Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weekend Matinee: TURNER AND HOOCH

This one surprised me.

For a movie that amounts to a cop trying to make everyone take him seriously while he protects a dog that watched a murder, it's actually really solid. The dog is adorable in that ugly dog kind of way, Tom Hanks is likable as ever, and the bully from the Mighty Ducks makes a cameo appearance; basically, it's all around great.

But that's not what surprised me.

So Reginald VelJohnson (AKA Carl Winslow) is in this movie as Tom Hanks' other sidekick (The department sanctioned one). He's a guy who's recently made his way up the command chain in an unnamed big city where he saw a bunch of crazy stuff go down and is ready to take it easy for a change. Reginald Veljohnson is playing his character from Die Hard.

I'm saying it and I don't care what you think: Turner and Hooch is the sequel to Die Hard 2: Die Harder.

Check it out: Ol' Reggie, starts his Die Hard Career as a beat cop who's drawn into some 'Crazy shit' where he helps out some out-of-jurisdiction cop kill some Germans. Flash forward a few years, Reggie has made Detective and is now officially Bruce Willis' partner. Then something happens.

Be it more 'crazy shit', a few close calls, or an adjustment of priorities, something happens to break up this partnership. Bruce moves back to New York where he fights more Germans with a different black guy and then computer nerds with a Mac. Here's where T-n-H comes in: As Bruce left LA, or somewhere around there, Reggie opted to move to a smaller community where he didn't have to worry about terrorists stealing millions while blowing up high rises. He moved to Northern California and became an investigator under Tom Hanks.

And regretted every minute of it.

Remember that the next time someone tries to tell you that Family Matters is a Die Hard Spinoff. Because that's just bullshit.

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