John Badham's THE HARD WAY takes the easy way in this middling hybrid of the comic sendup and police action genres.
Volatile New York City homicide detective John Moss (James Woods) is told by Captain Brix (Delroy Lindo) that he's being taken off the infamous "Party Crasher" serial killer case to partner with well-known action hero Nick Lang (Michael J. Fox), who wants to do undercover research for an upcoming
film role. Moss stalks out of Brix's office, but not before Brix warns him, "You got two ways to deal with this. You got the easy way and the hard way. Do yourself a favor and make the right choice."
No sooner does Moss leave the office than he's kic...