742. Turner & Hooch

Background info

Title: Turner & Hooch
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Year: 1989
Run time: 1hr 37m

“Scott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some “real” cases, not just misdemeanors. Then Amos Reed is murdered, and Scott Turner sets himself on the case. The closest thing to a witness in the case is Amos Reed’s dog, Hooch, which Scott Turner has to take care of if it’s going to avoid being “put to sleep”.”

Live blog

3:13 – God I really don’t look after myself enough, blimey.
5:16 – I do agree with him on the seat belt situation.
7:14 – “Yea, well, yea, kids.”
9:38 – Slo-mo dog is terrifying, in fact, actual dog is terrifying.
11:52 – Can you give dogs beer?
19:10 – Just five rolls of film to take pictures of the crime scene. No pressure.
24:17 – He got in the car and got straight back out the other side! Useless.
25:09 – Hahaha, love the dog running along with the car.
27:45 – “We use the same bank.” What kind of a chat up line is that?
36:37 – “Don’t eat the car!”
38:47 – I like the dog inspecting the contents of the fridge.
41:16 – Waiting for his reaction to the mess is the worst.
44:06 – “Wow, that dog’s got a lot of guts.”
47:23 – “You know, if you have any opinions about anything, I want you to express them.”
50:51 – It really would give you nightmares.
54:23 – I think of all the things, the shoe slobber is what would do it for me. Bye Hooch.
58:10 – Breaking in engines! Such a weird concept.
1:11:55 – You can’t take a dog on a stake out!
1:17:41 – Errr, the dog just walked over all the fish.
1:23:10 – I feel like having a dog on your throat counts as getting a statement under duress.
1:36:31 – Nice eighties saxamaphone to go with the credits.

Conclusions

I’ve not seen this one before, but am always glad to catch up with Tom Hanks’ back catalogue. This one didn’t really stand up to the test of time so well, but it was a mixed bag of a film that was entertaining at the very least.

I liked Hanks’ character, but found the dog far too drool-y to truly enjoy what was going on. Having said that, I did laugh a lot, and found the non-drooling sections surprisingly good – it’s fun to watch Tom wrestle with a giant dog.

I thought the twist at the end was a bit odd. Considering the entire film had been a comedy, then suddenly the big showdown happened, and there was barely time to get emotional about the end result.

Mr C has seen this before and thought it wasn’t quite as good as he remembered, and ended up mostly stressed at the dog eating the speakers. Apparently they were really good speakers!

Rating: 3/5.

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