There was a lot of offbeat humor and a noirish feel to "If Looks Could Kill." Officer Paul Walker falls big time for a blonde whom he "rescues" from assault by a male in a bar. But it turns out that she was the instigator, not the man. Things move quickly, and the ex-Marine marries the woman who goes by the name of Jessica Munroe. In fact, the name is an alias for Jessalyne Montgomery, who has a rap sheet that includes multiple counts of fraud, aggravated assault, and solicitation.
The one comfort that Paul has in life is his everlasting friend appropriately named Faith. Officer Faith Grey has recently joined the police force, and she instantly recognizes that her friend has been played for a sucker. Faith investigates Jessica's background and tries to warn Paul. But his skull is so thick he will not even read the police blotter on his wife.
By the midpoint, the film noir style kicks in with Miss Munroe having aspirations to go to Hollywood to become a movie star. By this time, Paul has become baggage to her. She is cast in a local commercial for mattresses, and she believes that it is just a matter of time before she is discovered. The best line in the film occurs during an argument between Paul and Jessica when she says, "I'm a movie star, not a mattress star!!!"
The drama becomes tawdry and sordid when Jessica takes a lover in a young actor, whom she enlists in a dastardly plot to murder both Paul and Faith. It was surprising that the most interesting character in the film was the mild-mannered Faith. Her quiet intensity and her deep devotion to Paul resonated throughout the film.
"If Looks Could Kill" is worth seeing for the character of Faith, who is an unsung superstar, merely doing her job and the right thing.