Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
  • Time: 103 min
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Director: Shane Black
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan


In LA, while escaping from the police after an unsuccessful robbery, the small time thief Harry Lockhart is accidentally submitted to an audition for a role of detective in a movie, and invited to a party. He meets a private eye Gay Perry, who suggests him to participate of an investigation to develop his character. He also meets the gorgeous aspirant actress Harmony Faith Lane, and finds that she was a friend of his childhood for whom he had a crush. Harry and Perry get involved in an intricate murder case with many leads. With the support of Harmony, they find the sordid truth of the case.

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  • It didn’t take long to realize this film would be a blast. The opening set up (following the colorfully stylized opening credits) is all wink and nod as petty thief Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself in a jam with the cops and makes his escape via a film audition. Watching that scene I had to wonder why the audition was going on in what looked like a tenement building, but hey, just go with it and try not to think about it too much.

    It will probably help not to think too much about everything that follows as well. Which doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention. There are so many twists and turns in this flick that at times it doesn’t seem to make any sense, but then things manage to come together for a genuinely sleek and effective noir styled thriller. If I had my way, the picture could have toned down some of the self referential business, because after a while it begins to get a bit pretentious. But the cool thing is that Downey manages to make most of it work pretty well. The dialog is crisp and funny, and his pairing with Val Kilmer is one of the more effective team-ups without actually turning into a buddy movie. Interestingly, even though Kilmer’s Gay Perry is supposed to be just that, the film doesn’t indulge in any gratuitous homo-eroticism to make a point.

    Even if you don’t go for stuff like this, there would seem to be something here for everyone. It’s the rare film that will offer up lessons on conjugating adverbs successfully, and if you’re an old time TV and movie fan like myself, you’ll delight in anticipating the obligatory explanation of the name of Harmony’s airline stewardess gal pal – “Flicka, Flicka. You know, my friend?” If you don’t get that one, you really should look it up.

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