While most people were introduced (or reintroduced for some of the older crowds here) to Robert Downey Jr. with the summer blockbuster, Iron Man, which helped kick-start his career and is thought to be one of Hollywood's greatest comebacks in recent memory, a couple years back there was a much smaller film that went by the name, "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," which was written by Shane Black (famous for starting the Lethal Weapon series). As much as I love Iron Man, I have to say that KKBB is where RDJ made his real comeback. Hell I'll go as far as saying that I consider the movie to be one of the best of the decade if I ever felt the need to write a "Best 10 movies of the decade" list.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang follows a small time crook named Harry Lockhart (Downey Jr.) in Hollywood after a botched robbery gets his partner killed and leads to him getting a part as a detective in a movie. In order to prepare for the role, Harry is put under the guidance of Perry (Val Kilmer), a gay detective. Along the way, the two get involved in a murder that may have something to do with Harry's childhood friend/love interest, Harmony Lane (Michelle Monaghan)
What makes KKBB, such an amazing film in the first place is just how self-aware it is. The movie is pretty much a send up of the film noir genre and it often pokes fun at the many tropes that it is commonly known for, most noticeably that Harry narrates the entire movie (often with hilarious results) and is a detective, or at least pretending to be one. Also, it's ridiculously funny. Both Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer play off each other extremely will and their bickering provides the movies most humorous moments.
KKBB is a criminally underrated film, that should be watched by all. So if you haven't figured it out yet, you should probably go watch it. Like, now.