Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hollywood Homicide (2003)

Director: Ron Shelton

Writers: Robert Souza, Ron Shelton

Composer: Alex Wurman

Starring:  Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Lena Olin, Bruce Greenwood, Isaiah Washington, Lolita Davidovich, Keith David, Master P, Gladys Knight, Lou Diamond Phillips, Meredith Scott Lynn, Tom Todoroff, James MacDonald, Kurupt, Adre Benjamin, Alan Dale, Clyde Kusatsu, Dwight Yoakam, Martin Landau, Eric Idle, Frank Sinatra Jr., Robert Wagner, Johnny Grant, Smokey Robinson

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  In Hollywood, no one is who they really want to be.

Plot:  Two LAPD detectives who moonlight in other fields investigate the murder of an up-and-coming rap group.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Here's a film I've heard nothing but crap about.  It's not THAT bad but it's a ways from being all that good.  Harrison Ford is fun.  I really enjoyed his performance.  It felt like he was having fun.  The rest of the cast does a fine job, too, but it was Ford that made the picture for me.  The story is OK.  It's entertaining but there's way too much stuff going on.  I mean seriously, Calden (Hartnett) is a detective who has time to teach yoga classes and he's able to work on getting his acting career started.  There's so much attention paid to his non-cop activities that you'd think he didn't have time for catching bad guys.  It's as if being a cop was only a 20 hour a week gig.  There's also the subplot of his cop pop getting popped years ago and never knowing why or by whom.  It gets resolved but it's clumsy and weak.  When you have a movie called Hollywood Homicide you shouldn't expect anything but a stupid Hollywood movie so I'm not all that surprised.  However, Ford makes it more fun than most actors would and overall it's an entertaining flick, even when it goes into dipshit, dumb as fuck mode.  It is a comedy after all.  This was on a Columbia Blu-ray that also came with HUDSON HAWK (1991) and zero extras.

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