A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition, but soon finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation, along with the girl he dreamed about in high school and the detective who was training him for his upcoming "role." Written and directed by Shane Black, creator of the "Lethal Weapon" series. Starring Golden Globe-winner and Academy and Emmy Award-nominated Robert Downey Jr. ("Gothika," "Chaplin"), Val Kilmer ("Alexander," "Batman Forever") and Michelle Monaghan ("The Bourne Supremacy," TV's "Boston Public").
Love this movie
I have just a few movies that I can watch over and over again and still enjoy it as much as the first time. Movies that may have not been the big “tent pole” movies that got all the publicity, but were amazing in their own right. I put this movie up with “The Zero Effect” and “The Good Guys”. This movie is so full of delicious quotes you can throw back and forth with your friends. Highly recommend.
If I had paid more than 99c to rent this I would be screaming for my money back, had to turn it off after 20 min, that bad.
Fletch F. Fletch 2018-02-04
Whenever Shane Black gets involved with a film it’s reason for fans of crime thrillers blessed with sharp and witty (often hilarious) dialogue to rejoice. In the past Black has written some exciting and snarky screenplays (Lethal Weapon, Long Kiss Goodnight, Monster Squad, Last Boy Scout) but here he also takes on directorial duties in a tale of private eyes, blackmail, murder and conspiracy in modern day Los Angeles. Val Kilmer is perfect as a private eye to the stars with viscous wit and impeccable style. Robert Downey Jr. made his big critical comeback in his role as a low level thief that stumbles his way into the movie business and then into a plot right out of a pulp fiction detective novel. Together they survive by their wits, some cleverly hidden firearms and a magician’s reflexes. It’s a smart, exciting film noir dark comedy masterpiece.
I'm not sure why this is categorized as a comedy because I found not much funny about it. Interesting, yes. Funny, no. Worth a watch.
I know dis stuff 2014-05-05
A classic that no one has seen. Instant success from Downey's comeback movie which lead him into the actor he has become.
I don't know how 84% could like this. Every time it started getting somewhere, I was disappointed. Save your money and don't waste your time.
I'm beginning to really question rotten tomatoes score on movies. This is a terrible movie. The editing and story are lame and I don't even understand why a movie like this is made. It's not fun at all to watch. It's almost like all the actors are just full of themselves and have no care about the script. I had to turn the movie off in the middle.
All four funny parts in this movie were in the preview which means that there was absolutely no reason to rent this movie, forget buying this movie. I've been soundly ripped off. Horribly edited, poorly acted, bizarre script. If the producers had hired the person who edited this movie to make the preview, this would have been a great movie. As it is, it's not as bad as My Dinner With Andre or Napoleon Dynamite but not nearly as good as many other movies available at iTunes. I seem to be striking out this week with the very small offerings available on iTunes.
Captures the essence of Bogie's detective films and film noir with a slapstick comedic side. It's an ok pizza flick.
One of the best movies you never saw!!
It was a hilarious movie and loved Val Kilmer and Robert Downey JR together. :D Tremendous movie and I'd recommend to anybody! :)) Best comedy I've ever seen! :D
Conan the Destroyer 1981 2011-11-02
Too clever!! Title says it all!!! I'd give it 6 if I could!!
This film is pure genius-ness! The L.A. scenery is beautiful. The plot is brilliantly hilarious, full of action and romance, and simply fantastic. The cast is epic. Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan are all just great together! This is most definitely a film to buy!!!
Ultimate sarcasm! In this immensely satiric film, Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer make a hysterical pair. One of my favorite crime comedies next to Snatch and Small Time Crooks.
OK maybe not the funniest but definitely in the top 10. The scene where he peed on the body had me laughing harder than any other movie ever.
This movie was confusing as to plot, dialogue and veracity. Even the critic Roger Ebert saw it twice and still can't figure out the plot!!!!!
i absolutely love robert downey jr so i watched this movie and thought it was great! its an action movie but has just enough humor to keep you interested. its turned out to be one of my favorites!
Robert, Val, and Indio (Roberts son) make a great movie together...i love the script, the scenery, and the plot...but i also love the cast...
The plot is at times incomprehensible - you sort of need to be paying attention a lot - and really don't bother trying to figure out what's going on for yourselves, you'll probably still be a bit confused when you leave. But it really is extraordinarily good fun, beautifully shot, incredibly well acted and gloriously well written. The dialogue is brilliant, and you get to see all kinds of neat bits of LA. One of my all time favourite can watch at any time movies.
First of all this movie isn't a comedy. But despite the wrong title this movie is amazing. No matter what genres you like you should watch this movie. This movie is amazing.
