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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
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Bumbling cop Frank Drebin is out to foil the big boys in the energy industry, who intend to suppress technology that will put them out of business. As always, the jokes (and sight gags) fly like gunfire!
Now it's time for something light and fun after having Amour kick my ass.
While I don't think it's quite as good at the original film, this sequel is still a hilarious chapter of the continuing saga of the airheaded Frank Drebin (Nielsen) and his partners Ed (George Kennedy) and Nordberg (OJ Simpson, back when he was funny in a good way instead of now, where he's just a joke).
As usual for these films, the plot isn't all that important, since it's just a way to move things forward and keep the jokes flowing. The gist is this: President Bush, Sr. announces that his will choose his new national energy policies based on the recommendations from expert Dr. Meinheimer,…
Leslie Nielsen's Frank Drebin returns in "The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear." While the film lacks an impressive story, the laughs are quick and many. Blending parody, sight gags, and multitudinous goofy zingers, the comedy is a pleasing, sometimes smart piece of work.
The film revolves around the attempt of Drebin and his Police Squad squadmates to foil a multi-corporation plot. That plot is not much of a foundation for the film's humor, but the humor is enough to make an audience overlook the narrative.
Nielsen is in fine form, exuding a silly charisma that serves the film well. Director, David Zucker, keeps the gags and energy flowing, and the production itself is, at least, competent.
Sticking to the politics-skewering-and-parody formula of the original film, this sequel provides an amusing 90 minutes. The cast is capable, the jokes are effective, and the whole ridiculous affair boasts satisfying zip.
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear is not as good as the original, but it's still a brilliant parody-comedy. Leslie Nielsen is brilliant as Frank Drebin.
They don't make them like they used to.
The trick isn't quite repeated twice in this sequel to the first, iconic Naked Gun - it doesn't help that pretty much the exact same formula is repeated in terms of narrative, but that thankfully doesn't prevent it still being very funny in many places:
"What would he be doing in the red light district?"
"Uh, not right now, Ed... we've got work to do."
"And this is a genuine piece of Noah's Ark."
"Youre going on Horaldo because of this?"
"No my wife is a transsexual Satan worshipper."
"I'm single! I love being single! I haven't had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader! I mean at the time I was dating a lot."
It may not be a classic like its predecessor but it tickles the funny bone enough to be considered a worthy, enjoyable sequel - if not in the same league as the first.
"All I know is never bet on the white guy."
Some stuff remains constant and reliable throughout this series, like the performances from Nielsen, Kennedy, Presley, and (yeah I'll say it) Simpson. But the introduction of topical jokes and clumsy movie parodies feels even more disheartening in retrospect, since we know the sad fate of the mainstream spoof. This still has a lot of laughs in it, though, and I will continue to treasure the image of George Kennedy struggling with a motor-powered dildo for as long as I live.
Head and shoulders above most spoof movies but while still funny, it really isn't as sharp as the first film. The jokes are more obnoxious and in your face whereas in the first movie there was more finesse and subtlety to them.
I think maybe the problem is that while the original played like a straight genre movie with flashes of the bizarre this sequel throws off the straight/silly ratio and is more overtly madcap.
Still The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear is a fun watch.
"Love is like the ozone layer. You never miss it until it's gone."
Not as funny as the first one, but I do surely like that escaped zoo-animals gag that keeps running throughout the film. The Barbara Bush stuff is pretty great too.
I know that it's dumb, but that's like, the point.
Watching this one right after the first, I found that I preferred the sequel. I thought it was paced better overall. I found the prologue part funnier with it's slapstick than the mish mash fight at the beginning of the original and I thought the jokes hit home more than not in this one.
That being said, a lot of the time the jokes can still fall super flat, and the story is a bit of a throw away, but oooohhh that Robert Goulet!
As with the first the cast is amazing, and I wish comedies nowadays could at least have this sense of fun in them, and not take themselves so seriously.
This is a light fun romp into spoofs of the past. Don't expect too much but still expect to have a few laughs.
To me, it's even better than the first.
The first Naked Gun was a stroke of genius. This one is just a stroke.
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