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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,…
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.
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 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.
Only a smattering of them truly hit, but the sheer amount of gags thrown at the viewer is somewhat endearing.
I remember being moderately disappointed by this as a kid, thinking all the jokes were in the trailer, but I was only 14 and delving into "cinema" at that point. Watching it again, now, after seeing so damn many comedies that are simply not funny, I will say that this not only holds up, but it is damn near as good as the first one. (i nearly put it was better than the first, but I think I may have just seen the first one a lot more.)
Watching it on Netflix the other night with my wife, who had never seen it, was great. We had just recently watched the old Police Squad! TV show, too, so she was…
"yeah, you know, a white guy. a moustache. about six foot three."
"awfully big moustache."
Certainly not as funny or memorable as the first film in the trilogy, but definitely has its moments of ridiculous brilliance that the first one was full of! If you loved 'The Naked Gun', chances are that you'll enjoy yourself with this sequel!
A few small laughs now and then isn't enough to save this from being a mediocre and inferior sequel.
The marginal best of the series but still not as funny as I remember it being.
While not quite as funny as the first one, this Naked Gun movie still has enough charming Leslie Nielsen and glorious silliness to be delightfully entertaining.
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Current number: 1082
Watched: 49% (535 out of 1082)