Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) is a small-time crook who never seems to have a good day. But when running from his latest botched robbery, Harry accidentally stumbles into a film audition and is an instant success. The agent flies Harry to Hollywood to train for an upcoming role as a private investigator. There he shadows a homosexual PI, known as “Gay Perry”? (Val Kilmer), and runs into his old high-school crush, Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan). But just when Harry’s fortunes seem to be turning around, he and Perry discover a dead body and a twisted cover-up plot. So, Harry, Perry and Harmony must work to expose the murderer while also avoiding the deadly traps being set for them.
I cannot believe a Hollywood studio paid anyone to make this film. Shane Black is a terrible writer and director. The dialog in the movie was filled with gratuitous obscenities and profanities, seemingly just to have them in there. Black even throws a line in at the end of the film seemingly mocking the values of people in the Midwest. “And for all you who live in the Midwest, sorry we said the f-word so much.”
It amazes me the Val Kilmer would be in this film. Given Robert Downey Jr.’s past history, no surprise there, but one would think that Kilmer could afford to be a bit more selective in the roles he agrees to do.
This is an R-rated film that will do nothing at the box office. Since opening in limited release on October 21st, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” has grossed a paltry $1,143,500 in US Box Office receipts. Compare that to “Chicken Little,” a November 4th family film release with $45,811,932 in US Box Office receipts. What is Warner Brothers thinking about when throwing money away on a film like “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”?
If you are thinking about going to this film, pick something else. There are many other films out in the theatres right now that are much better.