I was looking for a movie to watch this afternoon when I came across Running Scared, a film from the 1980s starring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines as a couple of hard-boiled cops from Chicago. I remember seeing this movie in the theater and being a big fan of it so it was the perfect choice for this afternoon.
Problem was, on this viewing, I hated it.
I suppose it was the difference of viewing this movie as a 50-year old man compared to viewing it as a 17-year old kid. Much of the stuff in this movie was much more aligned for the kid, because it did not ask much of me mentally and I had to suspend all kinds of intelligence for the story to come even close to working. There are no cops like this in the country and, if there were, they would not be cops for very long.
Positives: Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines are good together and they have all kinds of witty banter. The dialogue between them was strong and their friendship was heart-warming.
After that, nothing else was worth my time.
Jimmy Smits was the bad guy, Julio Gonzales, and this guy had zero realism to him. He was a cartoon villain who could somehow keep getting released after clear criminal acts. The third act showdown is so unbelievable and made no sense whatsoever.
This makes me wonder what other films from my childhood that I loved would be crap in my eyes today.