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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (R)

Release Date: October 21st, 2005 (NYC-Loews 19th St, Loews 68th/B'way, and AMC Empire 25) by Warner Brothers Pictures.
The Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok.
Directed by Shane Black.

BASIC PREMISE: Gay Perry (Kilmer),, a private eye Harry, (Downey Jr.), and Harmony (Monaghan), a struggling actress, get caught up in a murder mystery.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This fresh and funny film maintains its energy and never ceases to surprise. Essentially, this is a dark comedy of errors. For example, in early scene, Harry accidentally ends up at an audition after shooting somebody. Given his emotional status, he amazes the director with an outstanding performance. Likewise, Robert Downey Jr. gives an outstanding performance throughout this film. Despite being a nervous, drunk wreck most of the time, he comes across as sweet and likeable. Val Kilmer gives a strong, charismatic performance as private detective Gay Perry. Then there’s the beautiful, sexy Michelle Monaghan as Harmony, Harry’s childhood friend who now acts in commercials. Through a series of crazy mishaps, all three of them become involved in the middle of a murder. In a hilariously disgusting scene, Harry ends up urinating on the corpse and, in another, Harmony accidentally cuts his finger off when she slams the door on him. The truly memorable humor comes from the witty, biting script full of great one-liners, such as when Gay Perry talks about his small gun: “It’s like a fag—only good for a few shots and then you have to toss it away.” A few scenes are narrated by Harry, but it’s not like any narration heard before: it actually pauses the movie to comment about its absurdity. When the plot turns into action, the film slightly loses its freshness, but without ever losing its humor, like when Gay Perry kills somebody with a tiny gun in his crotch because “that’s the last place where homophobes look”. With fast-paced editing, stylish cinematography, and an effective musical score, every scene is thoroughly entertaining.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.



THE BOTTOM LINE: Fresh, funny and very inventive! Its brilliant screenplay never ceases to surprise.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Move Theater (1st Run)

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