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      Hardball

      R 1998 1h 37m Action List
      Reviews 22% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A bounty hunter's (Michael Dudikoff) partner (Lisa Howard) intervenes when a mobster (Tony Curtis) hires a bomb specialist to eliminate him. Read More Read Less

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      Oz eFilmCritic.com Rated: 1/5 Dec 2, 2002 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 2/5 May 28, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Michael Dudikoff teams up with Lisa Howard as second time for a Cinepix funded direct-to-video sequel to the direct-to-video original. The pair of bounty hunters go up against the mob a second time, this time because they foiled a a mob-backed jewel robbery while pursuing a fugitive. Tony Curtis appears in a "where's my pay cheque?" cameo as a mob boss. An adequately entertaining sequel to an adequately entertaining film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Another case of a sequel surpassing the original in entertainment value, 'Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball' continues the misadventures of goofy-faced bounty hunter Jersey Bellini (Michael Dudikoff) and his volatile lady friend (and fellow bounty hunter) BB (Belinda, played by 'Highlander's Lisa Howard). This one was pretty funny. It came out after Dudikoff appeared in Springer's Ring Master, so I'm not sure if the filmmakers were going for a more thick and chunky comedy sauce than the first. That might be the case, though. Bellini and BB are the Tracey and Hepburn of bounty hunter movies... Okay, maybe not. But they have great chemistry together and their back-and-forth banter had me chuckling at every turn. Anyone who's girlfriend has ever been pissed at him and couldn't figure out it was because he was acting like a dumb ass will totally sympathize with Jersey. After making up in the first 'Bounty Hunters,' Bellini and his lady are having problems and BB decides it's time to move on. Getting into the middle of a dangerous jewel heist, they once again find themselves the victims of "wrong place-wrong time" and have to fight a bunch of comical Italian mobster stereotypes, one of which is played by Tony Curtis (Spartacus). Lawson Markman. Joe Armstrong. Sonny McClane. Merril Ross. And now, Jersey Bellini. Bounty Hunter. The 'Koff factor was off-the-chain in this. His faces just go for broke and never let up the entire time. My favorite one was where he decks the dude who was on fire. I was totally amused by all of Jersey's little schemes. Lisa Howard is also really hot in that "weird semi-goth/english lit chick @the community college library" way, and she gets in some funny dialog and beats up baddies effortlessly (a little too effortlessly, I thinks). 'Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball' shares all the characteristics of its predecessor: Dudikoff faces, Lisa Howard looking 'girl who listens to the Cure a lot and wears black fishnets in English class hot" and getting pissed off @ Jersey. Inept bad guys who you never really feel threaten the protagonists. Gratuitous booby shots thrown in @ unexpected moments, and some decent explosions and shoot outs here and there. They also share the same director, George Erschbamer. Besides the American Ninja movies, Duds doesn't have too many franchises to his credit. I guess I just can't get over why- out of all the movies he's done throughout his career that could merit such an investment by a studio (Avenging Force, Moving Target)- someone would choose to green light a Bounty Hunters sequel. They're light-hearted, humorous movies, but I would've thought we'd see Platoon Leader 3: Back to Nam before something like this. Good, harmless watchin'. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Another case of a sequel surpassing the original in entertainment value, 'Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball' continues the misadventures of goofy-faced bounty hunter Jersey Bellini (Michael Dudikoff) and his volatile lady friend (and fellow bounty hunter) BB (Belinda, played by 'Highlander's Lisa Howard). This one was pretty funny. It came out after Dudikoff appeared in Springer's Ring Master, so I'm not sure if the filmmakers were going for a more thick and chunky comedy sauce than the first. That might be the case, though. Bellini and BB are the Tracey and Hepburn of bounty hunter movies... Okay, maybe not. But they have great chemistry together and their back-and-forth banter had me chuckling at every turn. Anyone who's girlfriend has ever been pissed at him and couldn't figure out it was because he was acting like a dumb ass will totally sympathize with Jersey. After making up in the first 'Bounty Hunters,' Bellini and his lady are having problems and BB decides it's time to move on. Getting into the middle of a dangerous jewel heist, they once again find themselves the victims of "wrong place-wrong time" and have to fight a bunch of comical Italian mobster stereotypes, one of which is played by Tony Curtis (Spartacus). Lawson Markman. Joe Armstrong. Sonny McClane. Merril Ross. And now, Jersey Bellini. Bounty Hunter. The 'Koff factor was off-the-chain in this. His faces just go for broke and never let up the entire time. My favorite one was where he decks the dude who was on fire. I was totally amused by all of Jersey's little schemes. Lisa Howard is also really hot in that "weird semi-goth/english lit chick @the community college library" way, and she gets in some funny dialog and beats up baddies effortlessly (a little too effortlessly, I thinks). 'Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball' shares all the characteristics of its predecessor: Dudikoff faces, Lisa Howard looking 'girl who listens to the Cure a lot and wears black fishnets in English class hot" and getting pissed off @ Jersey. Inept bad guys who you never really feel threaten the protagonists. Gratuitous booby shots thrown in @ unexpected moments, and some decent explosions and shoot outs here and there. They also share the same director, George Erschbamer. Besides the American Ninja movies, Duds doesn't have too many franchises to his credit. I guess I just can't get over why- out of all the movies he's done throughout his career that could merit such an investment by a studio (Avenging Force, Moving Target)- someone would choose to green light a Bounty Hunters sequel. They're light-hearted, humorous movies, but I would've thought we'd see Platoon Leader 3: Back to Nam before something like this. Good, harmless watchin'. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member action/comedy isnt that bad. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A bounty hunter's (Michael Dudikoff) partner (Lisa Howard) intervenes when a mobster (Tony Curtis) hires a bomb specialist to eliminate him.
      Director
      George Erschbamer
      Producer
      Jeffrey Barmash, John Dunning
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 37m