Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang – Movie Review (***)

(Originally posted on on 11-19-05)

Shane Black… Wow, how long has it been since that name was on a movie? One of original big pay day screenwriters. He wrote Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight and The Monster Squad. He was the superstar screenwriter of the moment. He even had a featured role in Predator. And then he just fell off the map. Disappeared. Nothing for years. And now he just kind of reappears out of nowhere as both writer and director with a fully formed movie starring two other former celebrities that seemed to have never lived up to their potential. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a smart revisionist nourish action/mystery/comedy with a modest amount of action, a modest amount of mystery and the best comedy dialogue in a straight up movie in a long time.

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