The Last Boy Scout (1991)

  • Time: 105 min
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Director: Tony Scott
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field


When the girl that detective Joe Hallenback is protecting gets murdered, the boyfriend of the murdered girl (ex-football player Jimmy Dix) attempts to investigate and solve the case. What they discover is that there is deep seated corruption going on between a crooked politician and the owner of a pro football team.


  • The Last Boy Scout is one of those films that would not be the same without its off-putting elements, like constant vulgarity, rough violence, and misogyny. Still, it is a very entertaining action film with a plot more complex than most action films, probably because of the combination of writer Shane Black and director Tony Scott, whose movies make you think a little more.

    Shane Black’s other films (Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight) have a theme similar to The Last Boy Scout: disgraced detective with low self-worth finds new reasons to enjoy life by the end credits. This element is a successful one which makes me enjoy watching his movies even more. This, along with Tony Scott’s superior visual quality and fine acting from stars Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans, make The Last Boy Scout a winner.

  • After the enormous success of 1988’s Die Hard, Bruce Willis continued to flaunt his tough guy, anti-hero persona in The Last Boy Scout. As Mr. five-o-clock shadow Joe Hallenbeck, he teams up with comedian Damon Wayans (James Alexander Dix) to solve the murder of Dix’s girlfriend all the while taking down a crooked football team owner. Wayans plays a has-been quarterback and Willis plays a once fallen secret service agent.

    With Brucie all guns blazing and at his macho best, this is one gritty, down and dirty action flick that almost defines him more than all the Die Hards combined. There’s plenty of great one liners (eat your heart out Schwarzenegger) and stuff blowing up so just sit back, grab some popcorn, and hold on. Oh, and watch for the final, violent showdown at the L.A. Coliseum between Hallenbeck and villain Milo (played by Taylor Negron who actually announces himself as the bad guy). It gives new meaning to the term, “if I get out of this I swear I’m gonna dance a jig.” You’ll know what I mean if you check your brain at the door and let the chaos spill onto the screen. Tony Scott directed, nuff said.

    Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

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