Hollywood Homicide

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Despite a talented cast, this movie doesn't work.
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


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


Sexual situations and references.


Some strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink, one to excess.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 by[email protected] April 9, 2008
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 sho... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLuvEwan4Ever! April 9, 2008

this movie was cool

i liked this movie. it had its funny moments. it still makes me laugh to this day actually. the violence isnt too bad. there is some bad language and mild sexua... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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