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(2003) (Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett) (PG-13)

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Action/Comedy: Two disparate cops try to solve a multiple homicide case all while dealing with each other and the various complications in their lives.
Joe Gavilan (HARRISON FORD) and K.C. Calden (JOSH HARTNETT) are homicide detectives working the Hollywood beat. When Joe the veteran isn't rolling his eyes over the efforts of Calden, the rookie, he sells real estate to make ends meet and has been seeing Ruby (LENA OLIN), a radio psychic. K.C., on the other hand, teaches a yoga class and wants to quit the force to become an actor.

Their boss, Leon (KEITH DAVID), sends them on their latest case, a quadruple homicide of rap artists in a city club. Its owner, Julius Armas (PERCY "MASTER P" MILLER), isn't of much help, but Joe is happy to hear that he's looking for a new place to live. Their investigation eventually leads to Antoine Sartain (ISAIAH WASHINGTON), an ex-con and now music mogul who had signed the slain men.

Things become more complicated when Bennie Macko (BRUCE GREENWOOD) of Internal Affairs begins putting the pressure on Joe. That's not only because of his suspicions about his apparent wealthy lifestyle or his dealings with a local madam, Cleo (LOLITA DAVIDOVICH), and one of her "girls," Wanda (LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS), but also because Ruby used to date Bennie.

With a hitman, Leroy Wasley (DWIGHT YOAKAM), knocking off several more people, and Joe trying to get Julius to buy the estate now occupied by movie producer Jerry Duran (MARTIN LANDAU), things become comically complicated as the two cops try to solve the case.

If they're fans of anyone in the cast or cop-based action comedies, they just might.
For violence, sexual situations and language.
  • HARRISON FORD plays a veteran cop with a defiant attitude who'd rather be selling real estate than solving crimes. He uses profanity, drinks and sleeps with Ruby, all while dealing with the bad guys.
  • JOSH HARTNETT plays his young partner, a cop who'd rather teach his yoga classes and become an actor than solve crimes. He uses some profanity and beds some women.
  • LENA OLIN plays a radio psychic who's been seeing and sleeping with Joe. She briefly uses some profanity.
  • BRUCE GREENWOOD plays an officer with Internal Affairs who has a grudge against Joe and actively tries to prosecute him.
  • ISAIAH WASHINGTON plays an ex-con who now runs a record label and may or may not know about the recent murders of some of his clients.
  • LOLITA DAVIDOVICH plays a madam who has connections with Joe.
  • KEITH DAVID plays Joe and K.C.'s boss.
  • PERCY "MASTER P" MILLER plays the owner of a club where some murders took place and who wants to buy some property.
  • DWIGHT YOAKAM plays a hitman who kills some people.
  • MARTIN LANDAU plays a veteran movie producer who's trying to sell his estate.


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    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this action comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 use of the "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue is present, some fooling around occurs on screen, and off-screen sex is implied. A clothed man joins a nude woman in a hot tub, but nothing explicit is seen.

    Violence consists of a number of people being shot and killed, another dying from a long fall, other attempts on people's lives, fighting, and some car crashes. Some of those scenes might be suspenseful to some viewers (and some have moderate, bloody results), but most are played for action and/or comedy rather than graphic realism.

    The murderers and others have bad attitudes, while some people drink and others smoke. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

