Starsky and Hutch (4/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
Poor Owen Wilson.
Heís got talent and charm, but keeps getting stuck in these terrible
films. Starsky and Hutch were TV detectives in the Ď70s, played by
Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul along with a Ford Gran Torino car.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson reprise the roles in 2004. Half of it is
pretty good, the Owen Wilson half. Stiller is monumentally miscast as
the anal retentive Starsky and thatís only one place where the movie
falls apart. Wilson gets Soulís laid back attitude maybe better than
Soul got it himself.
Bad casting isnít
limited to Stiller. Vince Vaughn plays Reese Feldman. He is intended to
be a fearsome drug dealer. Instead heís a wimp, even though he kills
people in cold blood. Snoop Dog plays Huggy Bear, who was Starsky and
Hutchís informant. Heís as unconvincing as Stiller and Vaughn.
The story is as bad
as the acting. Starsky and Hutch are trying to nab Feldman but keep getting
thwarted. Letís see, is there anything more? Well, nothing worth
wasting electricity trying to explain. There are a couple of beautiful
women, Staci (Carmen Electra) and Holly (Amy Smart), but they really
donít have anything to do with the, uh, story, you should pardon the
expression. Oh, yeah, Fred Williamson plays Captain Dobey, the boss of
Starsky and Hutch. But he doesnít seem to have any raison díetre,
People were laughing
at my screening, but I couldnít understand what it was they were
laughing at. Stiller apparently does all his own stunt driving of the
Torino. The problem is that Stiller is such a nebbisch heís just not
believable as the tough guy Glaser so accurately created as the original
Starsky. Itís really glaring when Glaser and Soul appear in cameos at
the end. Whoever thought of the idea of putting Glaser and Stiller side
by side where Stillerís deficiencies in the role are magnified
immeasurably might be well advised to start looking for a job as a box
boy at Ralphs. If you want better acting, a better script, a better
story, more intelligent directing, well, better you stay home and watch
reruns of The Rifleman.
March 2, 2004