Harry: I peed on the corpse. Can they do, like, and ID from that?
Perry: I'm sorry, you peed on...?
Harry: On the corpse. My question is...
Perry: No, my question. I get to go first. Why in plu-perfect hell would you pee on corpse?
A very funny murder mystery mixed with the setup of a buddy action flick. Shot with lots of style to feel akin to a neo noir, with classy yet modern soundtrack that's fitting.
As much fun as the story is, the film survives through its dialog, the majority of which plays like a large inside joke, but it can still be hilarious with the right viewers, namely those who enjoy witty sarcasm and smart ass back talk.
Mr. Frying Pan: Well now, here we all are. Ike, Mike and Mustard.
Harry: What the hell does that mean?
Mr. Fire: You know, I'm with him on this one man, that's pretty fuckin' obscure.
Mr. Frying Pan: Horse shit, I hear that all the time.
Mr. Fire: You do?
Mr. Frying Pan: Yeah, sure.
Mr. Fire: Where, at the 1942 club?
The story revolves around a thief posing as an actor, who gets involved in the Hollywood life where he meets a private investigator, his former dream girl, and some seedy characters who all become involved in a pulpish crime mystery.
Robert Downey Jr. as a thief/actor and Val Kilmer as a tough, gay guy have great chemistry together, and work as if they need a whole detective film series. Downey's narration throughout is also great with all the sarcastic beats to play to.
Harry: [narrating] Anyway, by now you may wonder how I wound up here. Or, maybe not. Maybe you wonder how silly putty picks shit up from comic books. The point is, I don't see another Goddamn narrator, so pipe down.
Further hilarity ensues due to how dark the comedy is, body parts are severed and misunderstandings of deaths come aplenty, making things all the merrier.
Michelle Monaghan, as the femme fatal of the piece, is able to keep up with the leads, and is also very cute with some edge to her character making things all the better.
Harmony: Well, for starters, she's been fucked more times than she's had a hot meal.
Harry: Yeah, I heard about that. It was neck-and-neck and then she skipped lunch.
The plot moves and twists around, but paying attention you can see a lot of it come through and still realize how hilariously dark this movie is. It's self aware nature mixed with the hilarious treatment of the buddy comedy aspect make this into a continually great movie to enjoy.
B-Movie Actress: So what do you do for a living?
Harry: Uh, I'm retired. I invented dice when I was a kid. How about you do?
Every time someone spots this on my DVD rack and wonders what it is, I say we must watch it, and they end up enjoying it a lot. It is an underseen movie that deserves as big an audience as it can get.
Harry: Is she dead?
Perry: No, she's just resting her eyes for a minute. Of course she's fucking dead, her neck's broken.