StakeOut is a slick, sure-footed entertainment, one part buddy comedy and one part police actioner stitched together with a dash of romance.
Richard Dreyfuss is a reckless cop whose life is unraveling slowly. While he’s on familiar ground talking his way out of tight spots and jousting with partner Emilio Estevez, when the plot calls for rough stuff, it’s a stretch he doesn’t make.
As the more stable, but still mischievous anchor of the pair, Estevez is likable, if a bit flat. He’s not an actor with a great gift for comedy, and many of his exchanges with Dreyfuss lack chemistry.
As Seattle cops (the film was shot in Vancouver), the wisecracking duo is assigned to a routine stakeout where they are supposed to wait for an escaped con (Aidan Quinn) to contact his ex-girlfriend (Madeleine Stowe). Dreyfuss is not a man to wait around for something to happen and, as he barrels into the case, he falls in love with Stowe.