The screenwriter of Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout, Shane Black wrote and directed this energetic and surprising twist on the detective and buddy movie genres. Robert Downey, Jr. stars as Harry, a thief who inadvertently lands an audition in a big Hollywood movie. While preparing for his role, the producers have a real detective named “Gay” Perry (Val Kilmer) to show him the ropes. And yes, he is gay. Harry bumps into his former childhood sweetheart (Mission: Impossible 3’s Michelle Monaghan) who thinks he’s a real detective who hires him to solve the death of her twin sister. Black peppers the movie with shocking sparks of violence (fingers are cut off, electrodes zap nut sacks, etc.) and some off the wall humor. Both leads are excellent and make a great team. The unconventional narration (Downey knows he’s not a very good narrator) and Hollywood in-jokes (there’s a Xanadu reference) add to the fun. Corbin Bernsen, Larry Miller and Shannon Sossamon co-star.