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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  14 September 2005 (France)
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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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SeX. MurdEr. MyStery. Welcome to the party. See more »


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

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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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Shane Black had been suffering from writer's block; it ultimately took him over a year and a half to write the script for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). He then had enormous trouble trying to sell it. His former cachet as being the highest paid screenwriter meant nothing when he was touting around his screenplay. Eventually he took it to Joel Silver who gave him his first break back in 1987 when he bought Lethal Weapon (1987). 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

Perry: How about you, Harry, did your father love you?
Harry: Ah, sometimes, like when I dressed up like a bottle. How about yours?
Perry: Well, he used to beat me in Morse code, so it's possible, but he never actually said the words.
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After the credits, the Warner Brothers logo appears to melt as if this part of the film was left in front of the bulb too long. See more »

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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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BROKEN
Written by Robert Downey Jr. and MARK HUDSON
Performed by Robert Downey Jr.
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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"I'm retired. I invented dice. What do you do?"
3 August 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A lucky mistake shifts out-of-luck criminal Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr) from the gritty streets to glossy showbiz in L.A, landing him a part in an upcoming film. Another mistake then shifts him from actor to private detective, and this is where Val Kilmer comes in and things start to go wrong, more wrong and unbelievably wrong until they've snowballed into an enjoyable detective mess -- all to impress failed actress Harmony (Next big thing: Michelle Monaghan).

Shane Black's directorial debut 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' is a comic film noir. Even in the dazzling opening credits using a montage of contrasts of red, black and white, it is evident that this is no run-of-the-mill crime story, but a viciously entertaining ride from scene 01. What makes it so special is that it mixes equal doses of humour and crime like a $15,000,000 blender, pouring out a balanced end product and glazing it with a clever narrative coating by Robert Downey Jr. Black also sprinkles some rapid-fire dialogue onto his product, which is facilitated by the comedic chemistry between Downey and Kilmer. Some of the lines, gags and images are truly laugh-out-loud worthy. Everything else is nice, but forgettable.

Its only problem, as far as I can see it, is its paper-thin plot. It does not seem believable; it is complex, dizzying and not nearly as involving as it would like to be. So back to formula on that one, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang would be a near-perfect comedy-thriller.

7.5/10


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