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.
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.
whatever happened to these type of movies? when i think back on the late 80s and 90s, there are a ton of buddy/action movies. now they've all but disappeared. i suppose they comfortably existed in the middle ground of independents and blockbusters that has now been swallowed up.
i was really into this at first. it had a nice noir feel to the way the story unfolded, and it was well shot, which added a little gravitas to the comedic vibe. for instance, i loved the dramatic lighting during the football scenes. willis and wayans have good chemistry, and it sort of feels like die hard 2.5.
but about an hour into it, once darian (sp?) comes into the picture…
An often over-looked update on the noir genre (honestly, I'm just kind of sick of saying neo-noir over and over again, so I'm going to just call them all noir now). Armed with an appropriate self-awareness, brutal violence, and a chain-smoking, fast-talking, Marlowe-esque Bruce Willis, Tony Scott and Co. created one of the best 90's noirs out there. Required viewing for fans of the genre.
The opening football scene requires a ton of suspension of disbelief, but otherwise this is a really solid '90s action flick. It has some good laughs too thanks to the eccentric partnership between Damon Wayans and Bruce Willis.
Bruce Willis disparando y puteando a medio mundo mientras intenta arreglar su vida ¿Como eso puede ser malo?
...The Last Boy Scout for a while now. Two great neo-noir, action movies that go great together. Especially since this was inspired by the other. Good stuff.
Lower-tier, but still fun Tony Scott/Shane Black combo. Holds up mighty well. Especially in light of Willis' far worse career decisions
"This being the 90's you can't just walk up to a guy and smack him in the face. You gotta say something cool first"--It ain't no masterpiece, but one of my favorite action movies for sure. It's dark, gritty, and yet there's a certain fantastic, nihilistic humor present in the two main characters (who act like complete assholes) that gets me everytime. Great script. Really great dialog. Very watchable, very quotable.
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- Near Dark
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- The Fog
- Escape from New York
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