Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball (1997) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Yet another immortal cinema classic. Even though it is a North American film, it took years to get this on tape in the USA, and many Europeans have already done images from this film.

A husband and wife team of bounty hunters manages to defeat the mob. Not just a couple of mobsters, but in fact the entire mob.

Oh, did I mention that the mob has the police department and the FBI in its pocket, as well as the old friends of the couple, and every professional hit man in the world? But the dynamic duo manages to defeat all of them as well. By the end of the movie, pretty much all of the United States has been destroyed except our favorite couple, and they are still bickering.


April Telek is seen topless through surveillance binoculars

An anonymous masseuse is seen topless. Not only is the scene gratuitous, but I had no idea why it was in the film, and it interrupted the plot with an digression which was never developed! 

They are good with their fists and feet, to say the least. At one point they manage to defeat about 20 thugs, all of whom are armed with automatic weapons. Their most interesting victory in that group involved hot waxing one mobster into surrender. There were three of four other fight scenes where they overcame similar odds.

The film doesn't take itself seriously even for a minute, and the camaraderie between the couple is sometimes fun, but the film is so lightweight and so implausible that it seems to be an episode of a TV show with a couple of bare breasts inserted. 

The DVD is overpriced (SRP $34.99), despite the fact that it is a bare-bones edition. 

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  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 4.8 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C-. Completely lightweight genre film, made-for-TV quality, takes place in an alternate reality, but strangely watchable, with a certain loony, surrealistic charm.

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