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.
Endlessly watchable and one of my favs for 20+ years.
See if you can match the "Reindeer goat cheese pizza" line to another Willis movie around the same time--likely ad-libbed from one or the other.
Full review at: fanboynation.com/the-last-boy-scout-1991/
The film opens with a shocking and memorable sequence. After the opening credits roll to a Hank Williams, Jr.-esque Monday Night Football theme, the film takes us to that evening’s game. Scott uses buckets of rain from the sky and blue filters to give the setting a highly stylized look, one that is imitated in a Key & Peele football sketch this year. Then a running back takes the ball on the next play. After a couple of evasive moves, the running back pulls a handgun and begins shooting his opposition. He then remove his helmet, says, “Ain’t life a bitch?” right before blowing his brains out. It’s really one of the great opening sequences of ‘90s…
I find it very amusing that Warner Bros paid Shane Black a record $1.75 million to rip-off his own Lethal Weapon script. Buddy cop movie? Check. It pairs a white guy with a black guy? Check. The white guy is a mess, but the black guy has his s--t together? Check. The daughter of the hero gets kidnapped? Check. It's set on Christmas? Check. This movie has no shame. Thankfully, it's directed by Tony Scott and he tried to turn lemon into lemonade. And for the most part, he succeeded. At best, The Last Boy Scout is fun to watch and stars Bruce Willis when he was still in his prime. At worst... it's tolerable.
Supplemental information first written 2011 -- I was just beginning out reviewing films
Bruce Willis as [Joe Cornelius Hallenbeck] is an highly trained ex bodyguard for president of the United States of America but however now on to the present day, he is struggling to deal with this life as detective and body guard for hire, his demeanor is of someone who is very much alive outside but however in the inside very much dead, Bruce Willis as [Joe Cornelius Hallenbeck] receives this job to protect adult entertainer but however something goes wrong under his protection.
Damon Wayans as [James "Jimmy" Alexander Dix] is an ex American football quarterback. Who is on a destructive path towards nowhere with a pendulum…
Seen in a test print that apparently had some differences from the final version, most notably music and missing end credits, but reportedly some scenes as well. I'd never seen it, so I can't comment beyond what I've been told, but it didn't look color timed either.
Saw it at special screening in which we watched a 35 mm workprint that had been made for test audiences. It was unrated, it had different music scenes and slightly different scenes.
Shane Black wrote a great parody of the movies he had been making in the 80s. It has his great filthy snappy dialogue. Black knew how to make great modern noir dialogue.
Toni Scott was at the top of his game at this moment. He a great filmmaking eye. Especially the opening scene in which he shoots a great rain scene that would have made Hitchcock proud. The great car chase down the hollywood hills is another great scene.
Willis and Wayans have great chemistry. I love that Wayans character is a football player, but he doesn't have to make a football pun all the time.
I also love the soundtrack, with the 80s saxophone you heard in this type of movie during this time
First time watch. How is that possible? I love the all Wayanses. It shouldn't have taken me over 20 years to see this picture.
I am impressed at the lengths Shane Black goes to out grim himself with each turn of the story. The rough condition of the surviving characters personal lives at the end is particularly something.
A good movie featuring Bruce Willis in a familiar role, the movie features a gripping story and builds at a good pace, the characters develop well over the movie, the chemistry between Willis and Wayans builds through the movie to the feel good climax.
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