Hollywood Homicide

Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett

Directed by Ron Shelton
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 2
Community: star rating
5 2 0
June 13, 2003

Action movies that show a real interest in characters and their quirks are so rare that you might be ready to forgive this one its sins of cliché and poky pacing. There's a lively wink in Harrison Ford's performance as Joe Gavilan, a homicide detective who moonlights selling real estate to support his three ex-wives. Josh Hartnett co-stars as his hunk partner, K.C. Calden, who earns money teaching yoga to bed-able babes and is trying to make it as an actor. K.C. has nabbed a role in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Joe helps him rehearse. To hear Ford play Blanche to Hartnett's Stanley is a kick.

Credit the colorful dialogue to director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Dark Blue). He co-wrote the script with former LAPD cop Robert Souza, who knows the turf. Shelton doesn't care much about the plot — the murder of a rap star — and neither will you. But in a summer of slick buddy flicks, Hollywood Homicide is escapism with a human touch — it feels lived-in.

Movie Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Whoomp! (There It Is)”

    Tag Team | 1993

    Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

    More Song Stories entries »