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½ January 15, 2018
Fun action film that shines when focusing on the crackling chemistry of the lead actors & sharp script, but falters due to uneven direction. Willis & Wayans have fun in their respective and whenever they trade barbs, many due to Shane Black's superb dialogue (a running joke about Wayan's expensive leather pants is a highlight). Black's script does keep the twists coming, and the ultimate villainous plot is intriguing. Unfortunately, it is not handled well by director Tony Scott, who does gives some stylish action sequences but gives the film too many plot holes to follow (Willis's character, Hallenbeck, figures into the plot to conveniently). Plus, Scott downplays the Christmas atmosphere so much (a hallmark on any Shane Black script) that it's not even noticed, and thus you can't even call it a Christmas movie (unlike "Lethal Weapon" or "The Long Kiss Goodnight"). Overall, a fun action film but not the best by either Tony Scott or Shane Black.
October 29, 2017
The two leads are charming and fun, even though its a cliched buddy cop movie.
½ October 21, 2017
While it has an amazing performance by Willis and some great action scenes, the pace is muddled up and the characters are clear-cut from what goes on.
October 14, 2017
Under rated typically 80s/ early 90s buddy film that ticks the usual boxes. Elevated by a funny script, particularly some very amusing one liners, and a good chemistry between the leads.
August 19, 2017
Hilarious and violent! Fantastic dialogue (what else should we expect from Shane Black?) with fun action sequences. Enjoyable for multiple viewings.
Super Reviewer
½ August 4, 2017
Early 90s buddy action comedy that really did not age well. While Scott's style is already similar to his later masterpiece True Lies, the story here is simply not all that interesting with its setting in the football betting milieu and lackluster minor characters. There are some good one liners, but even Willis is far too close to his McClane routine to turn this into something special. Even the action isn't much to write home about. Forgettable.
January 25, 2017
The dialogue alone would be enough to dislike this movie but the acting is subpar as well (especially from Damon Wayans) and the "plot" isn't anything to be impressed by either. I suppose if one likes cheese and action movie cliches its alright, otherwise it will be hard to get through for anyone with any kind of standards.
January 7, 2017
Bring back more movies like they were in the 80's and early 90's !!! Good fight scenes , humour to watch ! Some movies these days goes so fast in fighting scenes that it doesn't matter if you hit another guy with 50 centimeters between it ...the modern technology will fix it ! SOMVIDEO
January 1, 2017
One of the best action movies ever. Every scene is jammed with shit talking.
½ November 8, 2016
Bruce Willis provides the quick wit whilst playing the stereotype dishevelled cop come good. Other than a fleeting appearance from Halle Berry there is nothing else memorable about this slipshod film. Poor plot, poor acting, tedious twists in the storyline and lame villain all make for a terrible early 90s thriller fully resplendent with yo moma so fat jokes, making it particularly easy to date. Dross.
September 18, 2016
Another action movie with the star of this genre Willis.
½ September 11, 2016
Whilst terribly hackneyed and cliched and with a script that sounds like it was written a decade earlier this is one of those guilty pleasures from a director who at least manages to keep things moving fast enough to stop you thinking too deeply about what's on screen. Fun, entertaining nonsense.
September 9, 2016
Private investigator teams with burnt out football player to take down a villainous team owner. It's got all the ingredients for a superb action flick.
½ June 19, 2016
Kinda not that great. Has some of the stupidity of Lethal Weapon but none of the charm.
June 10, 2016
Manly, explosive, violent, fun.
½ May 26, 2016
One of THE defining 90s action movies. Can't explain why this one seems often to be forgotten. Typicals quibs of the time, good action and also one of Willis best action movies after Die Hard.
May 17, 2016
Created with the same recipe as a Lethal Weapon movie (opposing and distinctly different investigative partners, clever one-liners, hot girls, and things blowing up). You've seen it before. It got a little old and felt unoriginal. Rating: 6.5 / 10
Steve Grady
Super Reviewer
May 7, 2016
"The Last Boy Scout" is a good movie but has issues with acting and its script. The plot to "The Last Boy Scout" is that an ex-secret service agent named "Joe Hallenbeck" portrayed by "Bruce Willis" one night gets a job to guard a woman at work named "Cory" portrayed by "Halle Berry". Later on "Hallenbeck" meets "Jimmy Dix" portrayed by "Damon Wayans" who is "Cory's" boyfriend. "Dix" and "Hallenbeck" are brought together when a murder takes place, which affects them both. The movie opens with a football game taking place when ends horribly. The scene is a great, unexpected and a dramatic start to the movie. Throughout the movie it shows "Hallenbeck" and "Dix's" characters become friends in a way, the movie doesn't really show much of a character change other than "Hallenbeck's" alcoholism slowing down and this movie is meant to be a drama which most of the time feels more like an action film then a drama. The movie kind of felt like it had two climaxes; the final climax isn't all that entertaining and after doesn't make sense. "Darian Hallenbeck" portrayed by "Danielle Harris" for the first part gives a dramatic performance but after becomes more of a third wheel. Another issue is the movie's title "The Last Boy Scout" isn't the best due to one reference in the movie. "Bruce Willis" as usual gives his best in a movie but in "The Last Boy Scout" it doesn't feel like he gives his best; throughout most of the film he has more of a calm performance. Whether that's his fault or the director's fault is unknown. The music in this movie is okay, in some scenes it fails to excite but in others it does an amazing job at suspense. The cinematographer "Ward Russell" film's perfectly for suspense and drama, during action sequences he sometimes fails to shoot everything as well as he usually does. If you are a person who enjoys action/drama's then I recommend you watch "The Last Boy Scout" as it has good cinematography, a splendid introduction and okay music. Although the movie is not perfect it has some issues, these being climax not entertaining, script issues and some annoying characters. I give "The Last Boy Scout" a 6/10.
½ April 16, 2016
4/16/2016: A fun and entertaining 90's action flick with a great cast.
February 21, 2016
An underrated fick for sure. Bruce and Mr. Wayne have great screen chemistry. The writing is a little cheesy here and there, but it is a great 90s action film.
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