Day 17 The Last Boy Scout from 1991
Tagline – “Everyone had counted them out. But they’re about to get back in the game” Side note – Is that one of the cheesiest taglines ever?
Who’s our hero today?
Bruce Willis plays Joe Hallenbeck basically John McClane notched down one level on the crazy monitor!
Had I seen this one on VHS back in the day?
Well I had seen it for 29 years. Then I’m like “Oh I can’t remember much about this beginning?“. Halfway through I’m saying to myself “Shiiiit man I must of been real stoned or something! I remember the end though both in a camper van being shot at right?” Then it hits home I’ve never actually seen this before. Yet I would of bet good money that I had! So a VHS memory of sorts. Still what a buzz to be seeing this for the first time. Result.
Quick plot run down.
A private detective receives information to protect a female witness who has on her possession evidence surrounding a corrupt politician and gambling syndicate. And of course we all know the shit is gonna hit the fan pretty darn soon.
Does the hero have a day job?
Joe was once a Presidential bodyguard but now a washed up private detective.
What’s our heroes special skills?
The usual Bruce Willis keep getting punched in the head, never going down, never giving up, badass crazy we all know and love.
Heroes weapon of choice?
A killer right hook and his trusty revolver. Plus anything to hand, broken bottle, lampshade, telephone, car!
Heroes drink of choice?
Jose Cuervo tequila gold to help heal those bruised ribs, head, arms, well every part of his body to be honest!
Does hero have a sidekick?
Step forward quarterback Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans). Like Joe, Jimmy is also washed up with a troubled life. Banned from league on alleged gambling charges and addicted to drugs and painkiller medicine. These two broken men couldn’t be further apart, like chalk and cheese but they about to have their life intertwined with death, explosion and a whole heap of pain.
Hot girl? Damsel in distress? or ass kicker?
The hot duties go to Jimmy Dix’s exotic dancer girlfriend Cory played by Halle Berry in an early role. However the ass kicker role definitely goes to Joe’s teenager daughter Darian (Danielle Harris). She takes after here Dad in too many ways. She’s one wisecracking, potty mouthed, put down machine. She’s tough as nails and takes no shit. I thought she was gonna be annoying but she was cool.
Who’s the main baddie?
I won’t say the main baddie even though it’s pretty obvious but his chief henchman is Milo (Taylor Negron) and he’s practically slimy and sinister. He loves to toy with the evil he does.
Baddies special skills?
Torture, knife terror, guns and a sharp shooter but most of all he likes to play with his prey.
Psycho baddies rating out of ten? 9/10
Milo is calculated, creepy and menacing. Apparently he was an even nastier villain in the original script.
Heroes balls of steel and anger ratings out of ten? 10/10
Joe just like his alter-ego John McClane is in that bracket of Martin Riggs type psychotic on the edge, will amp up any death pending situation to the next level regardless of their own safety kind of character. Yep balls of steel and a head made of concrete.
Surely it features a training montage scene?
No time for time wasting and plot filling montages in this big budget film.
Does it feature an impossible mission?
With both Joe and Jimmy determined and on the case, would they ever give up on an impossible mission?
Does the hero get a chance to show off their muscles?
Not sure if he even takes his jacket off!
Will I be needing to pause the video player? AKA are there any boobies?
If you were lightning fast you might you might grab a few perky ones in a strip club.
No between the sheets or even swinging from the chandeliers action in this here movie.
Any good totally random surprise scenes?
There were three that I noted. It’s pretty random to see a young Halle Berry dressed as a cowboy and dancing sexy to the super camp tune of “I wanna be a cowboy” by Boys Don’t Cry! Then there’s a stand-up comedian joke telling puppet with a killer closing gag. And Bruce Willis doing an Irish jig is pretty random.
Films body count? Low/Medium/High?
There’s a big body count in this film. Just flicked the meter passed medium into the high reading.
Innocent baddie death rate?
No innocent baddie deaths here. They all deserved what was coming to them.
Explosion ratio? Low/Medium/High?
Cars and houses blowing up all over the place.
How many stuntmen probably really died making this film?
There was some crazy driving and exploding off the edge of cliffs! Hopefully they all staggered out alive!
Any cool car chases?
There’s quite a few. With a really good one featured on a motorway freeway.
Joe Hallenbeck – “It was an accident, right? You tripped, slipped on the floor and accidentally stuck your dick in my wife!”
Any other familiar faces and actors pop up?
Bruce McGill plays Mike Matthews and we saw him recently in Timecop (1994). Chelcie Ross is a name I didn’t know but he has a face you will instantly recognise from countless films from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) Chain Reaction (1996) Basic Instinct (1992) and The Package (1989) to name a few. But best of all is Joe’s wife Sarah is played by Chelsea Field who worked alongside Dolph Lundgren in the “classic” Masters Of The Universe (1987) where she played Teela.
Ridley’s brother Tony Scott was a action movie machine. He made some real blockbuster monsters like Top Gun (1986) Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Crimson Tide (1995) Enemy Of The State (1998) and the Quentin Taratino penned True Romance (1993). The Last Boy Scout was written by Greg Hicks and Shane Black who would also do the screenplay. Which I read was cut and chopped all over the place.
It sounded like a turbulent time on set as raging tempers and locked horns between everyone must of put a colossal strain on the project. Producer Joel Silver was on board too. It is said that the character of Les Grossman, played by Tom Cruise, in the movie Tropic Thunder (2008) is in part a parody of Joel Silver.
So you can imagine how fun this film was to make when assistant director James Skotchdopole is quoted to say “Their was an overabundance of alpha males on that project. Bruce was at the height of his stardom, so was Joel, so was Tony and so was Shane. There were a lot of people who had a lot of opinions about what to do. There were some heated, early-Nineties, testosterone charged personalities on the line. It was a charged environment“. Add to that, apparently Willis and Wayans didn’t get on that well either! So it’s amazing that the film turned out as well as it did.
No real cheese here. I thought with the addition of the daughter the cheese levels would rise through the roof but thankfully the possible liquid cheese leveled out.
IMDB score rating – 7/10
Wolfman ACTION & FUN rating – 9/10
Wolfman over all film rating – 7.5/10
Like I say at the top of the page I really had believed I’d seen this. Surely I have?Remember it on the shelves in the video stores. Man I’m positive I’d seen it. Maybe I just completely forgot it? Possible I guess. Maybe I got Damon Wayans mixed up with Sarah Jessica Parker! They just look so similar? Whatever had happened it was a real treat to have a quality action movie from the classic era to sit and enjoy. The constant banter, action packed carnage and adrenaline filled thrills and spills were the perfect surprise whilst doing this movie marathon.
Feel free to let me know your thoughts on the films if you want but please don’t feel you need to as I know it’s pretty relentless this month. However, most important, have fun with the movies.
Keep it filmy…. Mikey Wolf.