Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Dang – I meant to post this a couple of days ago to take advantage of the Super Bowl hoopla. Please click the links to read my reviews of some other football-related films

Synopsis: Bruce Willis portrays a wise-cracking, chain-smoking, and otherwise foul-mouthed crime fighter….oh wait, that describes nearly every Bruce Willis movie. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket:The Last Boy Scout is the Super Bowl of action movies, a flat-out blitz of excitement, blow-you-away special effects and hilarious gimme-five humor set against the world of pro football.” 

What Did I Learn?: 1) The is no correct answer if somebody asks: “Head or gut?” 2) “The sky is blue, water is wet, women have secrets.” 3) Apparently, “Bom” means “fuck you” in Polish. 


Really?: 1) Wow… take a drink any time Joe, Jimmy or Darian are taken prisoner by bad guys at gunpoint. Once, or maybe twice I could see, but five or six times? 2) So wait, Joe has been sending hate mail and obscene phone calls to Senator Baynard, and then just happens to get mixed up in a case that involves an assassination plot against him? 3) Wait, Joe simply kills one of the villains while he’s a hostage? 

Rating: The Last Boy Scout is one of those movies that I enjoyed when I was younger, but it hasn’t maintained its appeal. Sure, The Last Boy Scout’s special effects are impressive, and Willis enjoys some (occasionally) funny banter with Damon Wayans, but it’s largely an unpleasant affair. Joe, Jimmy and especially Darian are far too obnoxious for my taste, so it’s difficult to like any of them. Moreover, the movie is riddled with gratuitous violence, and the plot stops making sense mid-way through. 6/10 stars.

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