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18 January 2007

[Reel-Reviews] Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (3 stars)

A short and sweet review of Shane Black’s directorial debut, featuring Robert Downey Jnr and Val Kilmer.

It’s a very self-aware and cute LA who-dunnit. And it knows it. But it’s a poor show when you say that the dialogue outshines the cast, direction and plot, even in some cases the actual delivery of the lines. A couple of the pick of the crop:

B-Movie Actress: So what do you do?
Harry: I'm retired, I invented dice when I was a kid. What do you do?

Perry: “This isn't good cop, bad cop. This is fag and New Yorker.”

In short, it’s engaging enough as the piece of Hollywood fluff it is.


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