Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Critic Consensus: It's uneven and occasionally somewhat aimless, but Starsky & Hutch benefits from Stiller and Wilson's chemistry and a surprisingly warm-hearted script.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for drug content, sexual situations, partial nudity, language and some violence)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Todd Phillips|
|Written By:||John O'Brien, Scot Armstrong, Todd Phillips, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon|
|In Theaters:||Mar 5, 2004 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jul 20, 2004|
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as David Starsky
as Ken Hutchinson
as Huggy Bear
as Capt. Doby
as Reese Feldman
as Mrs. Feldman
as Big Earl (uncredited...
as Dancin' Rick
as Disco DJ
as Banquet Singer
as Bat Mitzvah Singer
as Indian Shopkeeper
as Bee Bee
as Drug Dealer
as Terrence Meyers
as Fat Ron
as Ice Cream Man
as Banquet Waitress
as Cop in Shower
as Sexy Bartender
as Diner Waitress
as Mrs. Feldman's Frien...
as Mrs. Feldman's Other...
as Rooftop Bad Guy
as Laundry Owner
as Bookie No. 1
as Bookie No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Starsky & Hutch
It's basically a time killer with a lot of forgettable jokes that go on way too long many times...
Stiller and Wilson are far less serious than their television role models (Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul) but still drive the hell out of the souped-up Ford Gran Torino muscle car that boosted the show's visual appeal.
Audience Reviews for Starsky & Hutch
Always thought it was kinda funny that two undercover cops drive around in a souped up Gran Torino with a custom paint job. What's that noise? oh its the fuzz in their muscle car.
The first parody of one of the two biggest TV shows with the coolest cars, the other being 'The Dukes of Hazzard'. Its nothing too outrageously original overall, a simple drug kingpin needs to be taken down and the cool hip duo are on the case.
Its not really about the plot though, this film is just about the humour and having a good time. Like many Stiller films its a sly sneaky semi-serious spoof/parody comedy which is light-hearted, at times clever, but not over the top with silly childish jokes...not too much. A good decision because a serious adaptation of this would never have worked. The casting of Stiller and Wilson is actually inspired as they both fit the roles perfectly, Stiller actually looking very similar to Glaser and really capturing that 70's vibe. Both guys take to their characters like ducks to water and really make the whole film very likeable and thoroughly watchable. Gotta admit I had my doubts at first.
Other casting includes frat pack members Ferrell and Vaughn, both of whom boost the film giving solid amusing performances. Loved Ferrell and his slightly creepy Big Earl character. So the cast is great and really holds the film together but I must give big kudos to the overall visuals in the film. Obviously set in the 70's but to be honest you could be fooled into thinking they'd gone back in time to shoot this. Very impressed with everything, all the period cars driving around, abundant street trash and grime (including those darn pesky cardboard boxes that turn up in all car chases), the costumes, hair styles and even those classic 70's TV show camera angles and zooms. They did tend to cram in almost every cliched 70's tune they could muster though, didn't need that, we get the idea about the era.
Of course they do cater for the car porn fans out there. Plenty of Torino action naturally with slow motion action, close-ups, lots of skidding and tyre smoke etc...maybe too much? Gotta expect that I guess, it is a nice looking and sounding car and virtually a character in its own right.
I think they went the right way with this, as I said, a serious attempt would have been laughable. No way this could of been a gritty hard action thriller, not with that car, that dialog and those threads! I'm also glad they didn't reduce the concept to childish smut (ahem). Its a by the books action comedy flick, but the fact its a neat little parody of a classic cop show which has actually been well thought out, makes this worth your time in my view.
Starsky and Hutch is a diverting and inventive waste of time. No attempt was made to create a serious take (like Michael Mann's horrendous Miami Vice film version) on the iconic TV show, but instead to use it as fodder for frothy, pointless retro fun, jam packed with some of the 70's cheesiest pop classics, (Afternoon Delight, That's the Way I Like It and the David Soul classic 'Don't Give Up on us Baby, sung by the musically challenged Owen Wilson).
Talented comedy director Todd Phillips shows his directing chops here pre-Hangover. Phillips knows how to direct a scene for laughs, he's one of the best out there right now.
The star studded cast are all welcome visitors to the party, including Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear, bad ass blacksploitation veteran Fred Williamson, the always welcome comedic anarchist Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughan as the fu manchu-ed drug kingpin. Starsky's red stiped Gran Torino is used to comic effect here. Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller employ their generic personas very effectivelyl (i.e. laid back amoral California dude, uptight stupid Jewish dude who takes himself WAY too seriously).
I watched this with my teenaged nephew, who loved it. It's a good suggestion for guys who are looking for something funny to watch with their male kids that's edgy enough to be cool, but ultimately harmless. Look out for original TV pair Paul Michael Glazer and David Soul at the end. On the depressing side, they look like old grandpas, but are still in good shape, and seem to be having fun.
The story sometimes feels like its a bit flimsy and it certainly doesn't provide much action or the man-childedness of Hot Fuzz. But it benefits from chemistry between Stiller and Wilson and it did make me laugh.
Starsky & Hutch Quotes
|Kitty:||Don't stress. Just relax.|
|Reese Feldman:||I don't understand man, I don't understand. You can lose keys, ya know, you can lose your wallet. How... how do you lose a plane?|
|Terrence Meyers:||Reese, come on. What do you want me to do? You got three out of four planes in. That's still a lot of coke.|
|Reese Feldman:||Now, see that? That's the kind of winning attitude that's gonna take this enterprise straight to the top.|
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