Though the formula begins to wear thin in this third film from the files of Police Squad, Peter Segal's "The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult," still, is pretty darn funny. Featuring Leslie Nielsen's irrepressible Fran Drebin, the comedy fills nearly ever frame with sight gags, pop culture and political parody, and goofy humor.
The story, involving a criminal plot set to take place at the Academy Awards, is almost inconsequential compared to the wall-to-wall comedy of the film. While the jokes are not always effective, they inject the film with a zippy, goofy energy.
Nielsen, as always, is magnetic, and his recognizable supporting cast is committed to the fun. Segal's direction is capable, and the production's attention falls squarely on the comedy.
Fun, funny, and sometimes smart, the third Naked Gun film is a competent comedy. Though it lacks in the narrative department, Nielsen and company keep the laughter flowing steadily and engagingly.