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Starsky and Hutch

Always on the lookout for a big bust. 

Year: 2004 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
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David Starsky (Stiller) and Ken Hutchinson (Owen) are two Bay City police officers, out of favour with their captain (Fred Williamson), who decides to partner them together. The scene where these two men first meet, where Hutch immediately insults Starsky's perm, sets the tone for this comedy caper.

After the discovery of a floating dead body, Starsky and Hutch are soon on their first mission together – on the trail of Reese Feldman, a big-time cocaine dealer who has discovered a form of cocaine that has no taste or smell and is therefore untraceable by police dogs. What follows is a wild goose chase that takes in dodgy disguises, easily-charmed cheerleaders, mind- altering drugs, hilarious dance-offs a dragon-obsessed convict and an "urban informant" with access to next year's cars...

Starsky & Hutch is the latest success in a long line of celluloid conversions of classic TV shows. The most part of this success is down to Stiller and Owen, who star in their sixth film together. They are excellent casting choices as Starsky and Hutch, despite their lack of similarity in appearance to the original TV characters, because of their wonderful on-screen comedy chemistry. There is also a great support cast, including: Vaughn as the wonderfully camp bad guy, Reese Feldman; Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear, a combo pimp/superfly/police informer like you've never seen him before; and Will Ferrell as a jailhouse source whose sexual curiosity falls far outside anything either Starsky or Hutch have ever imagined. And that's before any mention of Juliette Lewis, Amy Smart, Carmen Electra, Starsky's beloved red and white supercharged Ford Gran Turismo and cameos from the original Starsky and Hutch - Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul!

But Starsky & Hutch is not just reliant on this galaxy of stars, it also succeeds where others have failed by adopting a fun outlook and tongue-in-cheek attitude to its storyline. There are so many hilarious tit-for-tat one-liners between Starsky and Hutch and set pieces dotted throughout this film that it would easily take up another page of review, so the best advice I can give is to see this film. Do it! DO IT! DO IT!!!

Alex Coe

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Screenings of this film:

2004/2005 Autumn Term (35mm)
2004/2005 Autumn Term (35mm)