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Starsky and Hutch - better than the original
Starsky and Hutch: The Movie (DVD)
Member Name: madeindevon
Starsky and Hutch: The Movie (DVD)
Advantages: Entertaining film
Just a little note, to reiterate, this review is my own opinion of a film I have watched and enjoyed, more than once actually. I am not a professional or even a serious film critic, just a Mrs Averagely-Normal who wishes to tell you about this film.
I am in my (ahem) mid 40's and certainly remember the series and the hype that surrounded the programme Starksky and Hutch, back in the 1970's, so when the film got re-made in 2004 I was very keen to watch it.
To be honest, this film is exactly my kind of film, I love the leading actors, I love the comedy and the sillyness and I have watched this film an uncountable amount of times.
Starsky is played by Ben Stiller, he is a comedic actor and in my opinion, one of the best actors in the last ten years - he delivers comedy lines with superb timing, it is my opinion that, to date, this film is his best.
Hutch is played by Owen Wilson, he has a wonderful working relationship with Ben Stiller, they have starred in many films together and their on screen relationship totally compliments each other. Owen Wilsons Hutch is a much better Hutch than David Soul - his laid back approach and lack of discipline - against Ben Stillers Starsky, who is portrayed as an enthusiastic cop, who sticks to the rules makes for a great team.
There is a storyline to this film, Starsky and Hutch get teamed up together for the first time when they come across a dead body, Hutch isn't overly concerned about investigating as they could push the body downstream the river and make it someone elses problem! but enthusiastic Starksky insists they get involved.
This body leads them to a drug smuggling ring, which leads to hilarious scenes where the two men have to visit a motorcycle bar out of town, incognito, they have to interview gorgeous girl cheerleaders and visit a convicted criminal in prison to get further information - the criminal is reluctant to divulge the information that he knows, but manages to coerce Hutch to do something for him in return for the information - this scene had me in literal tears of laughter
As well as Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller, this film also stars Vince Vaughn, Snoop Dogg (as the even cooler Huggy Bear than the original Huggy) Will Ferrell, Carmen Electra - with cameo roles from Paul Micheal Glaser and David Soul.
I thoroughly enjoyed the soundtrack to the film too, Barry Manilows Can't smile without you has now become a song that I cannot hear on the radio without thinking instantly of this film, other songs include , I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You, Dazz, Old Days, Dancing Machine, Keep On Bumpin, The Weight, Folsom Prison Blues, I'm A Ramblin' Man, Afternoon Delight, Chevy Van, Right Back Where We Started From, A Fifth Of Beethoven, That's The Way (I Like It) Use Me, Send In The Clowns, We've Only Just Begun, Easin' In, Cocaine, Cut The Cake, Sweet Emotion, Starsky & Hutch Theme, Don't Give Up On Us
Performed by Owen Wilson, My Friend Toto, Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals, Feel Like Makin' Love, My Eyes Adored You, Love Will Keep Us Together and Jersey Bounce
This film should not be taken seriously, it is a great film, full of fun - great retro memories and styling, if you saw the original Starsky and Hutch, then this is nothing like it... this is fun, that was deep and moody. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson make an amazing team, this film is well worth a watch or two..
Certificate 15, 95 minutes long
Summary: Reto re-make of Starsky and Hutch, funny film