Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
Starsky & Hutch
They're the man.
Join uptight David Starsky and laid-back Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson as they're paired for the first time as undercover cops. The new partners must overcome their differences to solve an important case with help from street informant Huggy Bear and persuasive criminal Reese Feldman.
As a man who actually remembers the original television series starring David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser, it pains me to say that Todd Phillips got most of the feel of this film right. Turning it into an action comedy took a little of the shine off it for me, but when the laughs come they're pretty good despite the presence of Owen Wilson and the terminally unfunny Vince Vaughn.
Keeping the seventies setting was a good idea. It gave both Stiller and Wilson the chance to rock those seventies outfits and also let Snoop Dogg wear his own clothes as pimp-daddy Huggy Bear. Giving us an origin story of Starsky and Hutch getting together also set the scene for…
An entertaining comedy 'adaptation' of the 70s TV show, stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the title cops. Both leads are in on the joke and have fantastic chemistry. Supporting roles are filled out by an interesting mixture of actors and non actors, highlighted by Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear. There are some great action set pieces, some over-the-top 70s flair and many memorable lines and scenes. This film had no business being any good, but director Todd Phillips and the cast make it much more than just a time filler. Remember, Corky regenerates; It's a defense mechanism.
Previously thinking that good cop comedies already have died out I have to admit 'Starsky & Hutch' was a pretty amusing ride in this red-and-white Ford Torino. Although not reinveting the wheel, it surprised me with great chemistry between Stiller and Wilson, making fun of its own genre and over the top moments that were pleasantly tame and civil compared to other comedy productions which simply fail to make me laugh. Starsky and Hutch however succeeded in that for the most part, so I'd gladly put a donut on its tombstone.
Cop-Komödien gehören eigentlich einem Genre an, dem ich mittlerweile schon fast jede Art des Humors abgesprochen hätte, doch erstaunlicherweise hat mir 'Starsky & Hutch' einen recht unterhaltsamen Abend bereitet.…
Anyone old enough to remember the seventies tv show would know that although the series had some humour it was not a comedy. Sure every episode there would be something funny but it was essentially a cop show.
Todd Phillips decided it would be great as a comedy and cast two well known comedy actors and threw in Snoop Dog for good measure and it worked. Vince Vaughn gives his usual comedic touch to proceedings in a well worked and often very funny film. Will Ferrell's cameo was hilarious and although the plot was nonsense the two leads captured the seventies look and feel brilliantly. The real star of the tv show was that Gran Torino and it still gave me goosebumps when it roared onto screen. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson give Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul a run for their money as the titular heroes and that car took me back to my childhood.
I used to love this one as a kid, so it's a shame how this rewatch reveals how much of an empty film it is. It's never really laugh-out-loud funny, the character development is clunky and predictable, none of the set-pieces really stand out and all of the supporting characters barely make an impression, apart from Vince Vaughn's villain.
The two leads, however, share some great chemistry. I'm no fan of either actor, but they both make this a pleasant viewing, albeit a forgettable one.
Todd Phillips has a filmography of mediocre, but somehow he made this gem.
Loads of fun, much underrated, and the 70's styling is a refreshing change, giving the film an ageless feel.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson make for a formidable comic duo, and while there’s much fun to be had at lampooning the 70’s and the TV show from which this movie draws its material, it’s held back from greatness by an inconsistent script and average direction.
Overall Rating: ★★★
wish i had some pretzels.
This remake starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson was okay. THe issue was Huggy Bear for me.
Inspired by the buddy cop thriller TV show from the 70, this kind of revival brings up pure gold nostalgia into your eyes and ears through the music and the Roarrr of that that incredible bright red and white striped 1975 Gran Torino.
Now, Stiller and Wilson are taking it on far less serious level than their respected original characters Paul Glaser and David Soul but instead of loud laughs you will probably just add smiles one after another. Again, those two are supported by just weak gags and a sloppy scenario.
Besides the great car(s), the superb classic outfits (Starky’s pull over for instance), the big asset of this movie is the presence of Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear: it’s a perfect match! But’s that’s all folks!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
Just as I expected!
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