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Starsky & Hutch
Starsky & Hutch
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Addiction Level Rating: 1.5 CCs

Revert back to the 70's with the polyester shirts and soundtrack and jump into the white-striped Gran Torino and it's Starsky and Hutch on the big screen, soft on plot but high on retro comedy.
 
Takes place around 1975 in Bay City (San Francisco) with David Starsky (Ben Stiller) as a by-the-book homicide detective whose motto is "When you cross the line, your nuts are mine!"  His mom was a legend in the force and therefore he is always trying to measure up and she was killed in the line of duty.  He has had lots of partners who are turned off by this determination but finally his police captain (Fred Williamson) teams him up with Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (Owen Wilson) who looks out for ol' number one and has a tough time enforcing the law because he keeps breaking it.  Well, you can imagine what goes on with two extremely different personas, and on their first case the boys find a body floating in the bay with Starsky dedicated to finding the murderer and Hutch wanting to push it out into the water to float into a new jurisdiction.  Remember "Huggy Bear" (Antonio Fargas then but Snoop Dogg now), he comes into play as the super-fly urban informant who tells them "I dish it out so you can play it out," and they follow a trail that leads to businessman-suspected drug dealer Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughn).
The boys have to set aside their differences, use disguises, and pool their street smarts to get to the bottom of this.
The shooting took place on Reese's yacht and afterwards he sits down in the sun and asks his mistress (played by gleeful Juliette Lewis) if he's tanning weird.  Will Ferrell has a brief appearance as a prison inmate with a love for dragons and belly buttons and he is funny.
The director-writer, Todd Phillips, tries hard with the script and actually the comedy actors but is limited with some of the same material used in his other films such as Old School and Road Trip but it is limited nostalgic comedy.   Girls kissing girls may not be in your thinking but with the ending (which I will not tell) it is worth the price of admission for ADULTS.  This is not for children, so see it first and decide about your children's attending.
-Barbara Higdon