Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 crime-comedy film that was directed by Shane Black and shot in Los Angeles. Harry Lockhart, a main character, recalls recent events while attending a Los Angeles party. Fleeing from a botched burglary, Harry's friend is shot, forcing Harry to duck away from police by sneaking into an audition. Unintentionally, Harry impresses the producers with an outburst of remorse that was mistaken for method acting. At a Hollywood party before a screen test, Harry runs into Perry van Shrike, a private investigator hired to give Harry on-the-job experience for his role, and party host Harlan Dexter, a retired actor who recently resolved a family feud over his wife's inheritance with his daughter, Veronica.
Perry and Harry were in the wrong place at the wrong time and saw a vehicle being dumped in a lake and the apparent killers noticed the two. In a rescue attempt, Perry shoots the trunk lock but instead, accidentally hits the female corpse inside in the process. They cannot report the body because it appears Perry killed her.