Hollywood Homicide Reviews
K.C.: Well, what do you think?
Joe Gavilan: Write this down.
[K.C. grabs his pad and pen]
Joe Gavilan: Cheeseburger, well done. Raw onion, pickle, ketchup. Nothing else.
Here is a simple buddy-cop action/comedy movie that is not afraid to poke fun at the standard elements that make up what it is about for the sake of fun dialog opposed to cliche cop themes.
Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett star as Homicide detectives, partners, and friends for the most part. They don't really bicker or play against each other, they are both pretty easy going.
K.C.: I don't think I want to be a cop anymore.
Joe Gavilan: Then what do you want to be?
K.C.: I want to be an actor.
Joe Gavilan: [shrugs] Ok, you're gay. I can deal with that.
Both also have additional jobs. Ford has most of his life tied up in reality and Hartnett is a yoga instructor and potential actor.
Leon: Joe. K.C.
Joe and K.C.: Hey, Leon.
Leon: Hey. I'm making you two primaries on this disaster. Since you made no progress in the Klepto murder, I figure you're due.
K.C.: Thanks for the confidence.
Leon: Yeah, no problem.
The plot surrounds a murder case involving a rap group and the record manager who may be behind it. There are also issues involving internal affairs riding the tails of our heroes.
What makes this movie work is how lighthearted everything is. No matter what, its just nice to no that Ford and Hartnett are never really to stressed out about their case. In fact, more stress comes from Ford trying to close a reality deal. The movie doesn't really care about its standard cop plot, instead focusing on two guys talking about their own lives.
Joe Gavilan: If I take my gingko... I can still remember where I put the Viagra.
There are a number of good comedy sequences. One in particular involves a scene in an interrogation room. There are also some well staged action scenes, mainly coming from the extended chase scene towards the end of the film. Even with these scenes, everything is very breezy.
Then you have a number of fun character actors and cameos coming up in the film that are just kind of fun to see, like Kieth David, Martin Landau, Lena Olin, and Lou Diamond Philips for example. The whole film is just an easy going, fun ride.
Joe Gavilan: Hey, you. Come here. I see mayonnaise. Did anybody in this hear me say the word "Mayonnaise"? Read your notes. What does it say? "Cheeseburger, well done. Raw onion, ketchup, pickle". You call that well done? In addition to the mayonnaise, I see lettuce... Lettuce that somebody tried to scrape off here. This is a disaster. What the hell do they teach you at the Academy anyway? You wanna be a detective when you grow up?
Cheeseburger Cop: Yes, sir.
Joe Gavilan: Don't call me "sir!" I work for a living. Dump this for me please. I expect better.
The potential here was the Ford-Hartnett relationship. They make a good pair and I like Ford in this movie more than any of his recent fare. But they just had too much clutter with the crime investigation procedural. They should have just made it wacky, or wackier.