Genre Guesstimation – Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Ashleigh of The Movie Oracle and it is Spoof/Parody Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of November by sending them to spoofashleigh@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Ashleigh!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Parody/Spoof Movies.

“Half the payment now. Half tomorrow. Half on delivery. ” – Gen. Morters

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’93 and 16 Nov 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Two mismatched detectives must work together in order to stop a former general from selling Girl Scout cookies laced with cocaine.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of the action genre of the 80’s and 90’s.

This film attempts to spoof those films and succeeds only partially in doing so.

The gags, spoofs and jokes come one after the other, but unfortunately, many of them just don’t hit their target and aren’t as funny as I recalled them being at the time.

Samuel L. Jackson and Emilio Estevez are both fine here and do a nice job impersonating their Lethal Weapon counterparts, but neither of them really stand out here.

The plot is far from coherent and it doesn’t even seem that they are trying to have a story that makes sense which is what has helped numerous other parodies from being quite successful.

This film is filled with lots and lots of celebrity cameos but even they can’t help make this more fun to watch.

I have always loved the Bruce Willis cameo, but even that one doesn’t completely work.

The jokes just get too tiresome quite quickly and it just doesn’t work like I had hoped it would.

Bottom Line – Not as funny as I recalled it being. Jackson and Estevez both do fine jobs imitating their Lethal Weapon counterparts, but neither of them really stand out.  The cast is filled with some great cameos by that still doesn’t help make this film any more entertaining to watch. Unlike other parodies that actually try to have a somewhat coherent plot, this film is just a collection of jokes, gags and spoofs of other films in the genre and gets tiresome all too quickly

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was originally intended to be a film based on the Sledge Hammer! (1986) television series, as the show’s creator, Alan Spencer, had a deal with New Line to produce a film for them. However, Spencer hated all of the scripts that were handed to him (since they did not meet the show’s plot or tone) and severed ties shortly thereafter. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. This is just a collection of cameos and spoofs of other films in the genre without being able to find its own voice.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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