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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero) makes his directing debut with this cheerful mess of a pulp-fiction parody, pumped full of laughs by Michelle Monaghan, Val Kilmer, and Robert Downey Jr. An east-coast thief (Downey) is improbably lured out west for a screen test and schooled for his role by a gay private eye (Kilmer); after the crook encounters an old childhood friend (Monaghan), the three are drawn into a convoluted web of intrigue. Downey's character provides voice-over narration, a task he mocks along with the story's other pulp conventions; when the structure is this rickety, crashing through the fourth wall isn't a bad idea.



  • Shane Black


  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Val Kilmer
  • Michelle Monaghan
  • Corbin Bernsen
  • Dash Mihok
  • Larry Miller
  • Rockmond Dunbar
  • Shannyn Sossamon
  • Angela Lindvall
  • Indio Downey
  • Ariel Winter
  • Duane Carnahan
  • Josh Richman
  • Martha Hackett
  • Bill McAdams Jr.
  • Nancy Fish
  • Tanja Reichert
  • Jake McKinnon
  • Stephanie Pearson
  • Chris Gilman
  • Brendan Fehily
  • David Newsome
  • Judie Aronson
  • Ali Hillis
  • Wiley Pickett
  • Joe Keyes
  • Bobby Tuttle
  • Jake Eberle
  • Saida Rodriguez Pagan
  • Lela Edgar
  • Daniel Browning Smith
  • Stevie
  • Teresa Herrera
  • Kathy Lamkin
  • Evan Parke
  • Vincent Laresca
  • Brian Simpson
  • Cole McKay
  • Ben Bray
  • Harrison Young


  • Shane Black


  • Shane Black
  • Joel Silver

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