Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Hollywood Homicide'; Ford Gets Silly in Silly Cop Flick

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Hollywood Homicide'; Ford Gets Silly in Silly Cop Flick

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Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer

Hollywood Homicide is a shambles, but it's a highly agreeable shambles that gives us the chance to see normally upright and uptight Harrison Ford get far sillier than most people named Harrison ever get.

There's Harrison, chasing a perp on a little girl's pink bike! There's Harrison, swaying, all alone, to Motown! There's Harrison -- that same Han Solo/Indiana Jones/Jack Ryan/terrorist-butt-kicking U.S. president Harrison -- huffing and puffing as he runs after a villain.

Not to mention the fact that there's Harrison getting playfully naughty in bed with his lady friend, what with the sunglasses and the frosted doughnut he just happened to have lying around.

It feels more than a little calculated, this new Harrison Ford, but it still tickles. We've all come a long way with this particular icon, and it's good to see him loosen up in Hollywood Homicide.

Plus the movie gets the best performance so far from co-star Josh Hartnett, who finally shows there's some intelligence percolating behind those bedroom eyes, a new development that I suspect may win him some new fans.

Hollywood Homicide is a mismatched buddies/cop comedy from Ron Shelton, he of Bull Durham, Tin Cup and White Men Can't Jump. It's not as consistent as those films, but it shares some of their chatty charm.

Its plot is nothing much: Ford and Hartnett are homicide cops investigating the killing of four rappers, but we're told within 20 minutes who did it.

Then there are some creeps from Internal Affairs sniffing around them, which leads to all sorts of coincidences involving old girlfriends and dead cop fathers. L.A.'s a big city, last I heard, but here everybody's so tied to everybody else it might as well be Mayberry.

The tone of Hollywood Homicide is all over the place. The first two-thirds is funky, laid-back, even slow, giving its stars numerous chances to be goofy. It all ends with a jarring mood shift -- a humongous chase through L. …

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