When not solving murders in Tinseltown, Detective Joe Gavilan and his rookie partner Kasey Calden both moonlight in other fields: Gavilan sells real estate (poorly), and Calden aspires to become an actor (Brando, namely). Assigned to the vicious in-club slaying of a promising young rap act, the two detective delve into the recording industry where they hope to find answers - ideally ones that also come with property buyers or auditions. Written by
Joe Gavilan's frequently heard cell phone ring is the opening riff of "My Girl", while K.C. Calden's phone plays "Funkytown". See more »
The dents on the passenger side of K. C. Calden's car disappear during the chase. See more »
Shooting Practice Announcer:
Shooters step up to the 20 yard line.
[K.C. has trouble shooting his target during shooting practice, so Joe shoots his and K.C.'s at the same time]
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During the end credits, Joe and K.C. arrive at the location of their new crime scene investigation. See more »
Hollywood Homicide was a victim of an unsteady marketing campaign that didn't know whether to advertise the film as a comedy or a cop-drama. It does involve cops and a murder investigation but it is the natural humour in the movie and the interplay between Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett that is the best reason to see it. Harrison Ford is as likable and gruff and easily humourous in this movie as you will ever see him. Having seen Sabrina and 6 Days 7 Nights, I was prepared for the worst, but Ford was on-key here and it was a happy surprise to watch him. He is effortlessly good here.
Josh Hartnett's character had been partnered with Ford's for four months so they are comfortable with one another. It's not played as old cop / young hotshot rookie but as seasoned cop / good but inexperienced kid and it works well. There is a scene where Hartnett wears himself out chasing a suspect on foot while Ford instead follows in the car. The suspect is caught when Ford parks the car, gets out and waits patiently for the suspect to emerge from an alley and then trips him, allow a breathless Hartnett to finally cuff him.
The murder plot is perhaps too dark for this movie and it is the discordant note in it. The movie might have done better to have painted the bad guys as just bad and not evil. But don't bother about the murder investigation or bad guys and watch the movie for Ford and Hartnett. Ford especially sparkles and it would be a shame not to see him when he's so good.
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