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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.
Not as funny as the first one, but still pretty hilarious.
Good follow-up to a great spoof...
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A mildly entertaining, straightforward comedy. Nowhere near as good as the uproariously funny first film. This one's just okay.
For me, the best in the trilogy, even more non stop than the first one and also features the funniest scene for me, which is the guard dog getting hooked and pulled onto the roof! Love it!
Everyone is stupider in this one including the idiot security men who speed up the bomb going off and of course, Nordberg parking the van's doors against a pole and then getting stuck on the same pole!
Watch it with a couple of friends and a couple of beers and it's pretty funny.
Does not hold a candle to the original, but has some very funny moments. It's considerably less original, not so much rehashing jokes from the original but borrowing many jokes from the TV series Police Squad that did not make their way into the first film.
That show only had six episodes and I'd imagine most people watching this movie haven't seen any of them, so they're more likely to enjoy this film than I was.
But I did enjoy it. Leslie Nielsen's deadpan delivery is iconic, and many of the visual gags really hit their mark.
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."
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Current number: 1111
Watched: 50% (550 out of 1111)