That 70's Show
Starsky & Hutch
Review by Ross Anthony

What a cast! Owen Wilson (who is always entertaining), Ben Stiller (seldom dull) Vince Vaughn, and Snoop Dogg (does a great job as Huggy Bear). Stiller and Wilson ride a different vibe than David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser (the original stars of the 70's show, btw, they cameo). While it's never plain bad, the film is not really plain good, and very seldom plain funny. (Mildly amusing fits.) Though there is this one hands-down-hilarious scene where a small Korean boy defends his father with kitchen steak knives. It comes out of nowhere and cracks up the audience like no other sequence before it or after it.

Those in the know will also enjoy Wilson singing Hutch's pop hit song, "Don't Give up on Us Baby." David Soul recorded it in the 70's. Great to see that famous Gran Torino back in action. I have to admit, I used to pretend to be Starsky when I was nine, and my best bud (the blonde), he was Hutch. But, I'm not nine anymore, and this picture was probably as good as the TV series was -- a solid B.

  • Starsky & Hutch. Copyright © 2004. PG13. 100 minutes.
  • Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Juliette Lewis, Snoop Dogg, red Williamson, Carmen Electra, Amy Smart.
  • Directed by Todd Phillips.
  • Screenplay by John O'Brien, Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong.
  • Produced by William Blinn, Stuart Cornfeld, Akiva Goldsman, Tony Ludwig, Alan Riche at Warner Bros./Warner Bros. Pictures/Dimension /Riche-Ludwig/Weed Road/Red Hour.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

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