The Last Boy Scout Reviews
There were a few hiccups so far as I'm concerned. The quarterback character who (pushes, and hence) joins Willis in the investigation of his girlfriend's murder hardly showed any grief for the loss. In fact, it seemed as if he were on a joyride. Joe's sad personal life bit (his family hardly having any respect for him & whatnot) has been performed to death, and should have rather been left out. And including the kid to join the duo in action in the final sequences didn't add much to the entertainment either.
All being said, I've enjoyed a movie to this extent after quite a while. So much that I'm indifferent to include this quite an ordinary flick in my favorites list (for now, if not forever). I highly recommend it. All the same, be prepared; that's bound to help just in case....... And then some.
A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.
You look at this movie and what do you see? A patterned action movie. A patterned Bruce Willis vehicle. The simple fact is they just don't make 'em like this anymore. It gives us what we want, when we want it and that's why 'The Last Boy Scout' succeeds. In instant gratification, a comfortable level of predictability and by not pulling any surprise punches. No stranger to the cracking down-and-out tough guy roles, Willis is in form and Damon Wayans makes for a surprisingly good supporting turn. 'The Last Boy Scout' shows he can carry a serious role when his thing has mainly been comedy.
Written by Shane Black and with the layers striped away, it's a movie we've seen and heard before plenty 'o times. The good guys versus bad guys is pretty black and white. It's got a crackling script apt with one liners and situations perfect for action showdowns or character moments, but it also seems to have a multiple personality disorder. Dealing with the professional sport of football, the initial tone is quite serious. It all gives away to territory traveled before soon enough, but I wonder if the serious start was just to establish the dark path or was it something more. Something darker never to be? There's glimpses that the story is trying to be more than just an action trip however that sediment is far and away gone by the time we reach the wacky end as only seen in action movies, but it begs the question. At the end of the day, the Last Boy Scout is everything you remember it to be. Loud, violent, politically incorrect, crude, funny and definitely quotable. The kind of light fare rift with lots of junk blowing up, cursing and little in the way of asking the viewer to think. It might pale in comparison to Willis's diverse catalog and again, the start is much stronger than the end, but it's still a hoot if you know what you're looking for!
Joe Hallenbeck: Play some rap music.
Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans star in a big and loud R rated action movie from Tony Scott, written by Buddy Movie King Screenwriter Shane Black.
In this movie, everyone is a different degree of asshole, even Willis' 13 year old daughter. This basically means that the general attitude gives everyone the chance to spout some of the best one-liners in a 90s action movie.
Joe Hallenbeck: Now what are you doing?
Jimmy Dix: I'm drawing them a picture.
Joe Hallenbeck: What's that?
Jimmy Dix: It's a bomb.
Joe Hallenbeck: It doesn't look like a bomb, it looks like an apple with lines coming out of it. What are they gonna say, "don't open the briefcase, it's full of fresh fruit"?
Jimmy Dix: Do you want to draw the damn thing?
The plot is fairly straight forward, Willis is a deadbeat P.I. assigned to a case, blah blah blah, Damon Wayans girlfriend gets killed, blah blah blah, they team up, blah blah blah, corruption, action.
Darian: I wanna know what's going on!
Jimmy Dix: Watch CNN. Now get out of the car.
What helps is the R rating, where these characters can swear a lot and have some viscious gun fights, and that's what I call entertainment.
Jimmy Dix: Was that C-4!?!
Joe Hallenbeck: Either that, or a hell of a factory recall.
Anywayz, a private detective and shamed quarterback team up to find a murderer but instead wind up as targets for some very nasty people with big businesses and guns. Throw in a cheating wife, a foul-mouthed 13 year old (yep, its Bruce's kid and wife) and Halle Berry doing a pole dance and yeah this movie gets action thriller fans interested. But im glad Tony Scott and Shane Black was behind the helm or this movie would have gone to the dogs.
This movie was kinda warming Bruce up for later roles, such as the infamous Die Hard with a Vengeance and this movie was a good springboard to it. The bad guys are bland - they all die of course but they have nothing against Willis who is much more nastier and brutal than his foes. Damon Wayans is better off doing his comedies but both guys on screen make an okay partnership - not exactly Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in 48 Hours but it comes close.
Well - action, brutality, guns, bombs, half-naked chicks, half naked Halle Berry, liners with every single swear word in the Macquarie dictionary...... yep, another wham bam thank you maam' flick - but hey, its the late 80's and early 90s!!
This was one of the last movies of its kind.... and one of the better ones.