The story of yet another "couple in love, on the run from crooks." Where this one differs is it's awesome characters, its stylized look, its cool soundtrack and a top line cast. This is Zellweger's breakout role, for mine. A very similar role to her Empire Records stint, but a little bit more trailer park and a little less "My Sherona."So Wiley Watts (Gil Bellows) is wanted by the law. That’s no shock since he and his dearly beloved (Renee Zellweger) stage regular rip-offs by passing truck drivers. The usual MO is Zellweger waves the truck off the road, the driver leers at her fine form, then she plays it up and stages the robbery when they’re at their most vulnerable.
Meanwhile, a couple of speedballing goombahs by the name of Dinosaur Bob and Crazy Cody are looking to get repaid some money Wiley owes them, leading them to pee on his vegetables and set a drug-crazed hitman (Rory Cochrane) his way. Cochrane is so damn 'dusted' and nasty that you hate him very early on and build that hate as you go. A dubious hillbilly lawman by the name of Ranger X is also on our heroes' trail, making for one very twisted little desert noir road trip.
Peter Fonda is cool as hell in a cameo as a drug-fucked hippie who talks through a robotic voice box, but the real star here is Gill Bellows. He simply exudes cool and anti-hero all the way. He'd have been a great lead in Natural Born Killers and looks to me like he could play asshole just as well as he could play love interest. As I write this review the soundtrack is pounding through my head, which is amazing since I never owned it and haven't seen the movie in two years. It's just an awesome score.
More than that, this is an awesome film. If you're a Tarantino fan, you should love it. If you're a Rodriguez fan, you'll dig it. If you're an Empire Records fan, this could well be your way out of the wilderness. If you’re a movie fan in general, this is most definitely something different.It's trailer trash on the run from inbreds and hillbilly cops, forced to team up with drug freaks and mute hippies. How could you go wrong?