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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a difficult film to classify. It meets the criteria of noir, but it also subverts the genre for laughs, so it’s somewhere between an homage and a satire.

A still from 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'
Val getting his noir on.

Val plays Perry van Shrike, called “Gay Perry” for the obvious reason. Gay Perry, in a subversion of noir’s strict gender roles, is the most competent, bad ass character in the film.

A still from 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'
The anger management isn’t paying off, but the self-defense lessons sure are.

He’s also one of the funniest, with an acerbic humor usually aimed at Harry Lockhart, the film’s protagonist.
PERRY: Jesus. Look up “idiot” in the dictionary, you know what you’ll find?
HARRY: A picture of me?
PERRY: No, the definition of the word “idiot,” which you fucking are!

Perry van Shrike is not a man who suffers fools.

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