Editor’s note: The following is written in anticipation of The Expendables, opening Aug. 13 in theaters across the United States. Rental Rehab will count-down to this sure-to-be momentous occasion in action film mediocrity with a look back at some of earlier work of The Expendables key stars. Today’s review revisits Sylvester Stallone’s nuanced performance in the 1989 mismatched buddy cop comedy action thriller Tango & Cash.
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These aren’t just your garden variety, weepy “I’m a down-on-my-luck, alcoholic, boo hoo, I don’t care if I die I live on a boat, sniffle, sniffle” rogue enforcers of the law. Each officer is carefully handcrafted to reflect the polar opposite of his set’s match.
Tango is a polished stockbroker with an impeccable style, a chiseled physique, a perfect shot and a refined sense of humor; he’s got plenty of dough, he’s just in it for the action (wink).
Cash is a scruffy blue-collar cop’s cop with a fluffy mullet, a wardrobe of stained T-shirts with ripped-off sleeves and an appealing, utterly unselfconscious swagger; a glory-hound hotdog.
Together, these two mismatched rival cops form the perfect set. Watch them as they bicker and make up and tease and cooperate and argue and flirt! You’ll never get tired of watching these two star-crossed lovers as they eke away at one another’s tough exteriors to reveal the true passion within.
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But that’s not ALL! We’ll also throw in:
- Ill-advised self-referential banter. (Cop: “He thinks he’s Rambo.” Tango: “Rambo is a pussy.”)
- A pre-City Slickers Jack Palance chewing away on the scenery as the mischievous drug lord Perret, a villain who knows that it’s better to let his opponents escape certain death numerous times than to simply dispense of them in the quickest, most efficient manner possible.
- A sexy, sudsy nude PRISON shower scene complete with full back shots of the romantic leads.
- Easy-to-follow “dialogue” comprised of a surefire formula of 225 one-liners, 34 puns, 46 now-dated cultural references, 13 homoerotic overtures, 7 gay panic retractions, 58 flirtatious gestures and 3 ethnic slurs.
- That one guy with the enormous face.
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Rental Rehab review by Tricia