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Starsky and Hutch

movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Starsky and Hutch

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson
Director: Todd Phillips
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 100 Minutes
Release Date: March 2004
Genres: Action, Comedy

*Also starring: Snoop Doggy Dogg, Vince Vaughn, Fred Williamson, Chris Penn, Terry Crews, Richard Edson, Raymond Ma, David Pressman, Amy Smart, Carmen Electra, Brande Roderick

Review by Susan Granger
3 stars out of 4

Back in the mid-'70s, Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul became iconic TV heroes as rogue buddy cops, particularly in their association with a street-wise informant played by Antonio Fargas, better known as Huggy Bear. Now, these popular personas are re-invented, although Starsky's beloved red-and-white Ford Gran Torino (a.k.a.: The Red Tomato) stays the same.

Ben Stiller plays uptight David Starsky, whose mother was a legend on the Bay City police force. Owen Wilson is laid-back Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, whose sly underworld association with Huggy Bear (ultra cool rapper/actor Snoop Dog) is dubious at best. Unable to deal with either detective separately, their Captain (Fred Williamson) pairs them up and lets them loose on a high-stakes case, involving smuggling and murder. Vince Vaughn is a ruthless drug dealer who has learned how to make cocaine undetectable by taste or smell. But the plot is just a foundation on which to build the comedic relationship, which develops gradually as the concept evolves.

As directed by Todd Phillips ("Road Trip," "Old School"), it's the good, the bad, the goofy and the groovy with a satirical screenplay by John O'Brien, Todd Phipps & Scot Armstrong, based on a story by Stevie Long and John O'Brien. Since Stiller and Wilson worked together in "The Cable Guy," "Meet the Parents," "The Royal Tennenbaums" and "Zoolander," their cool, odd-couple chemistry clicks. It's double the fun, double the laughs, whether they're undercover in Big Earl's Biker Bar or posing as mimes at a Bat Mitzvah. Plus, Stiller dances, Wilson sings, and Will Ferrell, Juliette Lewis, Amy Smart and Carmen Electra cavort. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Starsky & Hutch" is a feisty, fun-filled 7. It's an easy, breezy romp of a movie.

Copyright 2004 Susan Granger

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