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This movie was a disgrace to the memory of the great "Starsky & Hutch" TV show. They had the characters completely backwards (Hutch is the one who freaks out all the time, Starsky is "New York cool" all the time), and they weren't buffoons, either. At least they got the car right...Ben Stiller should be ashamed of himself for making this piece of crap movie. Anyone who was a fan of the TV show should hate this, as it makes a mockery of one of the first TV shows to show black people in a good light (sort of). I was a young boy crazy about cars when the TV show came out, so this movie was a major disappointment for me. I should have know it would be, with Owen "one-note actor" Wilson and Ben Stiller in it.....
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Starsky & Hutch is an action comedy film that stars Ben Stiller as
David Starsky and Owen Wilson as Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson.It was a film
adaptation of the original television series of the same name from the
1970s.The story picks up as two streetwise undercover cops in 1975,
driving in a red 1974 Ford Gran Torino, bust drug criminals. The film
functions as a sort of prequel to the TV series, as it portrays when
Starsky was first partnered with Hutchinson.It also features appearance
by Juliette Lewis, Will Ferrell,Matt Walsh,Snoop Dogg and Vince
Vaughn.The movie was directed by Todd Philips.
The story starts when Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson and Dave Starsky are a tough pair of plain-clothes cops who drive a red and white Ford Torino and solve cases with the assistance of their informant, Huggy Bear. While investigating their latest case, the duo realize that the culprit is none other than Reese Feldman,the criminal involved in their first bust.
Although the script was all over the map,the chemistry between Stiller and Wilson made up for the film.The story also moves slowly and without much grace.It tries to jiggle laughs out of us as much as possible instead of letting them flow freely.But nevertheless,the film is more warmhearted than sentimental and just as irreverent as it is nostalgic.Overall,it is a good for laughs movie.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are "Starsky & Hutch" in this 2004 take-off
of the 1970s buddy cop TV series that had special appeal to
pre-pubescent girls. Angry Captain Doby (Fred Williamson) is back as is
Huggy Bear (Snoop Dog). Even the striped-tomato red car is back. In
this film, Starsky is straight as an arrow and Hutch is not above
stealing money out of perp's wallet or committing a robbery and
claiming he was undercover at the time. The two become reluctant
partners and go after a drug dealer (Vince Vaughn).
There are many great '70s songs, discos, and Afros that go from one side of the street to the other. There is also no lack of S&H's famous undercover characterizations and disguises. And the ending will bring a big smile to your face. Owen Wilson singing "Don't Give Up on Us, Baby," David Soul's lighter than air hit tune, was a highlight of the film for me.
Interestingly, the characters seem to swap personalities when compared to the series, where Hutch was the concerned straight arrow and Starsky was the more laid back rule-breaker.
As a bit of trivia, Soul moved to England and began doing a lot of theater, appearing as Jerry Springer in "Jerry Springer - the Opera" not so long ago. He has long championed many humanitarian causes. Glaser, of course, became a director and an AIDS activist, his wife being Elizabeth Glaser, who lost her life to the disease along with their daughter. Back in the '70s, both men received a lot of publicity for their various demands and star attitudes. Life has a way of straightening out your priorities, I guess.
If you remember the series and the '70s, this is a fun film, and if you don't, I suspect it's fun anyway. If you are a die-hard, serious fan of the original series, this isn't the movie for you if you're planning on taking it seriously.
I have never seen the original 70's Starsky and Hutch series so I have
nothing to compare this film to as far as a remake goes. The film was
entertaining but not quite what I expected, although I enjoyed it more
than I anticipated. It's not an action film which was disappointing to
me because the film has the promise as a terrific action/comedy buddy
cop type movie that could have been a franchise. Instead they went for
humor and unfortunately it just came across for the most part as
mockingly bad acting.
Starsky and Hutch begins with Detective David Starsky causing Havoc and landing in hot water with the boss. At the same time Captain Doby hauls in Ken Hutchinson who is also causing problems and he figures the best way for these two to get their punishment is force them to work together so he puts them together as partners. Reese Feldman is a businessman who has created a new brand of cocaine. This cocaine is so pure, and so good it is completely undetectable by taste, smell or anything else making it prime for smuggling and he's going to sell this cocaine for millions to 11 of the biggest drug dealers in the country. When one of Feldman's thugs wash ashore and Starsky and Hutch are the ones to find the body it starts them on a patch of investigation as to where the body came from. They realize they are stumbling on something much bigger and eventually discover that Feldman might be behind it. When they go undercover, get information from informants, they think they have Feldman nailed but instead it only gets them into more trouble. Determined to prove themselves they continue trying to get the dirt on Feldman even after suspension. They will realize that they make the best team and even with their opposite personalities they will catch their criminal.
As of recently a comedy team has been born. Sometimes they switch it up a little but Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and more...they are like a big screen skit group. Sometimes their comedies work, and sometimes they bomb...because of their extreme over acting that feels like slapstick skit comedy. In this case Starsky and Hutch does work but mostly because of the story. Ben Stiller still acts like he's acting and it's overacting at that. He is mocking the character instead of creating it and it doesn't work well. Owen Wilson is the better of the two but then he's had a lot more experience in real action films which this should have been. Vince Vaughn is okay as the bad guy but like Stiller he seems like he's straight from a short comedy sketch. This film would have done much better with a serious cast, and more action. Still it's watchable and it's disappointing that it didn't get made as well as it could have. Snoop Dogg does a great job as Huggy Bear, although brief, he basically ends up wrapping up the whole film with his cameo which is an odd ending. It was nice that they brought in the original stars of Starsky and Hutch for cameos as well. Overall the film is okay and it could have been done differently but it's still pretty decent, worth seeing, and better than most of the comedy troupe's entries. 7/10
Last weekend I found a like-new "Starsky and Hutch" DVD at the local
video store for $2.99. While that kind of mark-down just a few months
after release is not a good sign, I decided to take a chance. I was
curious about what the "Zoolander" guys would do to 1970's worst action
television show. We considered David Soul's Hutch and Paul Michael
Glaser's Starsky hopelessly dorky. Cruising Bay City (also the domain
of great detectives Phillip Marlowe and James Rockford) with those two
blow dry guys was "Welcome to Loserville".
