Gonzales dreams of becoming the newest drug lord in Chicago while Detectives Ray and Danny do their best to bring him down in a hail of wisecracks and bullets. When the officers boss becomes frustrated with their tactics he sends them on a vacation to the Florida Keys where the two vow to bring Gonzales down before retiring back to the Keys.
Gregory Hines (Ray), Billy Crystal (Danny), Steven Bauer (Det. Sigliano), Darlanne Fluegel (Anna), Joe Pantoliano (Snake), Dan Hedaya (Capt. Logan), Jon Gries (Det. Montoya), Tracy Reed (Maryann), Jimmy Smits (Gonzales).
Once upon a time Hines and Crystal were funny and one of the results is this film. The plot is pretty simple and really is nothing more than a platform from which Hines and Crystal can launch some jokes and integrate some slapstick. The film moves along well and the comedy is actually not bad. Hines and Crystal play off each other pretty well which keeps the film entertaining. In the end, the film delivers some laughs but not much else in the way of depth.
Acting was mediocre from Hines and Crystal who rely on their humor more than they do their acting skills. It was nice seeing Pantoliano when he was younger and he did fairly well. Smits was also quite a bit younger in this one and though he was a bit rough his potential is obvious.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are about what you would expect from a comedy cop movie made in the 80’s with mild settings and some drab natural scenery. Effects were action based and minimal but solidly done. Dialogue was mostly campy with plenty of one-liners and sporadic moments of drama. Sound and soundtrack were well done.
Overall Running Scared is a fairly well done comedy that will appeal to those who like a lighter level of humor, or to big Hines and Crystal fans. Others may find the film lacking depth and quality.
With humor involving adult themes and activities, foul language, violence, mild nudity, and drug use save this for older teens and above.
Running Scared is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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