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Parents' Guide to

Starsky & Hutch

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Silly, but lots of fun for older teens.

Movie PG-13 2004 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

amazing action movie from a hit tv show from 80s

its amazing movie but keep kids from watching it unless they are above 13/14 years old
age 14+

great but at High PG-13 level.

has it all,sexual references,violence,language and drugs,but still great.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (16 ):

Movies based on TV shows are tricky, but STARSKY & HUTCH gets it right. Cynical observers used to wonder whether the warm friendship between Starsky and Hutch was really deeper than 1970's television could contemplate. This movie tweaks the idea a little, with the pair stumbling cluelessly through some mildly suggestive situations that feel like a part of its retro vibe. Vince Vaughn brings his edgy silkiness to the role of the bad guy, a high class drug dealer. Will Ferrell contributes a funny cameo as a prisoner.

But the movie is all about the chemistry between Stiller and Wilson, who bring out the best in each other. Starsky narrows his eyes intensely as he looks down at a dead body. "You've punched your last ticket, amigo." Hutch peers over at him. "Are you trying to tough talk a dead guy?" After that, it's just ringing changes on the most appallingly cheesy aspects of that cheesiest of decades. The soundtrack features "Afternoon Delight," "I Can't Smile Without You," and the hit song by original Hutch David Soul -- "Don't Give Up on Us, Baby." The clothes are one hilarious "what were we thinking" after another. It's silly, but it's a lot of fun.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 5, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: July 20, 2004
  • Cast: Ben Stiller , Owen Wilson , Snoop Dogg
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: drug content, sexual situations, partial nudity, language and some violence
  • Last updated: January 2, 2023

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