Parents' Guide to

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

By Maria Llull, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Choppy LA thriller is full of violence, sex, cursing.

Movie R 2006 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Great Action Comedy.

I'm not sure why they say "No Kids" for this. It's less violent than many other "R" movies, probably comparable to "Tropic Thunder" or "Watchmen" and doesn't have a whole lot of language either. Even though a main character is gay, it doesn't play into the story at all and isn't really mentioned much. Overall, a hilarious movie and great action flick.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a fragmented and jumpy flick fraught with beautiful people, comic books, and violence. Robert Downey Jr. is fun to watch, but he plays the neurotic, caring Harry the way some people might play a dope fiend. His character can be touching and sincere, but at the same time, he doesn't seem real. As Gay Perry, Val Kilmer delivers crude, self-deprecating one-liners about being homosexual, which he seems to flaunt out of resentment. His character lacks the nuance necessary to make him believable. Harmony is the strongest and most interesting character in the movie, but we're given enough of her past to hold our interest, then her storyline falls apart into choppy confusion.

The film is entertaining at times but lacks something that would make it a great movie. It tries to be hip, but hip is more than snazzy lines told by flippant, sexy people who shoot each other. A little more substance and care, and this movie would have been much better.

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