  • Some people have drinks in a club.
  • Joe has a drink and K.C. a beer in a bar.
  • We see bottles of booze in Joe's place and he pours himself a drink.
  • We see Joe with an empty glass in his hand on his chest as he sleeps. When he wakes up, he then has another drink.
  • A cop is noted as being involved in the drug business.
  • Joe has a drink in front of him.
  • Joe has a drink.
  • We see a few dead bodies (clothed) and one has a little bit of blood on it. We also see some bloody shoe prints on the floor.
  • During an autopsy (that includes the motion of a scalpel going down a chest as well as the sounds of electric saws), some blood or fluid squirts out onto K.C. We also see blood on some surgical gloves, as well as another body that's completely charred.
  • We see a man's urine run down over his shoe (following an unsuccessful drive-by shooting aimed at him).
  • Joe has some blood from his nose following a car crash.
  • K.C. has some blood on his face.
  • A man has some blood on his arm (the clothing) after being shot there.
  • Both Joe and K.C. have more blood on their faces/heads after fighting some bad guys.
  • From a great distance, we see a murder victim who's a bit bloody and appears to be missing some body parts.
  • Those responsible for killing or attempting to kill others obviously have extreme cases of bad attitudes.
  • Joe half jokingly states that K.C. is gay when the latter says he'd rather be an actor than a cop.
  • Bennie has it out for Joe since the latter is dating his ex-girlfriend (and uses his Internal Affairs position to go after him).
  • Some guys appear to be stealing a car, but they're really just repo men.
  • For those who don't like psychics/clairvoyants, Ruby is one of them.
  • A cop is noted as being involved in the drug business.
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" might also be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers, but the majority are played for action and/or comedy than true realism.
  • As some suspenseful music plays, K.C. thinks he hears something, draws his gun and slowly makes his way around the outside of a house (but it turns out to be a nude woman in his hot tub).
  • Mostly played for comedy, K.C. and the occupants of the car he's commandeered brace for impact with a wall in their vehicle (but it turns out to be a fake Hollywood one that they drive through).
  • A bad guy clotheslines K.C., knocking him onto the street. He then holds a gun on him and seems intent on killing him, but K.C. grabs the man, struggles with him and then ends up shooting him at least once (and firing other shots around him).
  • A man briefly dangles from a railing at the top of a building.
  • Handguns/Machine guns: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others.
  • Phrases: "F*ck you very much," "Bullsh*t," "I sh*t you not," "Piece of sh*t," "Sh*tload," "I just make sh*t up," "Duck sh*t," "Don't bullsh*t me," "Are you sh*tting me?" "D*cking around," "D*ckhead," "Needle-d*ck," "Piss," "Big ass," "Why are you ragging on me?" "Crapper," "What the hell is going on?" "Jerk," "Bad ass," "Shut up," "You dog you," "Pollok" (K.C. reads that word), "Kiss my ass," "Nigger" (said by a black man), "Young ass," "Old ass," "Plain ass," "Kick your ass," "Dumb ass," "My ass," "Pissed his pants," "Sleaze ball," "Idiot," "Bitch" (man), "Get the hell down," "Freaking" and "You suck."
  • K.C. has what looks like a tattoo on his back.
  • Joe reads while driving.
  • To goad Bennie, Joe does some clothed pelvic thrusting against a two-way mirror while being interrogated.
  • During a car chase, K.C. ends up driving down a street the wrong way as well as on a sidewalk.
  • None.
  • A mild amount of such music, along with some of the action variety, plays in the film.
  • None that we heard, but some song had lyrics that we couldn't hear/understand, thus offering the possibility of potentially objectionable material being in them.
  • At least 1 "f" word, 35 "s" words, 4 slang terms using male genitals ("d*ck"), 2 slang terms for sex ("laid"), 17 asses (2 used with "hole"), 5 S.O.B.s, 4 hells, 3 craps, 2 damns, 11 uses of "G-damn," 4 of "Oh my God," 2 each of "For Christ's sakes," "Jesus Christ" and "Oh God" and 1 use of "Christ," "Jesus" and "Swear to God" as exclamations.
  • A miscellaneous man (Eric Idle) is taken away in a police station where he states that he was doing research and has never had to pay for sex (but obviously knows the prostitutes - in standard hooker attire -- he passes by and they know him).
  • We see some hookers (in standard attire) in the background of a shot.
  • K.C. asks Joe when the last time he "got laid" and Joe says it's none of his business. K.C. then sees a hooker get into Joe's car, but doesn't realize it's a guy in drag who's an informant (and thus nothing sexual happens). Later, K.C. apologizes for asking about him "getting laid" and tells him to be safe (which makes Joe laugh). Joe then says that "she" was a he and K.C. says he doesn't need to know that.
  • We see K.C. and a woman in bed under the sheets (she's asleep and we see both of their bare backs).
  • Officials find a "Tools for Tantra" book in K.C.'s locker (and comment on it being a sex book).
  • A woman shows some cleavage.
  • From a distance, we briefly see a few women in bikinis.
