Theodore Rex

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"The world's toughest cop is getting a brand new partner. And he's a real blast from the past!"
  • PG
  • 1996
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 2.4  (4,791)

Theodore Rex is a 1995 buddy cop comedy film directed by Jonathan Betuel, starring Whoopi Goldberg as a hard-working detective named Katie Coltrane who is partnered with a wise-cracking dinosaur named Theodore Rex, voiced by George Newbern. The film takes place in a futuristic alternate universe where dinosaurs never went extinct and have evolved to become intelligent and human-like.

The film opens with a strange murder at a nightclub where a wealthy businessman is found dead on the dance floor. The only clue to the murderer's identity is a footprint left by a dinosaur. This leads to the introduction of the film's two main characters: Goldberg's no-nonsense Detective Coltrane and her new partner, Theodore Rex.

Tensions are initially high between Coltrane and Rex, as she is hesitant to work with a dinosaur and he is an inexperienced new detective. However, the two are forced to put their differences aside to solve the murder case, which quickly becomes more complicated as other wealthy businessmen start turning up dead.

As the two detectives investigate, they start to uncover a conspiracy involving the city's richest and most powerful citizens, who are all connected in some way to the murders. Meanwhile, Coltrane and Rex's working relationship slowly starts to improve as they begin to develop a genuine friendship.

The film is full of wacky moments and comedic set pieces, such as a car chase through the city's dinosaur-populated streets and a scene where Theodore Rex tries to fit into a human-sized outfit. However, the film also tackles some serious themes, such as discrimination and issues of class and power.

Goldberg carries the film with her classic comedic timing and strong screen presence, while Newbern's voice work brings Theodore Rex to life as a lovable and endearing character. The film also features strong supporting performances from Armin Mueller-Stahl as the chief of police and Juliet Landau as a mysterious cabaret singer.

Overall, Theodore Rex is a fun and entertaining buddy cop film that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's a silly concept on the surface, but the film manages to draw you in with its engaging mystery, likable characters, and strong comedic moments. While it may not be one of Goldberg's most memorable films, it's definitely worth checking out for fans of the genre or those looking for a nostalgic trip back to the '90s.

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    1 hr 32 min
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    2.4  (4,791)