Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
|Kiss Kiss Bang Bang|
|Directed by||Shane Black|
|Produced by||Joel Silver|
|Screenplay by||Shane Black|
|Story by||Shane Black|
|Based on||Bodies Are Where You Find Them
by Brett Halliday
|Starring||Robert Downey, Jr.
|Music by||John Ottman|
|Editing by||Jim Page|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||102 minutes|
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 crime-comedy film written and directed by Shane Black, and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer, with Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen in supporting roles. The script is partially based on the Brett Halliday novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them, and interprets the classic hardboiled literary genre in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. The film was produced by Joel Silver, with Susan Downey (credited as Susan Levin) and Steve Richards as executive producers.
At a Los Angeles party around Christmas, Harry Lockhart recounts recent events. When fleeing a botched robbery, Harry's friend is killed, forcing Harry to evade the police by ducking into an audition; when the script mirrors his friend's death, Harry impresses the producers with an outburst they mistake for method acting. Attending a Hollywood party before a screen test, Harry is introduced to private investigator Perry van Shrike, who is enlisted to help Harry prepare for his role, and later re-encounters his childhood crush Harmony Lane. Harry also meets party host Harlan Dexter, a retired actor who recently resolved a ten year feud over his wife's inheritance with his daughter, Veronica.
The next day, Perry and Harry witness a vehicle and body being dumped in a lake, and are spotted by the killers. Returning to his hotel, Harry receives a call stating Harmony committed suicide; Harmony then appears and reveals she was mistaken for her sister, Jenna, who arrived in L.A., stole Harmony's credit cards, and then killed herself. Believing Harry to be a detective, Harmony asks him to investigate Jenna's death as she thinks it was murder. After Harmony leaves, Harry discovers the lake corpse in his bathroom, as well as a planted pistol; after he and Perry dump the corpse, it is found and identified as Veronica Dexter, whom the pair saw at the party. Perry demands Harry leave L.A. due to the lake killers identifying and framing him. However, Harry discovers Perry was hired to investigate the lake by Harmony's late sister, linking the cases.
Attending a party, the trio discover Harmony told her sister a fictional character (played by Harlan Dexter) was her real father, prompting Jenna to come to L.A. When Perry leaves to a stakeout, Harry is threatened and beaten by the lake killers, Mr. Frying Pan (Mihok) and Mustard (Dunbar). When taking Harry to the hospital, Harmony realizes the lake killers are heading to Perry's stakeout, prompting her to rescue him; when Harry is left passed out in Harmony's car, a Pink-Haired Girl (Sossamon), who is affiliated with the killers, unknowingly takes Harry to her safehouse; when Harry witnesses Mustard killing her, Harry shoots and kills Mustard.
After Harmony disappears following a lead, Harry and Perry investigate a private health clinic owned by Harlan Dexter; Perry realizes that Veronica Dexter was incarcerated there by Harlan so an impostor could drop her court case. After Harry and Perry are captured, Dexter reveals he now plans to cremate his daughter's corpse to remove any remaining evidence, but Harmony steals the van containing the coffin. Harry and Perry escape, but Harmony crashes the van, leaving Veronica's body hanging off an overpass. A shootout commences that leaves Harry and Perry shot. When Harry tries to save Harmony, he falls over the overpass, grabbing onto Veronica's corpse; after narrowly shooting Dexter and his thugs, Harry finds Harmony, then collapses from his wounds.
Awaking in the hospital, Harry finds that Perry and Harmony are fine, and the former reveals Harmony's sister was not murdered, but committed suicide. After Jenna escaped incest in Indiana, she located Dexter believing him to be her real father, only to find him having sex with Veronica's impostor, the Pink-Haired Girl; since she looked like Veronica, Jenna believed Dexter to be incestuous like her real father, and, after hiring Perry to investigate, committed suicide. Perry confronts Harmony and Jenna's father, and Harry reveals that he now works for Perry.
- Robert Downey, Jr. as Harry Lockhart
- Val Kilmer as "Gay" Perry van Shrike
- Michelle Monaghan as Harmony Faith Lane
- Corbin Bernsen as Harlan Dexter
- Dash Mihok as Mr. Frying Pan
- Angela Lindvall as Flicka
- Ali Hillis as Marleah
- Larry Miller as Dabney Shaw
- Rockmond Dunbar as Mustard
- Shannyn Sossamon as Pink Hair Girl
Many critics admired the film for its sharp and clever comedy, as well as Downey's and Kilmer's screen chemistry and individual performances. Mike Russell of The Oregonian observed that "This is one of Downey's most enjoyable performances, and one of Kilmer's funniest. It's a relationship comedy wrapped in sharp talk and gunplay, a triumphant comeback for Black, and one of the year's best movies". Jeff Otto, an IGN critic, wrote that "It takes a bunch of genres and twists them into a blender, a pop relic that still feels current...one of the best times I've had at the movies this year." It was voted "Overlooked Film of the Year" by the 2005 Phoenix Film Critics Society on December 20, 2005. It has a rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Box office 
The film opened on October 20 in the United States, with a limited release. From its release until mid-November, the film's distribution increased every weekend due to its favorable critical reviews. It stayed in release in the United States until early January. The film earned a total of $4,243,756 in the United States.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang grossed far more outside the United States, accounting for just over 70% of the film's worldwide gross, accumulating $11,541,392. The film ended up earning $15,785,148 worldwide.
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