Hollywood Homicide



Despite a talented cast, this movie doesn't work.
  • Review Date: October 6, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

What parents need to know


Murders for hire, shooting, car chases and explosions, grisly corpses.


Sexual situations and references.


Some strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink, one to excess.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has some strong language and some sexual references and situations. K.C. has casual sex with several women, and Joe and a lady friend have a very sensual encounter. Characters drink; Joe drinks too much. There's a lot of action violence, some graphic, including a grisly autopsy scene in the morgue.

What's the story?

In HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, Joe Gavilan (Harrison Ford) is a seen-it-all cop with three ex-wives and a sideline in real estate. His financial position is so precarious that he will stop in the middle of an interrogation to pitch a deal. His partner K.C. (Josh Hartnett) literally can't shoot straight. Another thing he can't keep straight is the names of the girls in the yoga class he teaches, who are constantly either sighing over him or making passes at him. But what K.C. really wants to do is act. When a rap group is gunned down at a nightclub, Joe and K.C. have to find the killers despite constant distractions from their other careers and from a pending internal affairs investigation by Macko (Bruce Greenwood), a cop who is very eager to pin something on Joe.

Is it any good?


A lot of talented people tried very hard to make this movie work, but it just doesn't make it. It has an appealing premise, top starring talent, and guest appearances by quite a few music stars. There is some sharp dialogue, some sly satire about Tinseltown and a couple of gags work well. But mostly, it is a mess. Ford's loose, ego-free, and witty performance is almost worth the price of admission. And there are some shrewd takes on the city where everyone, even suspects and witnesses, has headshots or a script proposal on hand at all times.

But most of the action is muddled and most of the comedy is tired. There is an interminable chase scene near the end, the murders and bad guys are not compelling, and there are way too many coincidences. Even though the story is supposed to take place in Los Angeles, quite a large city by any measure, everyone keeps running into everyone else and it turns out that the same characters are all connected to every major event in each other's lives.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why so many people in this movie want to change their careers.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 13, 2003
DVD release date:October 7, 2003
Cast:Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Lou Diamond Phillips
Director:Ron Shelton
Studio:Sony Pictures
Run time:111 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, sexual situations and language

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Kid, 11 years old March 24, 2013


Violence: 9/10. Target practice with pistols. A graphic shooting with men in long black coats w/ machine guns kill rap group, and some other people. Corpses shown.Car chase scene. Shootouts. We turned it off after the death of the rap group, graphic. And i can take movies like Super 8, Ghost Protocol, and Dark Shadows. Not a comedy! Sex: 4/10. Some humor, and references. Alchohol: 6/10. Bar drinking. Language: 7/10. Lots for a PG-13 movie. Total: 26/40. Close to R-rated.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bygavin m. jackson April 9, 2008

Good Dialogue

The writer of Bull Durham delivers a comprable film, with lots of guy to guy dialogue. A film the family can enjoy. Harrison Ford is really funny.
Adult Written bykricou@allmusic.com April 9, 2008


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