As a screenwriter, Shane Black made millions of dollars from screenplays for the big-budget action movies "Lethal Weapon" and "The Last Boy Scout", among others. With his directing debut "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", Black mocks and undercuts every cliche he once helped to invent. While fleeing from the cops, small time hood Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr., "Wonder Boys") stumbles into an acting audition--and does so well he gets taken to Hollywood, where--pursuing a girl he loved in high school (foxy Michelle Monaghan, "North Country")--he gets caught up in twisty murder mystery. His only chance of getting out alive is a private detective named Gay Perry (Val Kilmer, "Wonderland, The Doors"), who sidelights as a consultant for movies. No plot turn goes untweaked by Black's clever, witty script, and Downey, Kilmer, and Monaghan clearly have a ball playing their screwball variations on action movie stereotypes. There's nothing profound about "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", but it brings back wicked mischief to a genre that all often takes itself too seriously. "--Bret Fetzer"