If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
The Last Boy Scout
Everyone had counted them out. But they're about to get back in the game.
When the girl that detective Joe Hallenback is protecting gets murdered, the boyfriend of the murdered girl (ex-football player Jimmy Dix) attempts to investigate and solve the case. What they discover is that there is deep seated corruption going on between a crooked politician and the owner of a pro football team.
"This being the 90s, you can't just walk up to a guy and smack him in the face. You gotta say something cool first, you know what I mean?"
Yup, this is a script by the man who made Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It's all here - whipsmart but dickish private detective burdened with amateur sidekick, acidic bromance, noirish mystery, messy relationships with women, female characters with bite who nevertheless amount to damsels in distress, overly loquacious goons who are terrible at their job, perfunctory backstories that end up playing in somehow, a smattering of tender moments tucked underneath all the machismo, someone old and rich pulling the strings, gun hidden in an unlikely place, action set piece on a…
With the exception of John McTiernan, Bruce Willis's most obvious fit with a director would be Tony Scott. Willis's reputation as a major star in the early nineties had been cemented by the Die Hard franchise and although Willis's star potential had been slightly damaged by a few dreadful career moves, Scott jumped at the chance to cast Willis in another of his action films. Teaming Willis with up and coming Damon Wayans in his first really big starring role, this film sizzled with their on screen chemistry and a script full of violence and sarcasm.
The Last Boy Scout sees Willis as a former Secret Service Agent on the down-slope of his marriage and disillusioned with his job as…
In honour of Tony Scott who sadly passed away yesterday, I thought I'd give this film a go.
One question that seems to keep popping up lately is, "Why the hell havn't I seen this film before"?
This movie is a shining example of that.
Written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), Produced by Joel Silver (Die Hard) and Directed by Tony Scott (Beverly Hills Cop 2), The Last Boy Scout is a near perfect early 90's Action flick.
Bruce Willis and Damn Wayans have an effervescent chemistry which is compounded by the snappy dialogue. This is typical "buddy movie" stuff, but the script elevates so it transcends the cliches with a knowing wink and shot to the kneecap. Willis…
"I figure you gotta be the dumbest guy in the world, Joe. You're trying the save the life of the man who ruined your career, and avenge the death of the guy that fucked your wife."
As director/writer combinations go, you probably can't get better than Tony Scott and Shane Black. The master of unbelievably fun action movies and the master of unbelievable snarkiness. Oh, and it stars Bruce Willis. There is absolutely no way this film could fail. And, well, it doesn't.
So while we get some amazing action scenes and car chases and a script that, like everything Black writes, you can pretty much quote from beginning to end, we also get an on-form Damon Wayans as the other part of one of the best buddy-cop (even though neither of them are technically cops) teams in movie history.
And a dancing Bruce Willis. Yes, really.
The casual wanton destruction and being unbothered by massive collateral damage was reminiscent of Bad Boys II, the plot is a goofy progression of Apex Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans continually trapped by bad guys and using unfocused explosions to escape by the skin of their teeth.
The most surprising element is the iconic 'football player pulls a handgun on the field' scene is almost a non-sequitur that has barely anything to do with the movie, likely created solely for the trailer.
A rare breed by today's watered down action formula standards. Everyone involved is in prime form.
Too bad Shane Black hadn't learned to write yet and that Scott still had the stink of Jerry Bruckheimer on him because a pairing of the two could have been absolutely amazing especially with this cast (Bruce McGill in a useless cameo is just the beginning of the heap). Hell even Willis gets a healthy workout for the third Die Hard movie. Thank heavens for Scott he met up with Tarantino after this as True Romance more and more seems like the corrective he needed to push back to the early experimentation he had gone for that are only barely suggested here. There's the occasional shot like a close up on the suicide guy at the beginning or a slowmo…
Part 6 of The Ridley & Tony Scott Project
By far my favorite Tony Scott film, and maybe my favorite Shane Black film as well (close competition with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). I don't care about (American) football (the sport is practically dead in The Netherlands anyway), I'm not a Bruce Willis fan and I usually avoid anything that has a "Wayans" attached to it, but I do quite love The Last Boy Scout. Willis and Damon Wayans make for an awesome duo and their dialogue is the snappiest snappy dialogue that has ever been snapped. Seriously, I'm not surprised this was a record-breaking script in terms of how much it was sold for, because no other writer can write this…
RIP, my Negron. A Wayans, but Blanks too.
Still the perfect acion comedy, with awesome one liners...
- Billy Blanks! Also these were the most Tony Scott opening credits ever.
- A LOT happens in this movie. Every scene seems to have dumb, fun violence. Cool shit.
- Bruce's hangover is LEGENDARY
- Danielle Harris is in this. So damn good.
- This is probably one of Tony Scott's better movies. Which isn't necessarily saying much, but still. Cynical as hell.
watched it in the bathtub i feel amezeng
Ballgate. Deflategate. Whatever. Shane Black's profane, witty script here has more to say about the corruption/ethics of professional football than reality ever could.
I still enjoy it as a nostalgia piece, but it doesn't hold up at all. And Damon Wayans is far worse than I remember.
Shane Black must have the sassiest dreams. And why is Keanu Reeves getting all this aging hype when Damon Wayans looks like he does laps in the fountain of youth? And if you can get past the outrageously stupid beginning of this movie, you'll have a good time. Hope Criterion creates a "Ridiculous Action Comedies of the '90s" collection so Last Boy Scout can be immortalized.
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- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
- Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Fog
- Escape from New York
This list is complied from the films mentioned in Jack Lehtonen's Mubi list on vulgar auteurism, the films mentioned in…
- A Perfect World
- Carlito's Way
- King of New York
- Jackie Brown
- Forever Mine
I'm pretty sure I forgot a dozen titles and don't ask why some films count and others don't (also the…