HUDSON HAWK

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The Film: Hudson Hawk

The Guest: Video Night’s Michael Cook

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For a long time, my family was under the impression that I liked certain things. When Affleck and Damon won that Academy Award®, my oldest brother said “Your boys won an Oscar®!”, fully convinced that they were my ‘boys’ – that I was a fan. And while both do fine work from time to time, I defy anyone to scroll through my personal history to find the moment in which my brother could interpret that those two celebrities were ‘my boys’.

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Similarly, my parents were under the impression that I liked Bruce Willis – namely because I had, for a good stretch, watched The 5th Element. “There’s a new movie with that actor you like…um…Bruce Willis,” they’d say. I’d have to explain that I mostly really just liked that one. I mean, I watched the Die Hard movies like the rest of America, but that hardly makes me a fan of Bruce Willis. Had I been a fan, I would have actively pursued his releases. Had I been a fan, I would have seen Hudson Hawk as soon as it hit the theater or video store shelf.

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Far too irreverent and cartoony for its own good.

 

Now, finally, after searching high and low for a suitable title for my guest (Video Night‘s Michael Cook) and I to watch, we decided on 1991’s Hudson Hawk.

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Sandra Bernhard chewing up the scenery.

 

Does Hudson Hawk belong on WDWJW?!? At first glance, not really. It’s an expensive international studio picture, a vanity project for rising mega-star Bruce Willis. It features the ever-relatable-to-early-90s-30-something-ladies Andie MacDowell. Classic actor James Coburn even shows up to do his thing. But then again, with the plot of a nice-guy cat burglar trying to go straight after just getting out of prison only to find himself roped back into burgling…and all he really wants is a nice cappuccino! Ok, still not that weird. But the choices made by the filmmakers – the writing and casting, the performances…GOSH! It all makes this one head-scratcher of a movie. From casting Sandra Bernhard and Richard E. Grant as the villains, to sub-villains with candy bar nicknames, to a runaway gurney, to singing songs instead of using a FLIPPIN’ STOPWATCH?!?! Nintendo is mentioned quite a bit, and there are rockets with suction cups on them! And then there’s that bonkers dolphin noise scene – and all this has what to do with Leonardo da Vinci somehow?

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Here’s a stupid scene with a dog puppet being blasted out of a window.

 

It SHOULDN’T be on WDWJW?!? but it is, because it refuses to be normal. Here, listen as we try and figure out the oddness that is Hudson Hawk.

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