Police Academy 3: Back in Training
Run for cover!
When police funding is cut, the Governor announces he must close one of the academies. To make it fair, the two police academies must compete against each other to stay in operation. Mauser persuades two officers in Lassard's academy to better his odds, but things don't quite turn out as expected...
Masterpiecity is in the eye of the beholder. This is objectively a really terrible movie, but I don’t care. My dad had two bootleg VHS tapes with parts 2 to 5, and we watched them enough times so that they blended into one big Police Academy universe. We quoted many of the cheap jokes over and over again, we laughed preemptively at the cheap gags that were only about to happen, and in secret, I tried over and over again to do that thing Michael Winslow does with his voice. I never succeeded.
There’s a part of me that finds the movie awfully cringeworthy today, but that hardly matters. There’s a part of me that can find a few defensible…
In this one, two rival Police Academys face off to see which one deserves to stay open. You can guess what happens at the end.
Film has all the usual stuff (Blue Oyster Bar, the guy with the sound effects, Tackleberry, mental Captain Lassard etc). One of the better entries in the series, IMHO. Some laugh-out-loud moments in there.
Sadly, Larvelle Jones is pushed to the background a bit as we have a herd of new characters introduced to the series. In spite of the series' most interesting character giving up some screen time, this is a bit stronger than its predecessors. It's still not much more than a bunch of gags based on caricatures taped together, but the gags are a lot better.
Of note in this installment: the possible mental deficiency of Larvelle Jones is directly addressed by the news Japanese recruit. Jones declares that his head is just fine. I am entirely convinced that he grew up as an only child, gets easily bored and needs to find ways of entertaining himself.
The series starts to get a tad goofy here but the jet ski chase is fantastic. Making Sweetchuck and Zed a comedy duo was a great idea.
Not as good as 1 & 2, but still a decent enough bit of slapstick, even if the comedy does get a lot more PG, and the writers just seemed to have written in random scenes to give Michael Winslow an excuse to make some voice gags.
Still, a series of films that will always have a very special place in my heart, no matter what film snobs / critics may say about them (the later installments anyway...)
I'm surprised that there still really good, 3rd one in and still as good as the first lets hope all 7 stay that :)
Still funny, not as good as the first two, but has moments that are simply brilliant, and it is the same kind of humour as the previous films so you have a great feeling of consistancy.
You know, I find it hard to know which one was which these days. But inevitably, there I'll be, eating a sandwich on a quiet Saturday afternoon - maybe turkey and ham, perhaps even cream cheese and peppers, and there it is - a Police Academy movie. May even be half an hour in - doesn't matter. I'll still stop and watch the whole thing, then wait for a bit I recognise so I can laugh and see if I remember the dialogue.
Decided to watch 2 and 3 without watching the superior original first which makes these usually look bad. It was a good idea as I thoroughly enjoyed these two. They are no masterpieces but still a lot of good 80s fun.