Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, USA) C-102m. SCOPE ** D: Shane Black. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok, Larry Miller. Off-the-wall thriller comedy that provides countless twists instead of a coherent plot. Thief Downey Jr. comes to L.A. and gets mixed up with bisexual private eye Kilmer, who's working for rich guy Bernsen. Then there's dead bodies everywhere. Supposed to be an homage to (or spoof of) 40s noir mysteries, but plot is paper-thin and often annoying. Some funny dialogues make this mildly entertaining. First-time director Black wrote the original LETHAL WEAPON (1987).

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