Britt Reid is the son of newspaper publisher James Reid, who has dedicated his newspaper to exposing the wrongdoings of criminals in the city of Los Angeles. When James dies from a bee sting, this sends Britt on a tailspin, angry that this paper that he never wanted has been left to him. However, after seeing a mugging one evening with his mechanic Kato, he feels a surge of the feeling that he needs to try to do the right thing like his father. He proposes to Kato that they pretend to be criminals in order to get close to the real criminals so that they may stop them in ways the police cannot. Kato agrees and turns their car into a gun-toting war machine. Britt's first target is his father's last target, Chudnofsky, a vicious Russian mobster trying to unite the LA mobs under his own rule. Britt uses his newspaper to print a lot of stories about the dastardly Green Hornet, his chosen hero alias, in order to land a face-to-face with Chudnofsky. Chudnofsky nearly kills them when they meet, and pressures mount around the town; the district attorney is angry that people think he isn't doing enough to stop the Green Hornet, the editor of the newspaper thinks Britt focusing so hard on Chudnofsky will get him killed, and a local female reporter causes Kato and Britt to bicker over who gets to date her. When Britt learns the district attorney is working with Chudnofsky, he and Kato must find a way to bring them to justice.
Best part of story, including ending:
The movie has its moments, but it's pretty poorly paced, and much of the attempted humor seems shoehorned in. Seth Rogen isn't really a credible superhero.
Best scene in story:
The opening Chudnofsky scene, in which he threatens and intimidates a gangster played by James Franco, is both funny and suspenseful, toeing the line the rest of the film cannot.
Opinion about the main character:
Britt is a spoiled brat. His plans are poorly thought out, he treats Kato poorly, and he threatens their entire friendship when he finds out the girl he likes prefers Kato. Not an ideal lead for a film.