Friday, March 2, 2012

Running Scared (1986)

Salute to Bad Cops Movie #9

Synopsis: Wisecracking detectives protect hard-working Chicagoans through a myriad of felonies and misdemeanors.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Gregory Hines (White Nights) and Billy Crystal of ‘Saturday Night Live’ star in the motion picture that asks the question, ‘How come the bad guys always drive the good cars?’ The answer has them Running Scared in this lightning-paced comic thriller.”

What Did I Learn?: You can create your very own tow-away zone with a can of yellow spray paint and a bit of imagination.

Really?: 1) Spray-on foam does not look like snow. 2) Billy Crystal does not look like a tough Chicago cop. 3) Our heroes get an innocent guy arrested (by a couple of detectives who saved their lives!) because he’s dating Hines’ girlfriend...that’s low.

Rating: I loved this film as a teenager – Running Scared is a great buddy cop film (Hines and Crystal enjoy some excellent comedic chemistry) with a lot of laughs and some thrilling action scenes. As an adult, however, it’s a lot more difficult to sympathize with a couple of assholes who steal a drug dealer’s Mercedes, strong-arm suspects, and use the Bill of Rights for target practice. 8.5/10 stars.

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