ABC Film Challenge – 90s Movies – L – The Last Boy Scout (1991) Movie Review

Director: Tony Scott

Writer: Shane Black (Screenplay) Greg Hicks (Story)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron, Danielle Harris, Halle Berry, Bruce McGill

Plot: A private detective’s protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim’s boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.


Tagline – The goal is to survive.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Last Boy Scout starts when alcoholic private detective Joe Hallenbeck (Willis) gets offered a job to watch over an exotic dancer Cory (Berry), but when the job goes wrong, Joe must work with disgraced football star Jimmy Dix (Wayans), as they look to get to the bottom of who is behind the bigger conspiracy going on.

The pair must put their differences to make sure they can bring the people who are targeting them to justice, the same people that took Jimmy’s career from him.

Thoughts on The Last Boy Scout

ThoughtsThe Last Boy Scout is one the popular big budget action films that continued to ride the success that Bruce Willis has found in the genre. The story will see him as a private detective who tends to bend the rules to get the job done, working with an American football star who both find themselves caught up in the middle of a bigger conspiracy that could change the sport forever. While the story might not get too deep, it will give us everything we need for the odd couple needing to work together, getting a few laughs, without needing to turn relying on the jokes, letting the way over the top action take centre stage. In the 1990’s we had big action that was full of explosions, this is one of those films that didn’t care how big the explosions are. This was in Bruce Willis’s prime, so it is one of his better performances, where he bounces of Damon Wayans wonderfully throughout the film. For a big action packed movie, this is a lot of fun, it knows just how big it wants to be and will play into it in every scene.

Final Thoughts The Last Boy Scout is a classic 90s action film filled with over-the-top action throughout.

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