Starsky & Hutch: Melinda Sue Gordon
EW Staff
February 17, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Starsky & Hutch

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/05/04
performer
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Vince Vaughn, Fred Williamson
director
Todd Phillips
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Scot Armstrong, John O'Brien, Todd Phillips

We gave it a B-

”It’s so old school,” says Todd Phillips. The director isn’t talking about his 2003 hit college comedy, but rather his new movie, a retro take on a ’70s TV staple. ”We basically made the show with Ben [Stiller] and Owen[Wilson] .” The 1975-set prequel of sorts finds a polyester-clad Starsky (Stiller) cruising in his cherry-red Ford Torino and teaming for the first time with Hutch (Wilson) to swing with the ladies (Amy Smart and Carmen Electra), chat up fly ”urban informant” Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg), and hunt a ruthless drug trafficker (Vince Vaughn). The $60 million action comedy is a pet project of Stiller’s, who’s also an exec producer. ”I was 10 when the show was on,” says Stiller. (Wilson, by the way, was 6, and Phillips was 4.) ”It’s ingrained in my childhood memories.” Indeed, the film is filled with boyhood fantasies. ”There are a lot of power slides and peel-outs in the car,” Stiller marvels, ”and a lot of jumping over rooftops.” Now THAT’s old school.

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