Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

  • 15
  • Shane Black (2005)
  • US
  • 98 min
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Lethal Weapon made Shane Black a Hollywood hotshot at 23 years old, and he went on to earn millions of dollars for his action-packed scripts for The Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Nearly two decades on, he turns his hand to directing - but this crime comedy offers more than just routine thrills. It's a hilarious game of nudge nudge, wink wink, with the compelling Robert Downey Jr as a petty thief who winds up playing gumshoe. He guides us through a tangled murder case with his playful voiceover assuring: "Don't worry. I saw Lord of the Rings - I'm not going to end this 17 times." Val Kilmer helps him navigate the twists and turns as top private eye "Gay" Perry, who's armed with a brilliant battery of one-liners of his own: "Any questions... hesitate to call!" It may just be a fly-by-night fancy, but this quirky noir still packs more heat than your average action thriller.

Plot Summary

Action comedy thriller starring Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. New York petty thief Harry Lockhart runs from the cops into a movie audition and is mistaken for an actor. Sent to Los Angeles to play a private detective in a movie, Lockhart is assigned to real-life PI and part-time acting adviser Perry Van Shrike to research the role and soon discovers that the line between fact and fiction is easily blurred.

Cast and crew


Harry Lockhart
Robert Downey Jr
"Gay" Perry
Val Kilmer
Harmony Faith Lane
Michelle Monaghan
Harlan Dexter
Corbin Bernsen
Mr Frying Pan
Dash Mihok
Dabney Shaw
Larry Miller
Mr Fire
Rockmond Dunbar
Pink hair girl
Shannyn Sossamon
Angela Lindvall


Shane Black

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Nov 2005
Certificate 15
Warner Home Video Ltd