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:: Starsky And Hutch

In recent times, Hollywood studios have been churning out increasing amounts of old tv series adapted into movie form, in an attempt to sell audiences their own childhood memories back to them. Results of this fairly mercenary trend have been mixed – for example, Charlies Angels was a lot of fun, but Thunderbirds was pitiful. Starsky and Hutch is somewhere in between these two.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the title characters, and a number of the supporting cast will be familiar to viewers of Dodgeball and Zoolander. Vince Vaughan, looking who is looking much older since his glory days opposite Jon Favreau in Swingers, turns in a decent performance as an unbalanced drug kingpin with an undetectable variant of cocaine. Watching him groove along to the stylings of a sleazy lounge singer he has hired to perform at his own daughters Bat Mitzvah is quite discomforting.

The film features a number of in-jokes and cameos from the original series, and the homoerotica that underlies so many cop shows and action movies is played very effectively for laughs. Snoop Dogg obviously pushed to have Huggy Bear made into a more formidable character than in the series – and the ‘Luxembourg’ speech his flunkies give Starsky and Hutch is probably the most amusing unexpected lecture since Alice Cooper educated Wayne and Garth on the wonders of Milwaukee in Wayne’s World.

Ultimately, Starsky and Hutch is an enjoyable enough time-killer, but nothing special.

DVD Extras

- Audio Commentary 1. Todd Phillips Director
- Featurettes 1. “Last Look Special” (Spoof on ‘behind-the-scenes’ featurettes)
- 2. “Fashion Fa Shizzle Wit Huggy Bizzle”
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes
- Trailers 1. Theatrical Trailer

Interactive Features
- Easter Eggs 1. “Vince's Bit for the Kids”