Starring: Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Snoop
Dogg , Juliette Lewis and Will Ferrell
Directed by: Todd Phillips
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speaking? Starsky & Hutch is super-sized
hilarity - Stiller and Wilson style! The film's riddled with oodles
of silly stupid gags, and homage to the original TV show, delivered
with campy mayhem by that charismatic duo of Ben Stiller and Owen
Wilson. There wasn't a scene un-seized with their particular formula
of tongue-in-cheek charm.
original 1970' hit show Starksy & Hutch
were a pair of macho in-the-times cops that were not afraid to
man-hug and chase women. Their sideman Huggy Bear, played here
impeccably by Snoop Dogg, always bringing them a solved case -
within the 47 minutes allotted in their slot.
our story goes
David Starsky and Ken Hutchinson (Ben and
Owen) are hot on the trail of a cocaine deal billed as "the
Guinness Book entry" of deals. They throw around their weight,
get a strong lead, and slowly get to the man.
drugringleader is a smarmy fancy suited (Perry Ellis suited) lizard
named Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughn). When Feldman realizes the
guys are on his semi-bellbottomed slacked ass, and after they
crash his daughter's Bah Mitzvah as MIMES, he puts out a hit.
lets face it the plot is Commander McObvious as Cop Show 101,
like the original show - but it makes no attempt to be an Oscar
contender. It's a spoof; a loving gag-on-gag spoof.
cast makes the otherwise stock-joke script not only watchable
but often knee slappingly funny; especially if you knew and liked
the original show. Sure, it's funny on its own, but there are
extra humor treasures for original fans.
Farrell has a small (scene stealing) role as Big Earl. He's a
man-loving seamstress that dabbles in the drug trade. When Starsky
and Hutch interview him for leads we get one of the films funniest
scenes involving Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller indulging "Big
Earls" more homosexual side
There's a grand showings
of Starsky's volatile temper. Hutches goofy laid-back dude appeal
and lots of wildly goofy clothes - that were actually popular
in those dark days. Heck, they even have Starsky wearing the infamous
wool knit sweater and cap which became one of the signatures of
the show. And of course there's the Zebra 3. That white striped
tomato red Ford Taurino! A lug of a car billed, again, as a hot-rod!
Reese Feldman, Vince Vaughn is drenched in permeating Aqua-Velva!
He oddly, really looks the role of the polyester honcho mustached
crime boss. Though, admittedly, even under gold chains and flower
print silk dress shirt (with the vest mind you
) his man
beauty makes you wanna jump upon him like a rabid Rhesus monkey.
Dogg was purrfectly pimpy as Huggy Bear - the informant/entrepreneur.
This guy's acting career should be watched! He's good.
Lewis as his "gal on the side" brings bimbo to a new
level. What can't this little powerhouse of talent do?
film works because of Owen and Ben. These two are a great comedy
duo. When they show up on film together - even when the film is
so-so - their friendly energy is infectious! And Owen looks like
a McHottie in the cargo pants and shaggy doo and Ben is adorable
as the weepy pouting barrel of machismo, Starsky. Watch for their
towel scene - an spoof-o-rama on an actual episode...kinda.
brief cameo by Paul Michael Glaser (the original Starsky) and
David Soul (the original Hutch) is blatant and lets us all know
no one is taking all this serious. It's for laughs- lots of them.
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recommendation: Scrapple of sexy and Fondue.
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