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Starsky And Hutch (2004)

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Original Title : Starsky & Hutch
Director : Todd Phillips
Writer : William Blinn
Stevie Long
John O'Brien (XV)
John O'Brien (XV)
Todd Phillips (I)
Scot Armstrong
Genre : Action
Comedy/Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Gilbert Adler , William Blinn , Scott Budnick , Stuart Cornfeld , Akiva Goldsman , Tony Ludwig , Alan Riche , David Siegel (II) , Ben Stiller
Music : Theodore Shapiro
Photography : Barry Peterson (I)
Distributor : Buena Vista Home Entertainment [br]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13
IMDB ID : 0335438
Official site : http://starskyandhutchmovie.warnerbros.com/?fromtout=movies_a4#
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Starring

Ben Stiller David Starsky
Owen Wilson Ken Hutchinson
Snoop Dogg Huggy Bear
Fred Williamson Captain Doby
Vince Vaughn Reese Feldman
Juliette Lewis Kitty
Jason Bateman Kevin
Amy Smart Holly
Carmen Electra Staci
George Cheung Chau (as George Kee Cheung
Chris Penn I
Brande Roderick Heather
Molly Sims Mrs. Feldman
Matt Walsh I
G.T. Holme Bartender
Jeffrey Lorenzo Willis
Har Mar Superstar Dancin' Rick
Patton Oswalt Disco DJ
Brigette Romanek Banquet Singer
Paul Michael Glaser Original Starsky
David Soul Original Hutch
Dan Finnerty II
Jernard Burks Leon
Omar J. Dorsey Lamell (as Omar Dorsey
Pramod Kumar I
Rod Tate Bee Bee
Richard Edson Monix
Raymond Ma Marks
Terry Crews I
Richie Nathanson Drug Dealer
David Pressman I
Scott L. Schwartz Fat Ron
Judah Friedlander Ice Cream Man
Akerin Suksawat Premwattana Toby
Amber Mead Banquet Waitress
The Bishop Don Magic Juan Himself (as Archbishop Don 'Magic' Juan
Darlena Tejeiro Lorraine
Harry O'Reilly Cop in shower
Tangie Ambrose Kiki
Sara Swain Elizabeth
Delores Gilbeaux Sexy Bartender
Kimberly Brickland Diner Waitress
Minnie Lagrimas Mrs. Feldman's Friend
Rachael Harris I
David Burton II
Larry Chang Laundry Owner
Ton Suckhasem Bookie
Henry T. Yamada Bookie
Charles Edward Townsend Smokey
Nancy Anderson II
Jason Yribar Nightclub Dancer
Keith Diorio Nightclub Dancer
Katie Pantenburg Nightclub Dancer
Timothy Anderson II
Kimberly Wyatt Nightclub Dancer
Kristyn Abbadini Nightclub Dancer
Kevin Alexander Stea Nightclub Dancer
Adrian Armas Nightclub Dancer
Gabriel Paige Nightclub Dancer
Tara Wilson II
Brittany Perry-Russell Nightclub Dancer
Tanee McCall Nightclub Dancer
Nadine Ellis Nightclub Dancer
Chad Azadan Nightclub Dancer
Jason Beitel Nightclub Dancer
Brandon Henschel Nightclub Dancer
Mark Meismer Nightclub Dancer
Matt Sergott Nightclub Dancer
Lisa Joann Thompson Nightclub Dancer
Christian Vincent II
Natalie Willes Nightclub Dancer
Stacey Harper I
Gelsey Weiss Cheerleader
Tasha Tae Cheerleader
Becca Sweitzer Cheerleader
Jennifer Hamilton I
Vanessa Tarazona Cheerleader
Janina Garraway Cheerleader (as Janina N. Garraway
Kadee Sweeney Cheerleader
Melanie Lewis II
Megan Stephens Cheerleader
Michon Suyama Cheerleader
Tomasina Parrott Cheerleader
Will Ferrell Big Earl (uncredited
Kathleen LaGue Mrs. Feldman's friend (uncredited
 

Plot

Set in the 1970s in a metropolis called "Bay City," this is the tale of two police detective partners, Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (Wilson), and Dave Starsky (Stiller), who always seem to get the toughest cases from their boss, Captain Dobey, rely on omniscient street informer Huggy Bear (Dogg) and race to the scene of the crimes in their souped-up 1974 Ford Torino hot rod, telling the story of their first big case (as a prequel to the TV show), which involved a former college campus drug dealer (Vaughn) who went on to become a white collar criminal (Electra plays Hutch's girlfriend).
 

