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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
The usual shoot 'em up stuff.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit references, a threesome, gay humor.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, drug use and dealing, smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has very explicit sexual situations and references for a PG-13, including "comic" gay overtones, a threesome (with girls kissing each other), and the swapping of mild sexual favors for information from an informant. A character accidentally ingests cocaine, and his strung-out meltdown is played for humor. Other characters drink and use cocaine (off-camera) and the plot centers on a huge cocaine deal. Characters are in peril. One is killed and a child is injured. There's some strong language, including racial epithets. A strength of the movie is the way that diverse characters work together. Some audience members may be offended by the fact that the villain is Jewish. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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