and Hutch was, truly, a classic TV cop show of the 1970's. Whilst, at times, the
series had a lot of the downside of TV cop shows of the time, it had the benefit
of two amazingly charismatic actors who had a genuine chemistry on the screen.
The producers of the show also had the willingness to take real directorial risks
(in the first season Hutch is hooked onto heroine by the bad guy's - a show that
was never even shown in the UK until decades later). Starsky and Hutch was arguably
the best cop show by far of the 1970's.
watching this movie know this: The movie is a comedy/spoof of the show and is
set prior to the show starting. The writers can therefore take some liberties
with the characters, which, for fans of the original, may be a little hard to
swallow at first - Starsky
was THE coolest cop on TV in the 1970's, as far as this writer is concerned, and
to see him as some sort of police geek with no sense of humour is a little hard
to take at times. However the very well paced moments of comedy throughout compensate
movie itself is little more than a collection of (some very funny) sketches under
the umbrella plot situation that our heroes are looking for a cocaine trafficker
who has managed to get his cocaine to have all the properties of an artificial
sweetener and therefore is not traceable by existing detection methods.
is some fine comedy in this movie, however the chemistry between Ben Stiller and
Owen Wilson is never a patch on the Paul Michael Glaiser and David Soul originals.
originals put in a very welcome cameo at the end of the movie when they give a
red grand torino to our heroes who have destroyed their version of the car. Is
there a chance that the originals will be back for some kind of movie now? Hope
movie is also filled with classic middle of the road tracks from the 1970's from
Barry Manilow, Eric Clapton and The Carpenters.