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Hollywood Homicide
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Starring: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Lena Olin, Bruce Greenwood, Isaiah Washington, Lolita Davidovich, Keith David, Master P, Dwight Yoakam, Martin Landau, Lou Diamond Phillips
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Web Site: sonypictures/./hollywoodhomicide
Kiddie Movie: There's some violence and sex.  It's your call.
Date Movie: It's good for the both of ya.
Gratuitous Sex: Nothing too gratuitous, but a couple of nice scenes.
Gratuitous Violence: You don't actually see the people getting killed, but you sure know it happens by the blood left behind.
Action: Lots of it.
Laughs: Lots of them.
Memorable Scene: Lots of them - I loved the helicopters following the chase scene, loved the interrogation scene, and the paddle boat chase.
Memorable Quote: The set-up is K.C. can't remember the names of his women, he sees a lovely in his hot-tub, says "Dominique?"  She replies, "Close enough."
Directed By: Ron Shelton
Produced By: Lou Pitt, Ron Shelton

Hollywood Homicide
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:46 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
When I wrote my preview for "Hollywood Homicide" I mentioned how it seemed the Hollywood executives couldnít figure out how to market the movie. After seeing the movie I can see why, because "Hollywood Homicide" is a cop/buddy movie, is a semi-serious cop flick, and plays a good balance between great action and a lot of fun.

For "Hollywood Homicide" we get Harrison Ford playing Joe Gavilan, the aging cop who also tries to play real estate agent. His partner, K.C. Calden (Josh Hartnett), is the youngin, thinking he wants to be an actor and also is a yoga instructor. Well, thereís been a shooting at a nightclub, killing an up-and-coming rap group, and Gavilan and Calden have been put on the case. But the movie doesnít just concentrate on their murder case, nope, this movie has over six storylines going at one time, nicely interconnected with the murder investigation. You see, with the murder you also get Gavilan trying to broker a house sale between the owner of the club where the murder took place and an old movie producer. Then you have Calden trying to keep all of his women straight while memorizing his lines for his acting showcase. Then you get Gavilan being investigated by the internal affairs chief who also has it out to ruin Gavilanís career. Thereís also Calden trying to figure out how his dad was killed on a drug sting. And letís not forget the story line of who Gavilan is sleeping with. And, oh yea, why is Gavilan talking to a Hollywood Madame? You might think that would really be a lot to keep straight, but thanks to Gavilanís cell phone he is pretty much able to keep all things in check.

What I liked about the movie was that it kept moving along at a nice pace, and I think this is directly related to the fact there were so many little story lines going along so that when the action slows for one story, we intertwine one of the others to keep things going. Case in point, in one scene Gavilan is chasing the bad guy, stuck in an elevator. Do we get a normally boring elevator scene? No, we get Gavilan working his real estate deal on his cell phone. The other thing that I liked about the movie was the interaction between Ford and Hartnett, which at first I didnít think would work, but it actually came across great, even humorous in a way that wasnít over the top.

Sure, there were some things that you would never believe, like the chase scene, but what would a cop movie be without an unbelievable chase scene? But how do keep the audience from just being bored about another chase scene? Well, add TV helicopter coverage like all Los Angeles chases and have Gavilanís sleeping buddy call him in the middle of the chase asking if heís alright.

"Hollywood Homicide" is just a fun movie. It doesnít go for blatant laughs but gives you lots of them. It doesnít go for over-the-top action but keeps you rooting for the good guys. There arenít many surprises, but a couple of nice "Uh ohís!" There are also a lot of great performances in this flick in addition to Ford and Hartnett, with Dwight Yoakum still showing he can be a great actor and Martin Landau fitting the elder role nicely. And if you wondered what happened to Lou Diamond Phillips, he plays an undercover cross-dressing hooker named Wanda.

Not too serious, not too dopey, "Hollywood Homicide" will just keep you entertained for a little under two hours. Itís 4 stars out of 5 from me for this movie. Go ahead, pay full price and donít forget the popcorn and soda.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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