Tuesday 18th January 2022

Starsky & Hutch (15)
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Check out that Seventies groove
Check out that Seventies groove

Comedy duo and real life friends Owen Wilson (Zoolander, Shanghai Knights) and Ben Stiller (Zoolander, There's Something About Mary) deliver once again in this absolutely hilarious spoof-remake of the famous 1970's cop buddy show.

The plot is really secondary to the action and the comedy, but revolves around a new cocaine compound that cannot be detected by conventional police tests. This itself forms one of many 70's references and in-jokes (remember new Coke?) spanning the whole decade and not just the TV show on which the film is based. Stiller plays David Starsky, a by-the-book cop who has had twelve partners in the past four years. Wilson, on the other hand, plays Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, a policeman that will do pretty much anything to avoid getting his hands dirty with any real work.

The two are put together to solve the drug case, and with the help of Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg) and their distinctive Ford Gran Torino, they try to take down crime kingpin Vince Vaughn, who gives one of his best performances since his outstanding turn in Swingers.

From the very outset this film had me in hysterics. It's completely immature, aimed squarely at the male sense of humour and very, very funny. Owen Wilson rarely disappoints in a comedy role and once again he shines in this film, begging the question can every film starring Stiller and Owen be as good as this? Oddly enough, they have no plans to make any more films together as yet, so we may never find out.

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Length: 101 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 19th March 2004

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