Starsky and Hutch: Melinda Sue Gordon
July 20, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

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

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.

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