Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson star in Starsky and Hutch, a theatrical and comical version of the 1970's television show. Unfortunately, while the film has its moments, it really never comes together in the desired way.
Stiller stars as Starsky and Wilson as Hutch, two completely opposite officers of the law. Starsky is sort of the laughing stock of the department, as he is such a stickler for the rules that he can only be labeled as a "cop nerd." The only saving grace he really has is a really nice car. Hutch, on the other hand, is a morally insensitive cop who would rather rob banks than protect people. Nonetheless, they are paired up together and put on the case of a cocaine dealer (played by Vince Vaughn), who has developed a drug that is undetectable.
Starsky and Hutch blends comedy and some serious action to mixed results, never really succeeding in either genre. Having never watched the television show, I can only imagine that plenty of jokes flew right over me, but the comedy is still sporadic. Both actors get their chance to flex their muscles from time to time, but the movie relies on 1970's nostalgia a little too much. The movie really needed more jokes to be a keeper.
The movie has its moments, including the sequence where Starsky gets high on crack, but can only be rated as a so-so comedy that falls below expectations for these two comic greats. Of the many Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson comedies, Starsky and Hutch will soon be forgotten.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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