Directed by Ron Shelton, starring Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Lena Olin, Bruce Greenwood, Isaiah Washington, Lolita Davidovich, Dwight Yokam and Keith David.

Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in 'Training Day', Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt in 'Se7en', Robert Duvall and Sean Penn in 'Colors', Clint Eastwood and Reni Santoni in 'Dirty Harry'... All memorable onscreen partnerships where the pairing of an old pro with an eager rookie results in some great scenes, classic one liners and entry into the Cop Movie Hall of Fame. Ford and Hartnett won't be joining them.

Joe Gavilan (Ford) and KC Calden (Hartnett) are wantaway LAPD detectives who have just recently become partners. The terminally downbeat Gavilan has a gig on the side as an estate agent while dreamer Calden wants to be an actor or failing that, spiritual guru to Beverly Hills babes who feel there could be more to life than shoes. Both try to fit the day job in around these extra-curricular activities but their schedules get even more complicated when an up-and-coming hip-hop outfit is gunned down in a nightclub. Turns out Gavilan and Calden are still trying to put together the pieces of a previous rapper slaying when one big clue falls into place - all the victims were signed to mogul Antoine Sartain's (Washington) record label.

Ford often looks like a man who is weak from the hunger of waiting for a decent script and with this pitifully confused caper you'll swear you can hear his stomach rumbling in every scene. The casting is such a mystery that you could be forgiven for thinking the whole process was done by small ads in an LA trade paper. Throw William H Macy and Seann William Scott together and you might get enough out of them to compensate for a Swiss cheese plot. Instead, this is a charisma-free outing where the murder investigation feels tacked on to comedy scenes of Ford's character trying to sell a massive house and Hartnett's success at bedding his students.

The whole thing is so predictable that during the closing chase you'll be shouting 'hurry up and catch him!' so you can go home and seek solace in 'Lethal Weapon 4'. Little fun, less chemistry and no reason to waste your money. Someone please feed Harrison soon.

Harry Guerin