A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
‘Seven Psychopaths” is many things, chief among them a long-overdue love letter to Christopher Walken and a crudely drawn ransom note from Sam Rockwell. Mostly it represents playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh trying mightily to up his game. Having disturbed theatergoers with stage dramas like “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and “The Pillowman,” and having delighted movie audiences with the existential gangster comedy “In Bruges” (2008), the Irish bad boy of letters wants to prove he can do it all: make a parody Tarantino movie while going Tarantino one better, pull off a Charlie Kaufman-style meta-movie with genre film juice, give a Guy Ritchie crime caper a literate spin. Basically he wants to be both Coen brothers in one body.