Lethal Weapon (1987)
December 18, 2015 11:50 PM - Subscribe

A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
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“The Art of the Buddy Cop Genre,” Ryan Vescera, Screenhead, 18 October 2015
posted by ob1quixote at 10:24 PM on December 20, 2015

Lethal Weapon is one of 10 Movies You Forgot Were Set During Christmas. Who can forget the coke bust and shootout at the Christmas tree lot. It's a Shane Black Christmas special, one of many.

When it came out, it was reviewed by Janet Maslin in the NYT and Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars:
The movie's so tightly wound up, it's like a rubber band ready to snap. Richard Donner, the director, throws action scenes at us like hardballs, and we don't know when to duck. All of the elements of this movie have been seen many times before - the chases, the explosions, the hostage negotiations - but this movie illustrates a favorite belief of mine, which is that the subject of a movie is much less important than its style. I'm a guy who is bored by shootouts and chase scenes.

I've seen it all. But this movie thrilled me from beginning to end.
84/85 on Rotten Tomatoes, 3 stars and 16+ on CommonSense.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:52 PM on December 25, 2015

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