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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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Director: Ben Stiller
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dabney Shaw
Harry Lockhart - Age 9
Duane Carnahan ...
Chainsaw Kid
Josh Richman ...
Pistol Woman
N.Y. Casting Woman


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 »


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 USA:

$180,660, 23 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,243,756, 15 January 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,569,469, 22 January 2006
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Downey Jr. considered his role as Harry Lockhart his "calling card" to playing Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While preparing to make Iron Man (2008), Downey Jr.'s performance inspired director 'Jon Favreau' to cast him in the title role. See more »


When Harry is eluding police in New York City, a Los Angeles MTA bus passes by in the background. See more »


Harmony Age 7: I'm going to be an actress.
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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 Pan Am: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2011) 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

Tries way to hard and fails badly
7 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie difficult to watch. It just feels like its trying way too hard to be hip and edgy. Its not gripping, you don't care what happens to the characters, its not funny, and because it so dull you find yourself giving up on following the story and then wondering what the hell is going on. Its a shame because I really wanted to enjoy this film, the reviews were good and I had reasonably high hopes. However I felt really let down by the obviousness of it all. Sure I really enjoyed watching Michelle Monaghan, she is gorgeous, but her character is awful. She plays a slut, and I guess its somehow suppose to be funny that she has slept with everyone under the sun, but really, again its cheap and obvious. I love Robert Downey Jnr, he is great, I love him in NBK and Iron Man, and his acting in this is pretty good I guess, but you just don't care about his character, he is annoying and unfunny and again everything seems obvious and trying to be wacky and funny, but its not. Im not that hard to please, I enjoy watching films, a lot, I have a large collection, but this movie is being removed from my shelf and is now making its way to the second hand movie shop!

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