Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn,
Will Ferrell, Carmen Electra, Amy Smart, Juliette Lewis, Fred Williamson
Well, what can you say? It’s your basic Stiller-Wilson-type
comedy—i.e., an enter-with-low-expectations, the-gags-are-usually-more-stupid-than-funny-but-aww-don’t-you-love-those-guys
kind of flick. If you liked Zoolander, you’ll
definitely be a fan of Starsky And Hutch. If you didn’t,
well, its better than anything UPNs got on on a Friday night.
Although the movie is entirely predictable and the characters
are mere repeats of other Stiller and Wilson roles, the two
carry out their pre-packaged personalities so well that at
least we know they’re having fun.
S&H follows the capers of straight-laced David
Starsky (Stiller) and charmingly crooked Ken Hutchinson (Wilson),
two cops who, through their own goof-ups get paired together
by their exasperated chief (Williamson). Stiller’s
and Wilson’s characters must (once again) learn to see
past their differences and band together for a greater purpose.
In this particular film that purpose is battling a Bay City
drug cartel run by Reese Feldman (Vaughn). With his
handlebar mustache, pointed silk lapels, and girlfriend-on-the-side
(Lewis), Vaughn is delightfully sleazy as the crass
drug dealer. If the whole acting thing ever dries up for Vaughn,
he’s definitely got a career as a used-car salesman—that
boy could make sand paper feel like a Jheri curl.
Although the plot is set in the 1970s, it mercifully leaves
the era jokes at a minimum, really only bringing attention
to the period with an eye-rolling disco dance-off featuring
Stiller and a classic ’70s soundtrack (because we all
know you can’t chase a criminal in a Ford Torino without
that wow-chicka-wow-chicka-wow beat urging you on). Most of
the humor stems (or is supposed to, anyway) from Starsky and
Hutch’s conflicted relationship, taking a tip or 20
from “The Odd Couple.” Starsky is the responsible,
anal-retentive guy who goes absolutely nutters when he does
let loose, and Hutch is that worry-free womanizer who, when
you get down to it, really has a heart of gold. *Sigh* What
on earth would Hollywood do without its stock characters?
Oh, that’s right, produce good movies.
Filling out the cast are Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg),
Hutch’s pimped-out street informant; Big Ed (Ferrell),
an alternative-lifestyled inmate with a fetish for dragons;
and Staci and Holly (Electra and Smart), the
cops’ beautiful and thoroughly brilliant love interests.
(Did you catch the sarcasm on the phrase “thoroughly
brilliant”? Oh, cuz it’s there—lots of it.)
Although I was at first skeptical about yet another musician-turned-actor
starring in the film, Snoop Dogg surprised me with a fairly
decent performance. Granted, it wasn’t exactly Shakespeare,
but I give him full props for being able to say things like,
“I lay it out so you can play it out,” with a
straight face. And as far as Ferrell goes, well, it’s
Ferrell—whats not to love? There’s no midnight
streaking in this one (sorry ladies), but I can promise you
that his character in S&H is just as outrageous.
The bad thing about Starsky And Hutch is that I laughed
more at the outtakes than at the movie itself. The good thing
about Starsky And Hutch is that I didn’t really
have any expectations for it anyway. It’s one of those
films you just kind of shrug and say “eh” about.
It’s definitely not a masterpiece, but it didn’t
give me any reason to cry, either. If nothing else, Starsky
And Hutch will make for a good compromise if ever there’s
a stalemate between Torque and Win A Date With Tad
Hamilton! And may God preserve us from that day.
Take a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
Itís worth a full-price ticket.
Itís worth a matinee ticket.
Wait for video rental.
Check out the video from the library, if you must.
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