Funny movie starring Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan.  It is rated R for violence, nudity and language.  Run time is one hour and forty-three minutes long.

This is an interesting flick told by Robert Downey, Jr’s character.  Downey plays Harry Lockhart, a criminal who falls into the roll of actor, private eye, and killer.  Harry gets mixed up with things that he doesn’t understand, and it all ends somewhat bad for him, at least he loses pieces of himself along the way.  He teams up with a real private eye (played by Val Kilmer) and is supposed to be shadowing him to see how to play a private eye in an upcoming movie.  Instead he learns that things are not always as they seem.  Harry runs into the girl of his dreams, a girl he has known since he was young, and lusted after all through high school.  She learns that someone close to her is dead and asks him to help her, since she is lead to believe that he is a private eye.  Things happen quickly, several people end up losing their lives, and lots of laughs are had along the way. 

In a movie that involves a lot of violence and death this was quite a funny movie.  I laughed at several of the jokes, and was happy to be laughing at jokes that didn’t involve body humor, or I should be clearer, jokes that didn’t involve farting and burping.  The action is fast paced and if you look away for too long you might miss an important part of the movie, and you might just lose what is going on in the movie.  While it tries to be something of a film noir (ex – old detective talking to the camera about how the girl walking into his office has the word trouble written on her but has lust slipping out of her lips), it doesn’t quite make it in the suspense genre.  As a comedy this movie works quite well as the jokes are fast paced.

The action in this movie is so-so, and there could have been a better detailed explanation about why things were happening or who characters were as players in the film.  There were a couple of characters that I had no idea where they came from or what their role really was in the film.  Also the reason behind some of this was a little convoluted and there seemed to be too much going on to create the story and the suspense.  I would have been fine with just one of these problems or ideas.

All in all I thought that this was a pretty good movie, although to fully understand it I am sure I will have to watch it again, although I don’t mind that.  If you dear viewer are looking for a fun comedy I suggest renting this one, as it was fun and had some really great humor.  Of course if you like violence, comedy and some suspense I totally recommend this movie to you.  If you hate to laugh don’t see this movie.  If you want a serious detective drama, again don’t see this movie.  Personally I think everyone should watch this movie, it is a little bit of joy in a genre that provides too much seriousness.