Thursday, May 06, 2004

Me, my sister, and brother went to watch Starsky & Hutch last night on a whim. We were left alone in the house after our parents left to attend one of their regularly scheduled Parish meeting. What can I say, the movie's a great homage to the original series we watched back when we were kids (we even named our dogs after these guys, unfortunately "Starsky" died when he was still a pup). It might have helped not to expect anything and just allow these two best friends/comedians to surprise us with their brand of humor.

The story's simple, reminiscent of the original TV series and other cops and robbers movie series like Beverly Hills Cop. David Starsky (Ben Stiller) and Ken Hutchinson (Owen Wilson) weren't together at first, they worked on separate cases until their Superior, Captain Doby (Fred Williamson) brought them together as a form of punishment for being wisecracks. The main laughs come from contrast of characters between the two: Starsky is a stiff and uptight cop who does everything by the book while Hutch is a happy-go-lucky guy who does things his way and he does manage to extract information by using his charms and affability. Although they were assigned to investigate the murder of a man found floating at the marina the case blew up to be so much more. It turned out to be a drug related case involving a new kind of heroin that can be hidden from police dogs and a mastermind disguised as a philanthropist Reese Feldman (Vince Vaugn). They engage the services of neighborhood protector Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg) to get information off the street. What follows are a series of capers as the two cops try their best to come up with an evidence to pin their suspect.

The chemistry between the two leads work as well as in their past outings and it seem to show any sign of slowing down soon. Snoop Dogg was also great in this movie being cool and all (much cooler, in fact, than the original Huggy Bear). Although I'm not that much a fan of the 70s, I give exception to this movie with its permed hair, afros, Farrah Fawcett-clones and multi-colored disco dance floors. Because unlike other comedy flicks like Goldmember and Undercover Brother that have stories based on that decade, this movie doesn't revel in it. It doesn't go overboard and overwhelm us with shiny suits and gaudy hair. It's also nice to see David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser do a cameo in a sort of parallel universe kind of way. All in all, Director Todd Phillips did very well in coming up with a tempered movie that isn't campy and brings out the kid in those of us who got to watch the original series. I'm now wondering if there's going to be any plans for the movie version of Miami Vice.

* Travel back in time and acquaint yourself with the original series.

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