Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988)


“[a shark starts swimming toward the beach and everybody is running away until the shark swims right up to Tackleberry’s gun] . You leave the swimming area NOW, Mister! ” – Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 90’s and 19 Oct 2005 and 21 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The misfits of the Police Academy travel to a Police conference in Miami in order to honor the commandant of the Academy, Lassard.

My Take on it – One would assume that after 4 films featuring the misfits of the Police Academy, the stories would get really bad, but that’s not really the case here.

This film follows a similar plot formula to the previous entries and actually stays somewhat entertaining along the way.

It’s fun to watch the characters we all know and appreciate come back fro more laughs and there are numerous places where this film manages to elicit laughter (or even a chuckle) at the antics that they pull here.

The addition of Matt McCoy and Janet Jones help keep things fresh and fun.

I also really enjoyed seeing Rene Auberjonois as the bumbling villain which is so against type for him.

George Gaynes still looks as if he is having so much fun making these films.

Don’t misunderstand me, this film isn’t great at all, but it is a nice way to laugh away an afternoon with mindless fun.

Bottom Line – Even after 5 entries in the franchise, it still manages to be mildly entertaining. The additions of Matt McCoy and Janet Jones to the regular cast helps keep things a bit interesting.  Fun seeing Auberjonois as a bumbling villain. Gaynes still has so much fun with role that it always brings a smile to my face.  This is quite formulaic but still manages to deliver a bunch of laughs (or even chuckles) along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987) was released, acerbic critic Rex Reed swore, “If they make another Police Academy movie, I’ll leave the business.” At the time, Paul Maslansky said, “Reed’s one of the reasons I’m making Police Academy 5. I expect him to be a man of his word.” To Maslansky’s disappointment, Reed was not. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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