  • Women wear sports bras and other midriff-revealing tops in K.C.'s class. At one point, all of the women bend over, prompting Joe to smile at the sight (and the camera briefly focuses on their clothed butts). Joe then comments that K.C. is doing that for the money and sex (saying he has a racket going on). K.C. denies that, but a woman suggestively tells K.C. that she now feels really open after the class. K.C. then admits that maybe he did get into the job for sex.
  • K.C. discovers a nude woman in his hot tub (the tops of her breasts are just under the water surface and while we can see that she's nude, we don't see any details). We then see her bare back as he gets into the tub (clothed) and they passionately kiss.
  • Joe and Ruby start fooling around and she playfully states that he's a bad cop and thus won't get a donut. She then removes his pants (we see him in his boxers), we see her in her bra (with cleavage) and he's then shirtless. He nuzzles her neck, she appears aroused and he has a donut (all played as much for comedy as for passion). The next morning we see her in bed under the covers.
  • We briefly see a guy looking through a magazine of women in lingerie or bathing suits (but the images are very small and only briefly seen).
  • While in bed, Joe kisses up Ruby's leg and then is partially on top of her. He then jokingly states that if he had taken his gingko he'd remember where he put the Viagra. They kiss and we then see them in bed the next morning. He later tells Bennie, "What a night."
  • To goad Bennie, Joe does some clothed pelvic thrusting against a two-way mirror while being interrogated. Meanwhile, a female interrogator appears to like K.C. and states that it must be really hard (innuendo on the film's part, and she then says she's referring to his yoga position).
  • A comment is made about sex.
  • We occasionally see a woman, Cleo, who's apparently a madam.
  • A miscellaneous woman shows a little cleavage.
  • Ruby shows some cleavage.
  • Several minor or miscellaneous characters briefly smoke.
  • Joe reads a line from a play where a character asks if they can have a drag from another's cigarette.
  • We hear that Joe is paying alimony to three ex-wives.
  • We hear that K.C.'s father, a cop, was killed on the job sometime in the past.
  • The life and work of a homicide detective.
  • Clairvoyants/psychics.
  • Realtors.
  • Two men open fire on others in a rap club with machine guns. They repeatedly shoot at them, and while we don't see anyone get hit, we later hear that four people were killed (and we see some shots of the dead bodies).
  • Wasley shoots two men dead (seen from a distance and with no gore). He then pours gasoline on their bodies in their car, a flare is thrown under the car. It ignites and then explodes.
  • A cuffed suspect grabs an officer's handgun from his holster and spins around, wildly firing the gun from behind his back and hitting various cars in the process. K.C. then races out and tackles the suspect.
  • When an off-duty cop/security guard has a bad attitude toward him, Joe punches that man in the face and gut.
  • K.C. spots some men seemingly stealing Joe's car. He races after them, aims his gun at them, and repeatedly fires (hitting the car in various places, but also sending bullets flying everywhere).
  • Joe trips a fleeing suspect and then puts his knee down hard onto the man.
  • Some men drive by and open fire on Joe, K.C. and their suspect with machine guns. No one is hurt, but property damage (including some collapsing material) occurs.
  • Joe kicks a car in anger as it drives off.
  • A truck smashes into two cars and drives over a sign to escape from the police.
  • K.C. drives over/through a sign on a sidewalk during a chase that also includes various cars crashing into each other. One car ends up flying through the air, flips over and lands on its roof.
  • There's a violent crash between two vehicles.
  • Two men open fire on Joe and K.C. who return fire at them in downtown Hollywood.
  • K.C. jumps down onto a vendor's cart and is somewhat injured.
  • A bad guy knocks people aside as he flees a cop.
  • Joe flips over a car door when it's opened in front of him as he drives by on a bike.
  • A bad guy opens fire on Joe in a subway car. Later, the two fire at each other in an office and then outside it where Joe falls back through a window (but is okay).
  • A bad guy clotheslines K.C., knocking him onto the street. He then holds a gun on him and seems intent on killing him. K.C. grabs the man, struggles with him, knocks him to the street and then ends up shooting him at least once in the arm (and fires other shots around him).
  • Shots are fired on a rooftop where a bad guy tries to hit a cop with a pole or similar object (both hitting and missing him). The cop punches him and they struggle near a railing at the top of a building. The bad guy punches the cop who then kicks the bad guy in the face. The bad guy delivers many punches to the cop who then picks up the bad guy, drives him toward the edge and then drops him over it (the man falls several stories and lands in an empty trash dumpster - presumably killing him, but we don't see the impact, although we do hear it).
  • A cop is slammed against a car while being arrested.
  • Some implied violence occurs during a play and some men then struggle on stage (as part of the play). Joe forcibly makes a man sit to continue watching the play when he tries to leave.

  • Reviewed June 10, 2003 / Posted June 13, 2003

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