Watch Starsky & Hutch
- 1 hr 41 min
In 2004, the popular 1970s crime-fighting duo Starsky and Hutch were resurrected for the big screen in a comedic retelling of their unforgettable adventures. Ben Stiller starred as the uptight, by-the-book David Starsky, while Owen Wilson played the laid-back, maverick detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson. The two join forces to take down a drug lord who is flooding their city with a new, highly-addictive strain of cocaine. While the original series focused more on crime-solving and action, this updated version brings a lighthearted touch to the proceedings with plenty of laughs and outrageous scenarios. One of the biggest departures from the original show is the inclusion of Snoop Dogg as the streetwise informant Huggy Bear. The rapper and actor brings his signature cool persona and smooth dialogue delivery to the character, quickly becoming a fan favorite. The film opens with an introduction to our two protagonists. Starsky is a by-the-books cop, who takes his job very seriously - perhaps a little too seriously as it can sometimes get in the way of his personal life. On the other hand, Hutch is a laid-back detective who plays it fast and loose both on and off the job. Though their personalities could not be more different, they are paired together by their captain (played by the always exceptional Fred Williamson) to take on the drug lord Reese Feldman (played by Vince Vaughn). The dynamic duo is soon introduced to Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg), a snitch with deep-seated connections to the criminal underworld. With his help, they go from one lead to another, getting closer to Feldman and his operation. The plot is simple enough, but the interplay and banter between the three main leads keeps the audience hooked throughout. One of the most memorable scenes from the movie is a disco dance-off competition. Starsky and Hutch, masquerading as typical '70s party boys, begin to fit right in amongst the funkadelic scene. This scene is a nostalgic throwback to the era of the original Starsky and Hutch series and is the perfect tribute to its legacy elements. Of course, the real star of the show is the chemistry between Stiller and Wilson, who seem to have an effortless rapport with each other that makes their characters' relationship feel genuine and engaging. While the action sequences take a backseat to the comedy, they are executed nicely - with explosions, high-speed chases, and thrilling shootouts. Overall, Starsky & Hutch is a hilarious and engaging tribute to a classic TV series with a great cast, witty humor and period-appropriate soundtrack. While it is not necessarily a faithful revival of the original, it stands on its merit and provides a new generation of viewers a lighthearted glimpse into the 70s. Without any doubt, it's a perfect choice for a Friday night popcorn movie.