Starsky and Hutch

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2 1/2

Match up two cops one honest and naive and the other a smart-aleck, rule-breaker and you get Starsky and Hutch, the odd couple of the 70s, transported from television to your neighborhood theater in this action comedy. And with them come the retro styles, big hairdos and disco music. David Starsky (Ben Stiller), with his spiffy red and white Ford Torino and by-the-book, humorless style, is the brunt of the Bay City Police Departments jokes. Ken Hutch Hutchinson (Owen Wilson) hangs out with lowlifes and looks for ways to pocket extra cash. His best friend is Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg), a flamboyant police informant who has an entourage of bodyguards, drug dealers and prostitutes. The two undercover cops are teamed up by the police chief because nobody wants to be a partner to either of them. They stumble into a murder investigation that points to drug lord Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughn), and the two learn to adapt to each other as they face enemies in high places.

Action scenes include wild car chases, explosions, shootings and a few fisticuffs, but theres no gore, although a drug lord shoots a gang member point blank. The films greatest crime is its attempt to portray as comical things that arent funny: a young boy throwing kitchen knives at police and stabbing them in the back and legs, suggestive moves by Starsky turning on a perverted inmate (Will Ferrell), and a lighthearted and humorous use of drugs. In one scene, Starsky mistakenly puts cocaine into his coffee, causing him to pass out while trying to impress two oversexed cheerleaders (Carmen Electra and Amy Smart). Hutch takes over by kissing both girls, and group sex is implied. In a locker-room scene, a girl strips off all of her clothes in front of the cops showing side-breast nudity. There is also same-sex kissing and much crude humor, including many obscenities and several profanities. Drugs, sex and foul language are used to entertain, causing Starsky and Hutch to rank poorly with Preview.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Warner Brothers

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (22) times mild (hell 11, damn 2); strong (ass 8, SOB 1)

Obscene Language: Many (12) times mild (pee 1); moderate (piss 1, crap 1); strong (f-word 1, s-word 6, other 2)

Profanity: Several (8) times moderate (G 1, G-sake 1); strong (J 2, JC 4)

Violence: Many times mild (car windows shot out, reckless car chases); moderate (fighting, boy throws knives at police, boy injured in explosion, gang member shot and thrown overboard, man hit with golf club, attack dog threatens men, house rigged for a lethal explosion and accidentally triggered by a young boy who is consequently injured)

Sex: Once mild (implied group sex with guy and two girls)

Nudity: Several times mild (girls in bikinis and low-cut outfits); moderate (brief side-breast nudity)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times moderate (suggestive remarks)

Drugs: Several times mild (some drinking in clubs, implied drug use at parties); strong (man overdoses on cocaine by accident)

Other: Negative portrayal of drugs and dealers; reference to Shakespeares to err is human, to forgive is divine

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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