I only vaguely remember this show from my youth, but I may go see the movie this weekend. Hildalgo looks good too, though, depends on what I'm in the mood for tomorrow.As retreads of 1970s TV shows go, Starsky & Hutch is a giddy, amiable affair as well as a faithful homage to a bygone style.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson ham it up as, respectively, David Starsky and Ken Hutchison, two Los Angeles detectives who embody every TV-detective cliche. Starsky is tightly wound, Hutch is laid-back. They wear disguises (including on-the-button costumes from Easy Rider), they smash up cars (Starsky destroys a parked convertible chasing a purse-snatcher), they face down a crime lord on his home turf (hilariously disrupting a bat mitzvah), they chase girls, and they screech around town in a gaudy muscle car (the beloved red-and-white Ford Torino).
They also get yelled at by the king of exasperated bosses, Captain Doby, who is played in a stroke of casting genius by '70s action icon Fred Williamson. The filmmakers make style-spotting as much fun as the actual chasing-of-bad-guys. Starsky's bulky sweater, Hutch's black turtleneck, the dumpy police station, the bachelor-pad apartments are time capsule treasures.
The Torino in particular gets the holy-relic treatment. Every right turn is a screeching, fishtailing experience. (The car, by the way, has its own Web site, starskytorino.com.)