The Hard Way

Published April 18, 2020

The Hard Way

Film info

  • Title The Hard Way
  • Director John Badham
  • Year 1991
  • Run time 1hr 51m
  • Genres Action, Comedy, Crime
  • Tagline There's only one way these two are going to get along...

Michael J. Fox and James Woods team up for hilarious action-adventure from director John Badham. Nick Lang (Fox) is a popular movie star who joins forces with a tough New York detective (Woods) in order to break out of his nice guy screen image. On the trail of a ruthless serial killer, the last thing Moss needs is a pampered Hollywood sidekick.

Live blog

Time Comment
5:00 This guy likes a swear word or two.
8:21 Wow, he is cocky as anything, this villain.
12:27 “They made Henry V.”
14:38 I have that remote control confusion as well. Affinity.
19:00 I like her, she’s basically telling him how to be a human.
21:04 “It’s like a movie it’s so real.”
25:49 Yoda reference.
29:33 He did a pop quiz!! (hot shot)
35:12 That car is horrific.
37:49 Haha, how did he throw the cigarette in his mouth like that anyway? Skillz.
38:53 “We live this job. It’s who we are. Not what we do.”
47:10 Baby Ricci is adorable.
54:14 Michael J acting like an actor pretending to be a lady is inception.
59:52 Why is he moving in on his girlfriend?
1:07:35 “Somebody call a cop. I mean, another cop. Besides me.”
1:12:51 That is some epic rain they’re having.
1:21:10 You’d think he’d know better than to buy custom gear.
1:30:06 I’m sure he does know what it feels like to have shot someone.
1:34:29 Loving that his apartment has a dart board and a basketball hoop.
1:36:21 He has a silent microwave. He could patent that and never have to work another day in his life.
1:42:57 Never thought I’d watch a movie where MJF was hanging off his own eyeball.
1:46:53 “That’s my line!”


After the disaster that was Midway, we wanted something that would be a bit more comfortable and a bit more of a surefire hit. Bring out a good ol’ Michael J Fox comedy and you’re on to a winner.

This was a good one, I’ve never heard of it before but I enjoyed it. It probably hasn’t aged all that well but not as badly as other movies we’ve attempted from this era. The swinging around from a cigarette at the end wasn’t all that believable but it worked.

Although the setup was a bit contrived, I liked some of the surprises along the way - handcuffed to the sofa, the sass of baby Christina, and the pretty harsh make believe to get Lang to leave. Good film!

Rating: 4 / 5

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