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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.
The 2nd in the Naked Gun trilogy. Not a very long long movie, that when you remove the beginning and end, there's not a long in between (and you feel it). The gags are still funny and Leslie Nielsen is in fine form.
Again, genuine still laugh out loud moments that make you laugh either because of the line, or the delivery. A strong follow-up.
"The Naked Gun" series is such a classic. Spoofs on the period of the franchise's emergence had been at the top of their game, with the likes of "Spaceballs" and "Airplane". Though "2 1/2" is not as iconic as the original, it is sure still worth seeing every bit of poke in pop culture.
Leslie Nielsen returns as the clueless and deadpan Lt. Frank Drebin in another case involving renewable energy being used to take over the world. And the rest is pretty routinary.
Like I said, the plot seemed the less drawn effort but most effort was put on its impressive laughs. Nielsen still kills it as Drebin, his most iconic character next to his character in "Airplane". And…
RIP Leslie Nielsen, the parodic hero we all deserve whenever trouble smells close.
Lieutenant Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend's new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy. - IMDB
As I've stated before, the best thing about these movies is those throw away one-liner jokes. You know they're coming, but they can still slap you upside the head with some funny.
Frank: That's the red light district. Wonder why Sevage is hanging out down there?
Ed: Sex Frank?
Frank: Ahh, not right now Ed, we got work to do.
My least favourite of the Naked Gun movies.
Just as funny as the first
A classic comical extravaganza with guaranteed cringe- and facepalm-factor. As a thundering barrage of bad jokes and terrible ideas, this movie's surprisingly refreshing storytelling and realization make it an excellent display of self-deprecating cinematic comedy.
Alright, here's the deal: There is no way to describe the Naked Gun series without sounding like a moron or a twat. The movie fits in perfectly into the police-comedy genre, and is right up there with Police Academy and Beverly Hills Cop.
Not as funny as the first one, but still pretty hilarious.
Good follow-up to a great spoof...
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