Christmas 2023: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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GenreComedy, Crime
Director(s)Shane Black
Writer(s)Shane Black, Brett Halliday
Running Time1HR 38MINS
SeasonChristmas 2023

Santa-obsessed writer-director Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Nice Guys) presents one of the best “is it a Christmas movie?” Christmas movies of all time, featuring a private eye, a case of mistaken identity and a Hollywood murder mystery.

Two-bit crook Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) stumbles into an audition for a film while on the run from the cops. Somehow winning the part, he lands in Hollywood, where he's flung into a tangled, murderous conspiracy with his childhood sweetheart, Harmony Lane (Michelle Monaghan), and hard-boiled private eye Perry van Shrike (Val Kilmer).

Set during Christmastime in Los Angeles – with traditional lights, reindeer outfits and festive films in plentiful supply – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang highlights the unique form of holiday “cheer” that can only be found in the City of Angels. With sex, violence, and black humour, this quirky take on film noir is fantastically entertaining.

“A violent, neo-Chandleresque LA thriller with a convoluted plot, lashings of hellzapoppin' comedy, and a design that absorbs the pulpiness and cynicism of Quentin Tarantino, Elmore Leonard and Modesty Blaise.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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