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This Starsky and Hutch caricature just doesn't work as a comedy (or as a caricature). It is off-kilter a few degrees in all respects. One of the many thoroughly forgettable films being churned out steadily these days. The film probably made money which is a non-tribute to the viewing public. The acting, directing, cinematography and editing are all mediocre at best. In a proper world all profits would be given to charity and the people involved would be horsewhipped for about ten minutes and sent off with a warning that the next time the punishment will be much worse. Being that this is not a proper world they will most likely buy a lot of coke and backpat each other around swimming pools.
Detective David Starsky (Ben Stiller) is the most dedicated undercover
cop working the mean streets of Bay City, California. Maniacally
devoted to his job, when he's on duty no crime goes unpunished -- and
he's always on duty. And that's a good thing, because he has big shoes
to fill: his mother was one of the best cops in the history of Bay
City. But while his mom stuck with the same partner throughout her
entire career, due to his extremely zealous brand of police work,
Starksy burns through partners faster than his beloved Gran Torino goes
through spark plugs.
Detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (Owen Wilson) is having career issues of his own -- he's a good cop, but his laid back personality and desire for a quick buck don't always get the job done. He has excellent instincts; he just needs a little bit of focus to keep him on the admittedly less profitable side of the law. Exasperated Bay City Police Caption Dobey (Fred Williamson) has found the perfect solution for two of his biggest problems: pair up Starsky and Hutch and put them out on the streets.Starsky & Hutch 10/10
Continuing the recent success of comedies starring Ben Stiller, Owen
Wilson, Vince Vaughan et al "Starsky and Hutch" is an immensely
creative, though sometimes annoying, comedy about two cops with totally
opposite characters after a rich drug dealer. Quite clearly, the point
of the movie isn't the crime detection at all... the film becomes a
hilarious spoof of the 70s culture, still paying homage to the original
And the comedy is pretty evident. Starsky and Hutch may be of opposite personalities but they have one thing in common, they are buffoons. And with Stiller and Wilson playing them, it's just fun to watch them embark on all those hilarious mishaps. The role by Snoop Dogg is also a hit. Vaughan plays the no-nonsense drug lord with a brilliant serious air around him. Carmen Electra, Amy Smart and Juliette Lewis only add to the fun with their 70s-type 'brainless babe' roles.
It'd take a long time to mention the funny scenes, because they are plenty. I'd rather point out the ones that I found rather annoying... like the mime act scene or the jail interview scene. But that's okay, these films are supposed to have few shots of such crude sense of humor and I've known many who'd actually like them. The story, by the way, could have been a bit more dramatic. Besides these minor complaints, 'Starsky and Hutch' scores good.
In my opinion there was only real good spot in this movie. It was when
the original Starsky and Hutch showed up.
I think the problem for me was the direction this movie took. That direction being a "parody" rather than a more serious drama. Yes... the original had it's comedy but it also had some great drama for it's day. I think most of the episodes still hold up well today too.
The showing up of Soul and Glaser is the probably only reason I give this a 2.... lol.
P.S. Yes I grew up watching the original so maybe I'm a bit prejudice towards the new movie. Guess I wanted it more like the original... hehe.
Unlike the revival of "Charlie's Angels" in films which pay homage to a popular television series of the 1970s, "Starsky and Hutch" seeks to parody the original, lively buddy cop show, which featured David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser. The filmmakers worked hard to evoke the popular culture of the 1970s, especially in the film's sound track. But this film was not funny, and it underscored the limitations of Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller as actors. Both performers merely play themselves, and their personalities and irritating, nasal voices do not carry the film. In one scene, there was a set-up on a disco dance floor. Was that Ben Stiller's best effort at disco dance moves? Even with Hollywood dance coaches and choreographers, the lengthy dance competition sequence was an embarrassment. Ironically, the best scene in the film was a brief cameo appearance of Soul and Glaser, which reminded viewers of the extremely competent original television action series. The film would have been more successful if the writers and producers would have simply trusted the original material and brought back Soul and Glaser to reprise the roles, instead of casting Wilson and Stiller.
Todd Phillips has prooven that he is the top comedic director in the
right now. Old School was the funniest movie of last year and Starsky and
Hutch may very well be the funniest film of the upcoming year. Yes, I am a huge fan of this crew; Stiller, Wilson, Ferrell, etc., but even if you're not a huge fan, this movie may make you one. The chemistry between Ben and Owen is priceless,
and the small part Ferrell has is done flawlessly. Do yourself a favor and see this movie.
This movie is one of the funniest i've seen in a long time. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson deliver another hysterical comedy once again. Im not gonna give any plot line away but i know that i cant wait for Starsky and Hutch 2: Electric Boogaloo. GO SEE IT! DO IT! DO IT!
This will be very, very brief.
Sarahjmarquis, Mike and Dr. Gore all sum it up quite nicely.
This is a truly, truly awful, pathetic film that has nothing - I mean 100% nothing.
It's not funny (I lasted 49 minutes before I could take no more), it's not entertaining, it's not interesting - IT HAS NOTHING.
Please do not waste your time watching this - nobody can give you that time back (and you will wish they could).
I really don't understand how makers of a film can sit back , see a finished product like this and think it's worth putting out there.
btw why does the voting here not allow you to select 0 ? This garbage certainly isn't worth a 1 !! I can't be bothered wasting any more of my time writing about this pointless drivel of a mess of a film.
This movie is awful! It has nothing to do whit the TV series other than
original star cameo and the car. The whole movie is just Ben Stiller BS that
would be expected as a bridge between scenes but the plot scenes are the
bridge between these boring and un funny "comedy" bits.
Snoop Dogs character is the star of this movie and steals every
I gave this turkey 2 points, 1 for the movie, 1 for Snoop Dog AND just for
Carmen Electra being in it.
(I hope the DVD features deleted scenes of Carmen whit swim suit optional footage :)
This was bad. Even the 70's music that they chose was mostly bad. Even the
watered down version of the classic "Gotcha" theme song was bad - how
they mess that up?
I loved the original series, and this movie was a major, major letdown. The only highpoint for me were the "two cameo appearances" towards the end. Still, although that was a thrill, it does not redeem a truly awful and unfunny film. Thankfully, it is so bad that it doesn't ruin the experience of the original series. Save your money and time on this horrible film and go buy the DVDs of the classic original series.
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