Kiss Kiss Bang Bang



Choppy L.A. thriller. Absolutely not for kids.
  • Review Date: August 17, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Killing, lying, stealing, etc.


Violent killing; dead bodies; dismemberment.


Nudity, sexual situations. A main character is gay.


Lots of cussing, including all the big "four-letter words."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, smoking, some drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains explicit violence, nudity, swearing, and drug use. It's not appropriate for kids and teens.

What's the story?

Set in Los Angeles, KISS KISS BANG BANG centers on Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.), thief who inadvertently stumbles into a screen test and gets a role as a private detective. As research for the role, Gary spends time with a real P.I., Gay Perry (Val Kilmer). Things start to get out of hand for Harry and Perry when a mysterious client sets them up to witness some men dumping a body in a lake. And then there's the girl...Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan). Harry's in love with her but hasn't seen her since they were kids. Harmony, Harry, and Perry are brought together by the deaths of two young girls, one of whom is Harmony's sister. Were both deaths murders or was one a suicide? What motive would anyone have to kill either one of the girls? And why do scary men with guns seem to turn up everywhere? These are the questions that move the film along its fast-paced storyline.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about remaining true to one's convictions in difficult or out-of-the-ordinary situations. When, if ever, is the use of violence "okay?" Is it ever acceptable to tell lies or steal?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 18, 2006
DVD release date:June 13, 2006
Cast:Corbin Bernsen, Michelle Monaghan, Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer
Director:Shane Black
Studio:Warner Home Video
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language, violence, sexuality/nudity

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Teen, 16 years old Written byFilmFanatic November 22, 2011

Great for mature older teens.

This movie is a Rated R for a reason. There are many violent situations, shoot outs and corpses. I would say this movie is more bloody than gory though. There are also a few sexual situations containing nudity and innuendo. We see a few topless women engaging in sexual acts. One of the main characters is gay and kisses the other main character (a man) but it's mainly played for laughs. There are a few references to incest and sexual abuse. There is also abundant language through out the film. Many uses of strong words such as F-ck and some less stong words such as SH-t. There is also a party scene with many nude/almost nude women as 'entertainment' as well as a few gay references. I would suggest this movie for children 16 and up, but KNOW your child. You can discuss friendship and even sexuality and decision making with your child after watching. I personally enjoyed this movie a lot. I found it funny, suspenseful and heartwarming at the same time. Enjoy :D -FilmFanatic
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byMissParkerP August 6, 2010

Perfect for older kids

I can't believe the rating on this! It definitely is appropriate for 15+ and is a great, witty action flick.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byStevie111 March 5, 2012

Very Funny and Thrilling

This is a really good action comedy. Lots of language and some sexuality and violence. Nudity. Very good, teens can handle it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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