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A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

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A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role... Written by austin4577@aol.com

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A bad week in a tough town. See more »


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Rated R for language, violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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14 September 2005 (France)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$53,872 (South Africa) (25 November 2005)

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$4,235,837 (USA) (6 January 2006)
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Warner Brothers were willing to produce the movie with a larger budget if Harrison Ford were to play the detective. When he passed, several other options were briefly considered before Val Kilmer was offered the role. See more »

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When Harry and Harmony are talking in the Domino Room, Harry points out the punk rocker who resembles Steven Seagal saying "at your 11 o'clock", on her left, but he points and she looks to her right. See more »

Quotes

Harry: She had something, that gal tonight, this quality. You know, like the girl from high school, the one that got away that - you know what I mean? - that haunts you still.
Perry: Yeah, I had that.
Harry: You did?
Perry: Bobby Mills.
Harry: Eugh. Hunh. Well, maybe you should try to get in touch with him. I got 5 bucks says you could still get him.
Perry: Really? That's funny. I got a 10 says pass the pepper. I got two quarters sing harmony on "Moonlight in Vermont".
Harry: What?
Harry: Talking money.
Harry: A talking monkey?
Perry: A talking monkey, yeah, yeah...
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At the end of the movie, Val Kilmer says not to leave; to stay and watch the credits; and if you're wondering who the Best Boy is, he's someone's nephew. (The actual Best Boy credit is Jack Bauer.) See more »

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Referenced in Scandal: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2014) See more »

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CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY
Written and Produced by Scott Hardkiss
Performed by Scott Hardkiss (as Scott Hardkiss presents God Within)
Vocals Performed by PISMO
SCOTT HARDKISS Appears Courtesy of Shebass
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Way better than I expected. Hip and self-aware but tons of fun!
30 September 2006 | by (The Dutch Mountains) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect much from this at all, but it turned out pretty good. Think of a Raymond Chandler murder mystery, updated to a sort of modern and enormously... self-aware buddy film-noir. Yes, a buddy-movie, film-noir, murder mystery, crime-thriller, all rolled into one hip modern self-referential update, packed with amusing references to all the clichés of the genres depicted. Before you can even think about the next cliché in the film, it grabs it, makes a mockery of it and proceeds at break-neck pace.

Petty thief Harry Lockhardt (Downey) is a lovable loser who accidentally winds up in the movie business, auditioning for the part of a private detective. Val Kilmer plays the real private eye, Perry Shrike (half the fun is picking the right name!) who has to learn him the trades of the business, but soon they both wind up in a murder mystery with so many twists and turns (and bodies), it'll make your head spin.

Downey and Kilmer seem to have the time of their lives, but not to the viewer's expense. Perhaps a bit too clever for it's own good with so many "clever" plot turns, that I was lost in the end, but perhaps I'm not as clever as I wish to. And I must say, Michelle Monaghan! Wow! She really gave one sexy performance! It derails a bit in the end and goes so wildly over the top with shaggy-dog jokes, ridiculously stupid bad guys and buddy-clichés, it makes Austin Powers look like a straight-faced classic. But as a whole very entertaining, with snappy dialogue, clever writing, and enjoyable performances. Just lots of fun.

Camera Obscura --- 8/10


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