Sometimes when I view something that is likely to be uneven and somewhat moronic, I begin by watching it backwards with the DVD player on a 7 to one scan. This means you see one second and skip the next six seconds, which with this type of movie should be enough to follow what is happening-even when happening in reverse. When something looks interesting I stop the player and watch that scene. If this happens a few times I will then start the movie at the beginning and give it a good viewing.
But this never happened with "Starsky and Hutch". It is the only bad movie in history where I went from end to beginning without detecting a pulse worth watching in real time. About the only reason for an actual viewing would be to solve the mystery of why Juliette Lewis is listed on the credits. Apparently her scenes were so abbreviated that she was never on the screen continuously for more than six seconds and my DVD player skipped all of the frames in which she appeared.
Hopefully I can sell this to someone for $1.99; it has only been played once since I bought it.
Obvious but amiable 1970s farce from the director of Old School and Road Trip about two cops, one a by the book loner trying to follow in the footsteps of his late mother (Stiller), the other a self-proclaimed realist who'll do anything to get ahead (Wilson), who are reluctantly paired together to try and solve a drug/murder case. With the help of a streetwise, smooth-talking police informant (Snoop Dogg), they must put aside their differences to try and thwart an arrogant cocaine smuggler (Vaughn). The formula has been seen time and time again, but it works thanks to a likable cast and an engaging script that doesn't require you to think too much. Wilson and Stiller are, as always, a likable duo, but the real highlight is Snoop Dogg who steals every scene he's in as Huggy Bear. **½
Snoop Dogg is nearly the best thing in this slow moving action (!) buddy picture/action comedy. I got weary of Stiller's constant mugging. It's not funny, even though Stiller may have thought he was signaling the viewer that it is. Owen Wilson plays it straighter, and the end result is more satisfying. Both these actors are decent looking,and it would be great to see how they might perform with a better script and in the hands of a more imaginative director. For me the only laughs were the jailhouse scene with Will Ferrell as the prisoner being interviewed by Starsky and Hutch who tries to make a deal by getting Hutch to expose his navel. The other good moment was Snoop Dogg in his fur coat made of many colors.
3 am, after various Tequilla Shots and movies, somebody pulls out
'Starsky & Hutch' out of nowhere. 'Great' I thought. 'Another Owen
Wilson movie...' We had already watched Shanghai Noon and Shanghai
Knights, which I hadn't been too fond of. Well, I certainly was
Even though I had missed on the first five minutes of the movie, thanks to the lack of plot it wasn't too hard to follow the movie anyway. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson work out great together, as already proved by movies like 'Zoolander', and it worked just as well as ever in Starsky & Hutch. I never saw the original series, since back then, my mom was my age and a big fan of the show... but back to the movie. As mentioned further up, the movie doesn't have a really deep plot - which doesn't make it any worse, instead, the gags make up for it. One gag follows another, and they ain't bad. Since I never had cared about that movie before, none of the gag's were spoiled for me through TV and even the Pony was hilarious to me. The music and clothes are great, it really captures the 70s flair, and Snoop Dogg as Huggybear is an extra plus. But all that probably wasn't what made me fall in love with this movie... Instead Starsky and Hutch, one of the loveliest movie couples in my opinion, was what I loved so much about the movie. The homo-erotic hints aren't really subtle, but cute to the bone. Is there anything better than Hutch carrying Starks lovingly to bed? Not for me. Even my male friends had to agree, that it was funny and kinda cute at the same time.
Overall, I got only one more thing to say: Watch that movie! ...Do it!
Over the years i have caught a few episodes of the original Starsky &
Hutch TV series which were OK but a bit boring. A TV show about cops is
hardly original. In fact the best thing about the original show was
that car. With this remake i'm glad the film makers decided to add
comedy to the mix so for me this time the best thing about this movie
wasn't the car. It wasn't Ben Stiller either, nor Owen Wilson or Snoop
Dogg. The best thing about it was Vince Vaughn who i haven't seen play a
bad guy since the 'Psycho' remake. This guy has really impressed me
with movies like 'Old School' and 'Dodgeball' and now this.
The story was OK but not great, the acting was generally good but unfortunately the comedy could have been better. It does drag in places and the jokes are few and far between but when there is comedy it ain't bad and usually works, especially the horse scene.
I think most people couldn't really care less about the cameo's from the original Starsky & Hutch near the end. This really is an unnecessary remake of a mediocre show. What next? Cagney & Lacey?! I mildly enjoyed it though, mainly because of Vaughn's performance. 7/10
As a kid the TV show was fun and I felt that it was done good. The
PG-13 rated was over the top. A little much for this film as this film
was nothing more then a weekly TV show put on film. The views of the
writer show, I can see how some viewers got lost with the plot, or as I
almost did, fell asleep in this film. It basically was a 70's flick
that roars with needing help with long drown out parts. I was said to
see this film fall into a 'B' rated film with a 'A' produce. I hope the
next one will come out better. (It dose happen)
I hope to see more later.
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