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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

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Source: Catholic News Service

Stylish but problematic retro-noir satire set in Los Angeles about a petty thief posing as an actor (Robert Downey Jr.) and the gay gumshoe (Val Kilmer) hired to prepare him for a role as a private eye, who become entangled in a real-life murder mystery, involving two seemingly unrelated cases. Blending the hard-boiled detective genre with black comedy, writer-director Shane Black's pulp-flavored parody is, admittedly, witty and Downey and Kilmer have good chemistry, but with its bawdy brand of humor, graphic violence and obscenity-riddled dialogue, many may choose to "kiss, kiss" it off. Recurring violence, including bloody gunplay, torture, sexual situations and humor, partial female nudity, some kinky and erotic images, a crass scene of urination, a running sight gag involving a severed finger, heavy doses of rough and crude language, as well as some profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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