Well, looks like it's time to set up some rules. I'm not too picky, so all I have to say…
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 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.
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.
Lt. Frank Drebin: Hector Savage. From Detroit. Ex-boxer. His real name was Joey Chicago.
Ed Hocken: Oh, yeah. He fought under the name of Kid Minneapolis.
Nordberg: I saw Kid Minneapolis fight once. In Cincinnati.
Lt. Frank Drebin: No you're thinking of Kid New York. He fought out of Philly.
Ed Hocken: He was killed in the ring in Houston. By Tex Colorado. You know, the Arizona Assassin.
Nordberg: Yeah, from Dakota. I don't remember if it was North or South.
Lt. Frank Drebin: North. South Dakota was his brother. From West Virginia.
Ed Hocken: You sure know your boxing.
Lt. Frank Drebin: All I know is never bet on the white guy.
No film can exist as disposable product. BluRay, DVD, cable, on-demand, Hulu, Netflix, Vudu, revival screenings: any number of options exist to make sure that a film is never truly out of view. As Mel Brooks put it: "Now every movie goes to heaven."
So what happens to the movies that were obviously meant to last six months? By the time The Smell of Fear made it to Cinemax it was already a musty product of a bygone era. Seemingly half of the jokes are directed at HW Bush's administration, each clunker driven home by a celebrity impersonator hell-bent on setting fire to the idea of political satire in the age of talkies. Robert Goulet appears as the setup man…
"Isn't that right, Mr....POOPY PANTS!?"
Very funny sequel to the great "The Naked Gun".
Awfully big mustache.
There is a scene where a man falls from a building but lands safely on the awning, brushes himself off to walk away - and then gets attacked by a lion.
Even though this film is a big step down from the first, how can you dislike a film as stupid as that?
Hey! Es una de esas secuelas que a pesar de no ser tan buenas como la original, casi, casi llegan a las mismas alturas.
Ridiculous. Some funny stuff but still not good.
"I'm single! I love being single! I haven't had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!" - Lt. Frank Drebin
The second film of the Naked Gun trilogy may not be quite as hilarious as the first film, but I still laughed quite a lot through its running time. Leslie Nielsen is great once again as the bumbling Frank Drebin and the rest of the cast is good too. The film offers many great lines of dialogue that had me laughing as well as some great sight gags. I also love the short running time that all these movies have. Solid sequel right here. 7.5/10