Starsky & Hutch

2004

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

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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.

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Starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the title roles, this kitschy tongue-in cheek action comedy is based on the popular 1970s cop show of the same name. Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (Wilson) and Dave Starsky (Stiller) 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 (Snoop Dogg). While investigating their latest case, the duo realize that the culprit is none other than Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughn), the criminal involved in their first bust. Starsky & Hutch also features appearance by Juliette Lewis, Will Ferrell, and Matt Walsh, who, along with Snoop Dogg and Vaughn, all had roles in director Todd Phillips' last film, Old School.

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Cast

Ben Stiller
as David Starsky
Owen Wilson
as Ken Hutchinson
Snoop Dogg
as Huggy Bear
Fred Williamson
as Capt. Doby
Vince Vaughn
as Reese Feldman
Amy Smart
as Holly
Chris Penn
as Manetti
Molly Sims
as Mrs. Feldman
Will Ferrell
as Big Earl (uncredited)
G.T. Holme
as Bartender
Har Mar Superstar
as Dancin' Rick
Patton Oswalt
as Disco DJ
Brigette Romanek
as Banquet Singer
Dan Finnerty
as Bat Mitzvah Singer
Pramod Kumar
as Indian Shopkeeper
Rod Tate
as Bee Bee
Richie Nathanson
as Drug Dealer
David Pressman
as Terrence Meyers
Judah Friedlander
as Ice Cream Man
Amber Mead
as Banquet Waitress
Harry O'Reilly
as Cop in Shower
Sara Swain
as Elizabeth
Delores Gilbeaux
as Sexy Bartender
Kimberly Brickland
as Diner Waitress
Minnie Lagrimas
as Mrs. Feldman's Friend
Rachael Harris
as Mrs. Feldman's Other Friend
David Burton
as Rooftop Bad Guy
Larry Chang
as Laundry Owner
Ton Suckhasem
as Bookie No. 1
Henry T. Yamada
as Bookie No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Starsky & Hutch

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (44)

Snoop Dogg, as a superfly snitch, and Vince Vaughn, as a drug lord, are wasted in obvious supporting roles. It's harmless fun--and too lazy to be more.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Newsweek
Top Critic

Too amiable to cook up anything truly memorable...

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Stiller and Wilson look bewildered.

Aug 7, 2004

A sterling supporting cast -- down to the tiniest bit parts -- provides enough astringent intelligence to make the slobbering sentimentality go down with ease.

Mar 18, 2004 | Full Review…
Observer
Top Critic

Moves slowly and without much grace; it tries to jiggle laughs out of us instead of letting them flow freely.

Mar 16, 2004

There is a comic-book devouring, Playboy-stashing adolescent male heart thumping rather sweetly at the core of this homage-spoof.

Mar 11, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Starsky & Hutch

½

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.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Josh Morris
Josh Morris

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

Starsky & Hutch is a fairly decent comedy with nothing too special or memorable going for it. The film loses its fire after a few repeated viewing, but for what it is, Starsky & Hutch is a fun comedy. I enjoyed this film even though it's nothing remarkable. The comedy is good, but never quite excellent. There are quite a few good laughs in this film, and there's a few laugh out loud moments, but it never becomes real good for that matter. The film is decent and manages to be entertaining, but the film is one that you can watch only a few times, and forget about it. For what it is, Starsky &Hutch can be seen as a guilty pleasure almost. There are a few very funny moments in the film, but the film could have been done better than it is. This is a fun film to watch, with plenty of mindless humor to enjoy, just forget the TV show, and you might like it. I did, but after a while, the film got old and I didn't enjoy it as much. Will Farrell's cameo is what made the film funny, if only he had more screen time. Starsky & Hutch is a funny film for the most part, but it definitely isn't a strong one at that. The film could have been much better than it is. For mindless comedic fun, Starsky & Hutch is a good view, but for the die-hard fans of the show, they definitely should skip this one as it has barely anything similar to the classic show.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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