Stakeout is a buddy cop movie that I like a lot, partially but not entirely because Richard Dreyfuss is one of my favorite actors. I've been a fan ever since American Graffiti, and while I never expected him to turn up in a movie like this, he does a terrific job. So does Emilio Estevz, who plays his partner. So does the entire cast, for that matter.
The plot, as in most buddy cop movies, is pretty simple. A woman (Madeline Stowe) is living a quiet life until her former boyfriend (Aidan Quinn) breaks out of prison. Dreyfuss and Estevez are one of two teams of cops assigned to stake out her house in case the boyfriend shows up. The other team is made up of Forest Whitaker and Dan Lauria, and a lot of the comedy in the movie comes from the pranks the two teams play on each other to relieve the boredom of the stakeout. Also, Dreyfuss and Estevez pass the time by trying to stump each other with movie lines. There's a good joke in one of those.
Also relieving the boredom and adding to the complications is that Dreyfuss falls for Madeline Stowe. As who wouldn't? You can pretty much guess where this is heading. The boyfriend does show up, and there's a drawn-out ending with plenty of action and shooting. For that matter there's a good bit of action throughout, so the comedy is laced with a lot of violence.
This is yet another one of those movies that I liked a lot but that a good many other people didn't much care for. So let the buyer beware.