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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A bad week in a tough town. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L.A.P.I.  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$180,660 (USA) (21 October 2005)


$4,235,837 (USA) (6 January 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was given a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »


The book that Harmony takes off the shelf at the party is entitled You Wouldn't Want to Live There by Joe Chester, a fictional detective novelist. When she opens the book to read it, the text at the top of the pages clearly states that the novel is Maureen Child's The Man Beneath the Uniform, a 2004 Silhouette romance novel. See more »


Harry: [narrating] Anyway, by now you may wonder how I wound up here. Or, maybe not. Maybe you wonder how silly putty picks shit up from comic books. The point is, I don't see another Goddamn narrator, so pipe down.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #9 (2015) See more »


Written by Gerry Arling and Richard Cameron
Performed by Arling & Cameron
Courtesy of Emperor Norton Records/Rykodisc
By Arrangement with Big Sounds International
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User Reviews

Seriously where did this dark horse of a film come from?!
17 March 2006 | by (High Wycombe England) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt I thought that this was truly entertaining film. I only managed to catch it at my local cinema in a one off showing, but I really wasn't disappointed.

Me and my friend went in the film not truly understanding what to expect. Basically it cracks down to Robert Downey Jr. starting the film off as a burglar, after being shot at he accidentally runs into an acting audition. Breaking down with tears in the office, he accidentally gets the acting job and whisked off to Hollywood with hopes of playing a detective in an upcoming film.

Cue Gay Perry a.k.a Val Kilmer who is fantastic in this film with his dry wit and humour adding some hilarious scenes to this film. He plays a gay detective assigned to help train up Robert Downey Jr. The pair of them get sucked into a story starting with discovery of a corpse and building into deeper plot involving kidnapping and murder. The plot line is genuinely well crafted, and is explored in the perfect amount of depth. It is quite simply littered with many funny moments. Probably the favourite of mine being the running joke of the gay detective through the film, involving the 'faggot' gun. Shane Black directs this film superbly, keeping it alive with sharp wit.

The whole cast clicks together perfectly with Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer shining with good support coming from Michelle Monaghan. The film is accompanied by a very light hearted narration from Robert Downey Jr. which makes the film that even bit more engaging.

Overall, a quirky, very amusing film, with a superb cast, and with a run time of 99 minutes, you simply can't afford to miss it.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang... A solid 10/10

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