For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Spoof/Parody Movies, here’s a review of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988) by Me
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Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Simon of Moustache Movie News and it is Road Trip Movies.
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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – Who knows?? (Theater in ’88, cable, video, DVD, 2 Mar 2002 and 15 Nov 2015 and 28 Nov 2017)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – An LA Cop must try and stop a terrorist organization from assassinating the Queen of England while she is visiting LA.
My Take on it – This is a film that I truly could discuss for hours because it is so funny in a clever way.
This is Leslie Nielsen’s best role and of course best film IMHO.
His portrayal of Frank Drebin has turned that role into such an iconic one that will be hard for anyone to try and top.
This film is a typical Zucker-Abrams-Zucker production from the 80’s that gets the the mix of slapstick comedy along with hilarious dialogue just right.
This film makes me laugh so hard every time I see it no matter how many times it’s been viewed and it doesn’t matter that I know the jokes by heart or what will happen.
Of the trilogy of Naked Gun films, this is the only one that is really any good because it’s hilarious and also has a fun and normal story.
This is a non-stop laugh-a-thon and they were able to include so many clever and spot on jokes that properly spoof police and detective films over and over.
It’s hard to choose a part of the film that is my favorite, but being a baseball fan, I’ll always love watching those scenes the most.
Keep an eye out for OJ Simpson playing a supporting role in his attempt to become famous in the world of Hollywood.
Bottom Line – Nielen’s best role by far. He was able to turn Drebin into such an iconic character that will never be able to be matched. The mixture of slapstick comedy along with hilarious ZAZ style dialogue makes this film so much fun no matter how many times one watches it. This is really the only one of the Naked Gun Trilogy that has merit when it comes to a great plot along with a consistently good array of humorous situations and anecdotes. This film is a non-stop laugh-a-thon because it is so well made and many of the jokes about cops or detectives seem really thought out. The baseball scenes are my favorite, but it’s all superb really. Look for OJ Simpson in a role that he hoped would break him out into the Hollywood spotlight. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie is a big-screen version of the cult cop spoof series Police Squad! (1982). The title was changed to avoid confusion with the Police Academy series of films, which were also co-created by Pat Proft. David Zucker remembers that they were given a list of about 20 potential titles, and they chose ‘The Naked Gun’ because it ‘promised so much more than it could possibly deliver’. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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