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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.
"Water's wet, the sky is blue, women have secrets. Who gives a fuck?
I fucking love this film more and more every time I see it. An early 90's, hard nosed, action comedy in the style of 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon that see's everyone involved at the absolute top of their game. It was the start of a superb three film run from director Tony Scott, writer Shane Black had just done the afore mentioned Lethal Weapon and it's sequel, while star Bruce Willis had just come through a bit of a rough patch to turn in what is one of my favourite Willis performances.
Willis stars as Joe Hellenbeck, a former secret service agent who once…
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[Weirdly I would have preferred a more straight Football Noir from Tony Scott, rather than a hyperverbal buddy non-cop fiesta of damaged-later-restored patriarchal authority. The opening sequence is pretty amazing and I was hoping that would be the mystery that was solved, rather than involved Californian Collusion/Corruption re: Legalized Gambling, but in general it worked out ok. Lots and lots of stuff hasn't aged especially well at all because it was never cool to begin with (casual homophobia, fat jokes, retrograde or worse relationship interactions, etc), but what has is glorious…
"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…
"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…
Mean as fuck, but my boy Tony Scott's directing and Shane Black's unique voice keep it alive.
This movie was so exactly what I was feelin it made me wanna dance a jig.
Prollige, 80er-jahre-Oneliner-Dudebro-Actioncomedy! Von ´91, ich weiß...
"Fast forward eats the tape."
I really like Tony Scott but I'm glad Shane Black started directing his own scripts. Scott didn't quite get the playfulness right.
This is on Amazon's streaming gimmick so I had to watch it. The best non-Die Hard Bruce Willis flick. Great action, typical out of touch Willis and buddy comedy action. On point action direction from our kid (Big Tone Scott) and even the soundtrack is good. Ludicrous car chases, insane bad guy, expositions, Shane Black script. If you've not seen it you need to.
Ostensibly your typical Lethal Weapon/Die Hard action comedy film, but considering Shane Black is the screenwriter there’s a little more too it. The film begins with the most all-american, freedom loving rendition of an opening theme for a Friday night football game. Think Carrie Underwood’s awful “waiting all day for Sunday night” only with a little more rock n roll twang, men in uncle sam hats and as many scantily clad cheerleaders as you can find. Humorously, the football game itself is drenched in darkness as buckets of rain engulf the field while a bunch of roided-up man beasts attempt to injure each other. There’s a hint of corruption from a mysterious phone call, before everything escalates to the point…
Shane Black's self-gratifying self-loathing grates such that for every "Nobody likes you. Everybody hates you. You're gonna lose. Smile, you fuck" there's the reinstatement of Willis' authority. The thing that rescues The Last Boy Scout is Scott's ambivalence to these kinds of figures which results in a necessarily unfixed and contradictory film. Scott uses Black's script to chip away at the characters (tbh even their cool-dude loser awareness is never framed as redeeming much less cool), but then things like the film's patriotism via flashbacks is treated as real serious business, which stands out given its gleeful contempt for everything else it touches on. I was watching this with my girlfriend and a few minutes in she expressed concern that…
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