Join uptight David Starsky and laid-back Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson as they're paired for the first time as undercover cops. The new partners must overcome their differences to solve an important case with help from street informant Huggy Bear and persuasive criminal Reese Feldman.
There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
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Robot Chicken said it - Officers Shoots and Ladders. Not the Starsky and Hutch we grew up with and loved. This should not have shared the same name and shame on the franchise for letting this thing be produced as such. What a miserable failed remake if an inspirational series that killed it - Dead.
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Starsky and Hutch are two mismatched California cops who seek to take down a crime boss with a big drug deal forthcoming.Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, accompanied by assorted members of the usual suspects, wear the clothing familiar to anyone who watched the iconic 1970s buddy cop TV series, drive around in the iconic Ford Torino with red and white paint job, call themselves Starsky and Hutch, and associate with people who call themselves Captain Dobie and Huggy Bear. And they generate a moderate quota of laughs as they do so.What they don't do is capture any element of what made the TV series successful. In particular, while Stiller and Wilson have chemistry, it's nothing like the chemistry between Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul, as is obvious when the originals put in a cameo on screen with their replacements.If you want to see an action comedy, you may well enjoy it. If you want to see a modern updating of Starsky and Hutch, steer clear - because this isn't it.
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Although I was just a kid in the Seventies, I remember Starsky and Hutch. The first fifteen minutes of the movie were outstanding in that the audience really feels that it is the 1970s. There is the romanticism and coolness of the 70s, but there are also real problems going on. Too many nostalgia movies just turn some era into a stereotype and fantasia. In the very beginning, Vince Vaughn plays an extremely psychopathic drug dealer who has no problem killing someone and then going back to getting a massage. The job of being a cop is seen as pretty rough. The 70s was an exciting time, but it was also a time of stressful change. The beginning of the movie is excellent in making one believe that it is actually 1975. There are some hilarious and funny moments in the movie. Stiller plays a really uptight person, tightly wound and a rules freak. I think Starsky was supposed to be college educated. Hutch is less developed, and more like Owen Wilson. Still, Wilson and Stiller are very funny together, as they usually are. The funniest scene was when Stiller accidentally shoots off the tail of an iguana, owned by a local hood played by Snoop Dog. It turns out to not lead to a shootout, because they all determine that iguanas grow their tails back. I also like it when the cops meet at the home of the two drug dealers. Rather than being unsophisticated, Bateman and Vaughn are excellent as portraying themselves as drug dealers masquerading as sophisticated members of San Francisco's gentry. They even talk about the charities they are involved in. I also like how Hutch and Starsky are seen as clowns, treated with disrespect and contempt by their fellow officers. Christopher Penn was excellent as a cop who thinks that Starsky is someone who is an oddball to the unit. This rings "real life", where people often do jobs where there is not much visible reward. The police chief, played by 70s actor Fred Williamson, is very good as someone who is so tired of the duo's antics, but somehow keeps them on because he sees potential in them. There are other things that seem completely overboard and unnecessary. The role by Will Farrell just seems weird and obtuse. The cheerleader openly stripping naked is ridiculous. America is not Norway. Believe me, even in the 70s, America was Puritan. The disco scene seemed a bit ridiculous and overboard. It just seemed to be a sidetrack. So did the scene where they dress up like Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda. That was 1969, not 1975. It was a distraction. In the end it, it was the Grand Prix that changed my vote from a 5 to a 6. Cars were a big deal back then, and the Grand Prix was amazing. I never really got into the original TV show - Starsky and Hutch. I liked that the movie mostly succeeded in showing the 70s as they were, but went too overboard with distractions, as well.
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Starsky and Hutch is a vastly underrated movie. I appreciate the talents of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson when no one else does. I really enjoyed Stiller in Dodgeball and Anchorman both of which also came out in 2004. Owen Wilson has always been one of my favorite comedians.This is a classic ripoff of the 70's TV show. This is another buddy cop comedy and it's a good one. It's about the pairing of two crazy cops who decide to investigate a big drug sting that's due to happen.Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller have great chemistry together. I also though Snoop Dogg is great as Huggy despite my original misgivings. I have to say that Will Ferrell cracked me up the most though.Overall, this is a great movie. I had a good time watching it. I guess most people don't like it cause they compare the TV show and the movie. I rate this film 8/10.