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Release Date: June 13, 2003

Starring: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Lena Olin, Bruce Greenwood, and Isaiah Washington

Genre: Detective Thriller

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Ted Baehr HOLLYWOOD
HOMICIDE not only suffers from
a pathetic, unbelievable plot,
it also stretches the limits
of PG-13 rating well into
R-rated territory. Harrison
Ford plays Joe Gavilan, a
L.A.P.D. detective, who sells
real estate on the side
because he's saddled with
three alimony payments and a
bad mismanagement of his
funds. His sidekick, K.C.
Calden, played by Josh
Hartnett, is a health food
fanatic, who's afraid to shoot
anything or anyone and who
teaches yoga to a bevy of
Beverly Hills babes with whom
he sleeps, one after the
other. The partners are
called in to solve a contract
killing of four rap singers at
a swank club in Los Angeles.
While Gavilan is pressuring
the owner of the club for
information, he finds out that
the owner wants to buy a
house, so he quickly switches
gears and tries to sell the
owner a $6 million home. This
back theme runs throughout the
film. In the midst of their
investigation, another police
detective, Benny Macko, serves
a warrant on Joe to search his
effects. Benny has a grudge
against Joe and is out to
destroy him. Joe is having an
affair with a psychic, played
by Lena Olin, and finds out
that the psychic is Benny's
girlfriend. This meandering
mess-up of plot continues
through several murders,
sexcapades, and unlikely
scenarios, to its retread
Hollywood ending. HOLLYWOOD
HOMICIDE is the best thing
that could have happened to
this movie. If someone had
really shot the script, with a
gun, it would have saved the
graying audience at the sneak
preview the pain and suffering
of being inundated with
psychic stupidities and
Eastern religious messages
which were touted as a way to
get into bed with a lot of
babes from Beverly Hills. A
few humorous moments do not
save this movie, which dabbles
in the sexual, occult, and New
Age milieu in Hollywood. One
wonders how the Motion Picture
Association gave it a PG-13
rating. Harrison Ford looks
way to old to be in bed with
Lena Olin, and he looks way
too old to have an extended
fight scene on the rooftops at
Hollywood and Vine. His
choices of acting roles lately
have been extremely
disappointing. His partner in
this mess, Josh Hartnett,
seems to lack the gravitas to
be a big star in
Hollywood. Robert Shelton's
direction in HOLLYWOOD
HOMICIDE is much too
self-conscious. Then again,
he's been one of the more
over-rated directors and
writers in Hollywood. Too
often he lets the actors play
to the camera. Also, the
rhythm of the final chase
scene, which does have some
impressive elements, is broken
several times by moments that
tell the audience, "See, we're
making a movie!" The cast,
crew, director and producer
are completely wasted on
HOLLYWOOD HOMICDE, but this is
definitely not a movie for
impressionable youths. Please
address your comments to: Amy
Pascal, Chairman Columbia
Pictures John Calley,
Chairman/CEO Sony Pictures
Entertainment 10202 West
Washington Blvd. Culver City,
CA 90232-3195 Phone: (310)
244-4000 Fax: (310)
244-2626 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com/

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 111 minutes

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Content:

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GENRE: Detective Thriller

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Summary:

HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE not only suffers from a pathetic, unbelievable plot, it also stretches the limits of its PG-13 rating well into R-rated territory and contains a very strong pro-occult message. Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett play two Los Angeles policemen trying to solve the slaying of several up-and-coming rap singers.

Review:

HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE not only suffers from a pathetic, unbelievable plot, it also stretches the limits of PG-13 rating well into R-rated territory. Harrison Ford plays Joe Gavilan, a L.A.P.D. detective, who sells real estate on the side because he's saddled with three alimony payments and a bad mismanagement of his funds. His sidekick, K.C. Calden, played by Josh Hartnett, is a health food fanatic, who's afraid to shoot anything or anyone and who teaches yoga to a bevy of Beverly Hills babes with whom he sleeps, one after the other.

The partners are called in to solve a contract killing of four rap singers at a swank club in Los Angeles. While Gavilan is pressuring the owner of the club for information, he finds out that the owner wants to buy a house, so he quickly switches gears and tries to sell the owner a $6 million home. This back theme runs throughout the film.

In the midst of their investigation, another police detective, Benny Macko, serves a warrant on Joe to search his effects. Benny has a grudge against Joe and is out to destroy him. Joe is having an affair with a psychic, played by Lena Olin, and finds out that the psychic is Benny's girlfriend. This meandering mess-up of plot continues through several murders, sexcapades, and unlikely scenarios, to its retread Hollywood ending.

HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE is the best thing that could have happened to this movie. If someone had really shot the script, with a gun, it would have saved the graying audience at the sneak preview the pain and suffering of being inundated with psychic stupidities and Eastern religious messages which were touted as a way to get into bed with a lot of babes from Beverly Hills.

A few humorous moments do not save this movie, which dabbles in the sexual, occult, and New Age milieu in Hollywood. One wonders how the Motion Picture Association gave it a PG-13 rating.

Harrison Ford looks way to old to be in bed with Lena Olin, and he looks way too old to have an extended fight scene on the rooftops at Hollywood and Vine. His choices of acting roles lately have been extremely disappointing. His partner in this mess, Josh Hartnett, seems to lack the gravitas to be a big star in Hollywood.

Robert Shelton's direction in HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE is much too self-conscious. Then again, he's been one of the more over-rated directors and writers in Hollywood. Too often he lets the actors play to the camera. Also, the rhythm of the final chase scene, which does have some impressive elements, is broken several times by moments that tell the audience, "See, we're making a movie!"

The cast, crew, director and producer are completely wasted on HOLLYWOOD HOMICDE, but this is definitely not a movie for impressionable youths.

Please address your comments to:

Amy Pascal, Chairman

Columbia Pictures

John Calley, Chairman/CEO

Sony Pictures Entertainment

10202 West Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232-3195

Phone: (310) 244-4000

Fax: (310) 244-2626

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

SUMMARY: HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE not only suffers from a pathetic, unbelievable plot, it also stretches the limits of its PG-13 rating well into R-rated territory and contains a very strong pro-occult message. Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett play two Los Angeles policemen trying to solve the slaying of several up-and-coming rap singers.

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