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Starsky & Hutch

Just Say No.

A bloated, poorly-written resurrection of the 1970s cop series. I'm dangerously close to being officially 'over' Ben Stiller, and I don't want to be. Director Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School) can't even pilot this overblown ship.

Ben Stiller is detective David Starsky, a classic "cop on the edge" who is paired with detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (Owen Wilson), a cop who's a little too laid back. They immediately begin investigating a dead body they find, and the trail leads them to the wealthy businessman Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughan) who has concocted a special new kind of cocaine that will make him incredibly rich. Starsky and Hutch use their pimp informant Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg) to get the word on the streets.

The jokes all fall flat and there's one scene in particular that really bothers me. As a rule, I absolutely hate comedies (or any other films, for that matter) that try to use drug humor to get laughs and that misrepresent either the way in which the drug is taken or the buzz that the drug produces. Sure, I realize that it's difficult to adequately represent cocaine use in a movie that's geared towards children, but why not just leave it out of the movie instead of trying to use the gag? There's a scene in here in which Stiller puts some cocaine in his coffee by accident and then has more of an acid trip than a cocaine high. Maybe most people won't notice this, but this degenerate film critic certainly does.

I read in the production notes for this movie that the producers used something like seven cars and spent unknown time making sure Starsky's signature car was perfect, just like the car he drove in the series. It's unfortunate that the producers of Starsky and Hutch felt it more necessary to have a perfect car than it was to have an even mediocre script. Even with all of the star power in this movie, it still stinks.

Stars: 1.5 out of 5

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