When in doubt, goof on the ’70s. That’s the lesson of the big-screen version of Starsky & Hutch, where the laughs come from Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson parodying the polyester excesses of the disco decade. Bits from the show get regurgitated in the Stiller-Wilson revamp: Hutch’s wealthy-cowboy disguise is a tip of the hat to episode 12. (Starsky alter ego Maury Finkle, by contrast, is all Stiller and pure genius.) The film sustains a genial mockery that extends to the extras: In the droll on-set documentary, everyone in the cast expresses intense loathing for everyone else. Even Soul and Glaser, poker-faced as ever, drop by to dump on the proceedings.
(Starsky and Hutch: Melinda Sue Gordon)
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson; Starring: Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Vince Vaughn, Fred Williamson; Director: Todd Phillips; Author: Scot Armstrong, John O'Brien, Todd Phillips; Release Date Wide: 03/05/2004; Runtime (in minutes): 97; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted July 20 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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