Deanna Aliano 2010-05-28
One of the funniest movies of all time... Downey and Kilmer rock!
Sammy Renee <3 2010-03-01
Robert Downey Jr. is one of my favorite actors, so I decided to watch this beacause he was in it. That was one of the best decisions I ever made! This movie in incredable! It has romance, comedy, mystery, and everything else! RDJ, delivers a fantastic performance. Val Kilmer blew me away! He had some of the funniest lines in the moveie! And Michelle Monaghan, was perfection! This is by far one of my favorite movies! I strongly sugget renting it or buying it! You'll love it!!!!
Funny/sexy/great cast. I love it, you should buy =•D
this movie is awsomeee ; its abs. halirious!
If you are a fan of Robert Downey Jr. then you will absolutely love this movie. Even fans of Val Kilmer will want to sit down and watch it. Shane Black does a great job directing but I feel he misses on opportunities with a script like he had and an actor like Robert Downey Jr. to add make a memorable movie for 2005. It is definitely worth the time watching.
the pseudo postmodern voice-over is a bit annoying, an dthe dialogue, while often very very clever, can be, in teh worng mood, cloying and annoying. but, in teh right mood, this film is so very funny and even slick. if you like robert downey jr, you will love love love this movie. this is the film that resurrected his career. kimer is a hoot, and moneghan is really good. the film is full of one-liners. high quality one-liners. amost bogart worthy one-liners. if you're not in the mood for one-liners, wait. also, if you enjoy a hip slam of los angeles, see this. i myself quote from thsi film every couple of weeks. it's the veronica mars of neo-noir movies. i really really hope shane black makes another film. pardon my typos.
Pacino Fan For Life 2009-11-06
Downey did the best that he could but came short of par. The whole plot was just amateur. I rented because Val Kilmer and Downey but even they couldn't save the horrible plot.
Shane Black, the writer/director of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is probably best known as the screenwriter of some of Hollywood's major action movies, such as "Lethal Weapon," "The Long Kiss Goodnight," and "The Last Boy Scout," among others. His penchant for witty dialogue and odd-couple buddy match-ups are well-known. "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is his directorial debut, and a smashing one. This is one entertaining movie. The screenplay is wittier and more clever than the last ten movies I've seen combined. This film satirizes the conventions of film noir and Hollywood action movies, while at the same time paying homage to them. Black also has fun mocking the phoniness of the Hollywood social scene. Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer are terrific and work well together and Michelle Monaghan is both enigmatic and charismatic as the woman at the center of an unsolved mystery. This is first-class moviemaking from a writer with a true sense of humor who is not afraid to poke fun at the business he has succeeded very well in.
Ilove this movie, and excited that it is finally out on itunes. It maintains good humor throughout a cleverly devised suspens plot. this a great movie and one of my favorites.
Kilmer and Downey are so good together in this film. It's a MUST OWN. Kilmer's Gay Perry character is sublime.
Love the comedy between Kilmer and Downey, def an all time favorite that I can't watch enough.
Despite the somewhat strange title and at times confusing back and forths, this movie was actually pretty good. Val Kilmer is great as always, and RDJr was very good as well. Michelle Monaghan is a favorite, very believable performance. To be clear, this is a not a movie that inspires you to think outside the box or feel strongly about something - but it is a well made comedy-action-adventure flick, and I would recommend it for those who are looking for light entertainment.
One of those little movies that snuck by everyone. Val Kilmer and Robert DJ both do a great job. Its interesting and funny. Good for a night when you are looking for something funny to watch. T&A included. High five from a 32yr old Male.
normal person 2009-07-12
Wow, this was bad... all the good reviews must be put in place by fake reviewers hired by publistists.....We could not watch the whole thing...great actors but the directing combined with the writing were unwatchable...don't waste your time.
omg i love this movie this movie is hilarious i think this is one of robert downey jrs best films!! this is a must get film!! GET IT PEOPLE YOULL LOVE IT!!!!
It's one of my favorite thriller/mystery. Robert Downey Junior's performance is especially impressive, as he brings a great deal of charm to the role. It also makes for a good holiday film. High points in the plot include the stylish title sequence and the rather bipolar ending.
My mom rented this movie for me to watch when it came out, it went on to become one of my favorite movies. I laugh everytime I see it and I would suggest that anyone looking for funny action/adventure movie should watch it.
everyone in this movie is perfectly twsted:]
Incredibly fresh and fun, unlike anything I've ever seen. A must see movie.
Mortaly Guarded 2009-07-07
Such a stupid pointless movie
It is a nice changeup flick. Unique and unlike any other. In my opinion its very good and worth buying, especially for 10 bucks! If you like Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer and good acting, this is a good low budget movie to have in your collection.