Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Released 2005


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Shane Black
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 dark comedy thriller starring Robert Downey, Jr, Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan. The film is directed by Shane Black and uses many conventions of a classic film noir genre. Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr) is a small time thief who is mistaken for an actor while fleeing a botched robbery. Harry stumbles into an unlikely audition and receives a starring role in the movie being produced. After being cast as the detective in the movie, Harry is taken to Los Angeles where he receives acting lessons from Private Detective Gay Perry ( Val Kilmer) who he meets at a party. Detective Perry offers to coach Harry and to sharpen his acting skills for his upcoming role. However, Harry finds himself placed in the middle of a murder investigation along with gorgeous aspiring actress, Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan), a friend from Harry's childhood, and his high school dream girl. With the help of Harmony and Detective Perry, Harry must uncover the truth to solve the case.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Once again making a diverting but insubstantial movie look better than it is, Downey, with haggard charm to burn, is winning all the way. Kilmer is riotous at times as an impeccabl...

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    It's just a movie with no particular reason for existing, a flashy, trifling throwaway whose surface cleverness masks a self-infatuated credulity.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Turns into a film that is too ostentatiously pleased with itself, so in love with its own cleverness it doesn't notice it's darn near worn you out.

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Thrillers, Crime