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).