8:00 PM, 3rd September, 2004
Starsky & Hutch is the movie version of the '70s TV show and takes place in the fictitious Bay City, still in the '70s, where cop Starsky (Stiller) tries to live up to his legendary police mum and routinely fails. The more laid-back Hutch (Wilson) uses his undercover prowess to enhance his income by knocking over a few crooked bookies. Their captain (Fred Williamson) pairs them up, and the hip underworld lord Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg) lends them a hand on occasion.
Starsky and Hutch come across a corpse floating in the bay and become involved in a case where a drug pusher, Reese Feldman (Vaughn), has invented a new kind of cocaine that tastes like artificial sweetener. They try to nail him, but he always escapes as they look increasingly bad. More of a comedy than action, Starsky & Hutch succeeds with some very funny moments. All the cast contributes to the success of this movie, but Will Ferrell takes the cake in my book with his part as a prison inmate with information that comes at a price. My, what a price. I was laughing a lot during this film and there are plenty of reasons why I should be. Come see this film. Do it. Do It!
10:00 PM, 3rd September, 2004
Writer and director Francis Veber (probably best known for writing La Cage aux Folles) loves bumbling, dimwitted characters and the chaos they cause. In Tais-toi, the moron is Quentin (Depardieu), a not very bright bank robber who is arrested after trying to hold up a foreign exchange office (they don't have any euros left, so they direct him to a bank nearby). Enter Ruby (the wonderfully impassive Jean Reno), who's been arrested for ripping off his gangster boss. They are assigned to the same cell - the police think it'll get Ruby to talk.
But Ruby wants to break out to continue his vengeance, and Quentin's decided Ruby is the first friend he's ever had, and naturally everything goes awry as Quentin somehow gets them out. Cue cross-dressing, whoopee cushions, stolen police cars and even an Albanian squatter.
Tais-toi is a deftly-executed, farcical romp that's genuinely funny in many places, thanks especially to Depardieu's talent for cow-eyes. Unlike The Closet or The Dinner Game (Veber's most recent movies), you won't get an underlying social commentary, but on the other hand it's funnier. I defy you to not enjoy this movie.