Comments

It's the 1970s, and Bay City is about to be deluged with `new coke,' a powerful new strain of undetectable cocaine that evil mastermind Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughn) is ready to sell to the highest bidder. On his trail are devoted cops, David Starsky (Ben Stiller), and his laconic partner, Ken `Hutch' Hutchinson (Owen Wilson). Two mismatched detectives who don't get along, Starsky and Hutch try to find a middle ground in dealing with each other's work ethic so they can bring Feldman to justice. Armed with their trusty informant, Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg, playing very Snoop-like), the team attempts to infiltrate Feldman's world, using clues, witnesses (Will Ferrell, Carmen Electra, and Amy Smart), dance contests, and the sheer power of their skills to stop the shipments of this dangerous cocaine (which tastes like coffee sweetener) from ever hitting their beloved city. One of many things to celebrate in the film version of the 1970s television show, `Starsky & Hutch,' is that this is not an ugly parody. Sure, the era gets ribbed exhaustively (cocaine, discos, permed hair), along with the timeless standards of the show (Starsky's collar-always-up jackets, ludicrous car and people stunts), but director Todd Phillips never nurtures mean-spiritedness, and generally avoids explicitly pointing the jokes out. Parody is easy and artistically economical (`Down with Love,' and the atrocious `Lost Skeleton of Cadavra'), and while `Hutch' is a comedy, Phillips has made the choice to form a full-fledged tribute to the legendary show rather than simply making fun of it. And his film is a blast of comedy and cop-show-love that makes it one of the better pictures of the still-youthful year. Fans of the television series are bound to get more out of `Hutch' than the casual viewer. Icons like Huggy Bear, the thunderous Ford Torino, and Hutch's thick head of hair are not the stuff on the cultural radar these days. Phillips plays off that well, turning his `Hutch' into as much of a comedy as it is an episode of the show. Of course, the elements are heightened for the comedic twists (you gotta love how those clues keep falling into their laps), but armed with zooms, a funky soundtrack, and that striped tomato, and Phillips has come dangerously close to resurrecting the actual texture of the show, which silences the instances of direct lampoon that the film sporadically aims for. In what marks their 6th time working together, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson already have a proven chemistry that can't be beat. `Hutch' benefits from the easygoing interplay of the two leads, as well as their remarkable resemblance to their television counterparts, Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul. After schlubbing through endless comedies recently (all which have been funny to a certain degree), it's great to see Stiller in a more confident role. Playing the helplessly idealistic cop Starsky, Stiller has fun with the fashions and the hair of the character, and plays new comedic ideas perfectly, including the character's embarrassment at being the son of Bay City's most celebrated cop: his mother. Stiller interacts effortlessly with Wilson's already worn out `no worries' acting routine, but it's clear that armed with a great script, Wilson can be something more than repetitive and obnoxious. Emphasizing Hutch's sexual prowess, along with his singing (he performs David Soul's 1977 hit, `Don't Give Up On Us Baby'), Wilson fits snuggly with the role. And what more can be said of Vince Vaughn? Perfectly cast as the bad guy, Vaughn's ability to be both oily and hilarious is used to perfection in `Hutch.' He's a film highlight who doesn't get the spotlight, but steals every scene he's in. For those fans expecting another `Old School' level of comedy, `Hutch' might come as a slight disappointment. While there are fields of jokes as far as the eye can see, `Hutch' isn't a barn-burner like `Old School,' or even Phillips's other comedy creation, `Road Trip.' The new film is more big-time entertainment (at more than double the budget of `Old School'), and leaps less when it comes to diving for the big gags. There's no doubt that `Hutch' contains some of the biggest laughs you're likely to find all year, including classic material such as the two cops fending off a knife attack brought on by a 12 year-old boy, and the return of Dan Finnerty and his Dan Band as lascivious bat mitzvah entertainment. But `Hutch' isn't the quite the comedy free-for-all that `Old School' was, which might disappoint the younger crowd. Todd Phillips has become one of the leading young comedic directors of late with his sensational timing and clarity of style, and `Hutch' continues his steamrolling success even when faced with a suffocating budget and huge stars to contend with. `Hutch' may not be as wet-the-pants funny as Phillips's earlier films, but it triumphs where it counts the most: laughs and source material love, and never degrades into a self-referential muddle. That's an enviable achievement. ---- 10/10
 
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