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…
"Water's wet. The sky is blue. Women have secrets. Who gives a fuck? You want a beer?"
A truly iconic Bruce Willis performance, a deep love of nasty violence, and some of the most elegantly smarmy dialogue ever make this, in its nihilistic way, one of the most insidiously entertaining (to me anyways) pieces of cinematic misogyny ever. The women are objects in the background, vague symbols of virtue to be earned while the film goes about almost casually dismantling the macho assholes at its mean little core in order to rebuild their "chivalry" a bullet at a time. Their stupid little rituals take a few of those shots too: right from the start a "great night for football" is…
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.
Entretenida y hasta cierto punto espectacular, muy de Tonny Scott. Pero no mucho más.
A big old slice of early 90s action movie cheese.
This movie is just about as formulaic as they come. It rigidly adheres to pretty much any cliche you could think of for a genre film of this era. A hard edged, one liner spewing protagonist with personal issues? Check. A conspiracy that goes all the way to the top? Check. A vaguely Euro main henchman? Check. Blatantly overt misogyny? Check. A buddy cop structure, where the two cops come from different walks of life, and there's an ensuing personality clash, but the two slowly bond and learn to love one another? Check (minus the cop part). Name an action movie trope, and I guarantee you that it's in here…
Listen: while it's clearly no masterpiece, this film is the first film in ten years that I enjoyed enough to watch twice in one day.
"You know, for a dancer, he is one hell of a detective." Shane Black is the Spike to Joss Whedon's Angel. If that metaphor makes sense to you, who knows what you'll think of this film.
RIP Tony Scott, Taylor Negron, Rick Ducommun, and Tony Longo. Watching THE LAST BOYSCOUT to keep the love alive.
The kinetic energy of Tony Scott and the rapid fire dialogue of Shane Black; two fun tastes that taste great together. This early 90s underrated gem is filled with explosive action and snappy dialogue that rarely misses, mostly due to the charismatic double act of Bruce Willis & Damon Wayans. Not the immediate team you'd expect for a buddy action comedy, but they make a compelling pair with genuine conflict and flaws that feel believable despite this rather silly storyline of football players being drugged for the sake of corrupt football agents trying to kill a senator. They ground the film, even in the middle of all this visceral Tony Scott action and convoluted plot details. Shane Black's dialogue of course saves everything.
Ex-Secret Service agent Willis joins forces with ex-pro quarterback Wayans to solve a murder. Watchable actioner starts out promisingly with snappy dialogue and telling character detail, but gets sillier and more gruesome as the body count rises. Even so, the film is a notch above most buddy action films.
If you cut all the one liners out of this movie, I think the only dialogue would be words like "Hi." "Yes." "Why?" There are so many Shane Blackisms here that I was completely exhausted by the end. This is the kind of white cop/black sidekick, one liner-stocked sort of stuff that defined the late 80s and early 90s. a good historical document.
Really enjoyable action movie. Willis and Wayans share great on screen chemistry. Would recommend.
As ugly a portrayal of American culture as your likely to find. I almost hate myself for liking this because of how morally repugnant and contemptuous of its audience it is but I have a feeling that was what Shane Black was going for. Like his other last film Last Action Hero this plays like a deconstruction of the action genre only instead of highlighting the cheesiness and fun that inspire childlike wonder The Last Boy Scout takes a hard look at the deep set nihilism found in many action tropes. Enjoyable as long as you don't mind watching the world burn.
Other than Pulp Fiction, which is my favorite, these are in alphabetical order.
This list is complied from the films mentioned in Jack Lehtonen's Mubi list on vulgar auteurism, the films mentioned in…