Starsky & Hutch
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
In a spoof of the popular '70s cop show
But critics are at odds over the result. Some are laughing, some aren't, and some think that those who do laugh should feel guilty about it.
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) calls it "relentlessly unfunny … vacillating awkwardly between outright parody and homage."
Phil Boatwright (Movie Reporter) says, "There are some laughs, but it's not smart enough to be considered satire. Most of the humor is devoid of subtlety, each gag hammered home, usually by crudity."
J. Robert Parks (Looking Closer) says, "The show really belongs to Stiller and Wilson. Though the gags aren't always funny, I usually had a smile on my face. Their camaraderie rings true, and their riffs on police-show clichés are fantastic."
Steven Isaac (Plugged In) calls it "a comedic spoof that feels more like
Eddie Turner (Movieguide) lists problems of "foul language, some brief nudity, a sexually-charged scene, and another scene full of innuendo to cover up its boring stretches. It seems as if the filmmakers could not decide if they wanted it to be a spoof of a cop movie or an actual cop movie, so what's left is a lukewarm action movie with a handful of laughs."
Annabelle Robertson (Crosswalk) says, "Somebody please put me out of my misery. Despite the laughs, there are just too many scenes … where a depraved mind is assumed for enjoying this film."
Mainstream critics also disagree over whether the laughs are worth the ticket price.