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Space Cowboys
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Starring: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
Kiddie Movie: It's not testosterone laden, bring her along.
Date Movie: Why bore them?
Gratuitous Sex: Just some old, saggy butts.
Gratuitous Violence: A fist fight.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Ehh.
Memorable Scene: Nothing memorable.
Memorable Quote: Jerry (Donald Southerland) to Jay Leno on why he’s a ladies man: "I’m looking for a woman who is not afraid to experience infinite orgasms."
Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Produced By: Andrew Lazar

Space Cowboys
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:03 Long

A Review by
Stu Gotz
Every now and then I hear stories of how hard it is to sell a movie script in Hollywood. Even if someone is lucky enough to sell a script, that’s no guarantee that it will ever be made. There are a lot of variables, such as finance, getting stars, and what the competition is doing. I wonder how long the script for "Space Cowboys" sat on the shelf? I ask that question because I’m hoping that it sat around for awhile waiting to be made. This way maybe I could credit Ken Kaufman and Howard Klausner with having an original thought. But if it’s fresh… Well, these guys haven’t got a new idea in their collective heads.

"Space Cowboy" is a rehash of a lot of recently made "Space" movies. The premise is that a HUGE out of date Russian satellite will come crashing down to Earth if someone doesn’t go fix it and thereby save the day (a-la "Meteor," "Asteroid," and "Armageddon"). Normally this would be a perfect job for the Space Shuttle. The only problem is that the technology needed to do the repair is so out dated that only the dead and retired have the skills (kind of like Cobol programmers are now-a-days). Enter Clint Eastwood and his bunch of retired test pilot buddies who missed their chance to make it to the stars because they pissed off Air Force brass. Frank Corvin (Eastwood) sells, or more like blackmails, his boys into space to take care of the problem (a-la "Armageddon"). Here the movie has a little fun playing with age issues and experience versus book smarts (a-la any rookie teamed up with a veteran cop movie). When the jokes are over our team Geritol makes it into space, but encounters a few problems along the way (a-la "Mission to Mars"). Never fear though because experience versus brains saves the day in what should have been a heart moving moment when Hawk (Tommy Lee Jones) sacrifices his life to save the mission (a-la "Armageddon" and "Mission to Mars").

"Space Cowboys" was a pretty darn average movie with little to no fresh ideas. It had potential to be a good drama, toughing issues such as love and cancer, but didn’t deliver. As far as action, well, driving the Florida’s fast lane is more exciting. I really can’t recommend you laying out 8 to 10 buck a ticket for "Space Cowboys," so I suggest catching a matinee, the dollar show, video, or cable. I give "Space Cowboys" 3 of 5 stars. An OK movie. ‘nuff said.

 

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