June 2003
Hollywood Homocide

Reviewed by Godfrey Powell

Hollywood Homocide
Distributor: Sony Pictures (Columbia)
Director: Ron Shelton
Producers: Ron Shelton, Lou Pitt
Screenplay: Robert Souza & Ron Shelton
Cinematography: Barry Peterson
Cast: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Lena Olin, Keith David, Bruce Greenwood, Martin Landau, Lolita Davidovich, Dwight Yoakam, Isaiah Washington, Kurupt, & Master P

 

   

Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett star as two buddy cops, the veteran Joe Gavilan and rookie K.C. Calden. They get assigned to investigate the recent murder of an entire rap group after their performance at a club. The investigation leads them to the group’s label president, Antoine Sartain (Isaiah Washington who portrays him like a combination of Suge Knight & Sean “Puffy” Combs) who deeply resents those artists he perceives as being disloyal to him.

But Hollywood Homicide is less focused on the actual case which only serves as a backdrop for a comedic view on the lives of Joe and K.C. The comedy mostly stems from Joe’s other job as a real estate broker on the verge of bankruptcy. K.C.’s outside gigs include being a yoga instructor and an aspiring actor. I was surprised at the level of humor in the film as in all the previews they focus on the action which is sporadic throughout the movie.

Hollywood Homicide uses the thin rap murder plot to allow Joe and K.C. to have an official purpose as they run around L.A. for a few days intersplicing their lifestyles with the vibe of the city. The pairing of Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett is cute but the chemistry I found wanting along with the numerous plot holes that continuously open up in the movie. It is fun to see Harrison Ford back in a comedy (unless you count his last film K-19: The Widowmaker).