Starsky & Hutch

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Snoop Dogg, Fred Williamson, Juliette Lewis, Jason Bateman, Amy Smart, Carmen Electra, Will Ferrell
Written By: John O’Brien (screenplay), Todd Phillips (screenplay) & Scot Armstrong (screenplay)
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Studio: Warner Brothers
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Remake of the 1970’s TV series, revolving around two different kinds of cops, Ken “” Hutchinson (Owen Wilson) and Dave Starsky (Ben Stiller). Based in Bay City, Starsky and Hutch are brought together for their first case to help track and stop a drug dealer (Vince Vaughn.) Directed by Todd Phillips (Old School, Road Trip,) delivers a very funny 70s funkadelic comedy.

Dave Starsky was always having a problem keeping his partners. Hutch always had a problem of not being serious, and just going with the flow. Despite being two totally different police officers, Capt. Dobey assigns them to work a new case involving a dead body and some drugs. With the help of a street informer/pimp daddy played with funky style by Snoop Dogg. Oh, and by the way, drop the fa shizzle ma nizzle shit. It’s friggin annoying! Loaded with a great cast, Starsky and Hutch plays out just like a great cop action story but with a helluva lot more comedy. Stiller and Wilson play their characters well and their comedic chemistry is very good. Stiller plays Starksy like a tight ass, by-the book guy, which makes you kind of hate him. Wilson is my favorite character in the movie because he’s so laid back and isn’t very rules-conscience. Hanging out with Pimps, and jewel thiefs, Hutch sometimes wavers from good to sort of crooked. But it’s funny so it’s all good. Vince Vaughn plays the drug lord who always plays an awesome bad guy alongside Jason Bateman who all of sudden is all over the place. After being nowhere for years he has popped up on Fox’s great TV Show, Arrested Development, and Dodgeball The Movie. Bateman plays the associate/financial advisor to Vince Vaughn’s character. Some of the funniest scenes involve the cameo’s and bit parts like Will Ferrell as “Big Earl” and Carmen Electra and Amy Smart playing two very hot Cheerleaders. Even a cameo by the Original Starsky and Hutch provide a laugh.

The extras are good despite being pretty slim in length. First off, an audio commentary by Director-Writer Todd Phillips gives you some extra insight into the film. Also check out the gag reel and deleted scenes. The deleted scenes were good because it showed some extended character development and a few more laughs. Some I think could have been added back into the film. Snoop Dogg has his own brief featurette on his clothing in the film descriping each outfit and giving his opinion on them. Not very interesting really. Unless you love Pimp’s clothing from the 70s. The Documentary “Last Look” was funny because everyone working on the film had you thinking Todd Phillips was a jerk and awful to work for. This made it a different approach to the usual documentaries you see out there. Despite some cool featurettes and deleted scenes, there weren’t that many things in the special features section.

Overall, the film was pretty good. I laughed a few times out loud. I don’t think it was one of the best comedies this year but was definitely entertaining.

– Gag Reel n- Deleted Scenes
– Fashion Fa Shizzle Wit Huggy Bizzle (Fashion Insights With Snoop Dogg)
– Last LookMakingn-Of Mockumentary
– Commentary By Director/Con-Writer Todd Phillips
– Theatrical Trailer

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: Biker Bar, Big Earl in Prison, “Do It,” Any scene with Carmen Electra, Amy Smart and Brande Roderick.
Rating: PG-13 Rated
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