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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Published July 24, 2016

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Film info

  • Title The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
  • Director David Zucker
  • Year 1988
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Crime, Comedy
  • Tagline The villain. Even Mother Teresa wanted him dead

Those screw-loose Airplane! creators have done it again! Leslie Nielsen stars as Police Squad's own granite-jawed, rockbrained cop Frank Drebin, who bumbles across a mind control scheme to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, a stuffed beaver, two baseball teams and an odd assortment of others join the wacko goings-on and blow the laugh-o-meter to smithereens.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:29 He seems a bit old to be the next James Bond, but hey.
5:59 Don’t know how to feel about OJ creeping around looking shifty.
10:01 A 10% chance of 50/50? Don’t make me do maths.
16:39 Chalk outline on the water. So stoopid, I love it.
20:55 Deadly fish are scary!
23:43 What does Viking food consist of?
26:37 Anti-graffiti wall! Kinda genius.
35:07 You can’t get away with ‘nothing to see here’ on a normal day, let alone in a fireworks factory situation.
37:01 “I’m boiling a roast.” Bleurgh.
42:22 Dammit, haven’t seen Platoon yet.
52:11 Love that the Chinese leftovers are from a place that’s closed down. Gross.
54:38 “He’s got a picture of your wife.”
1:00:28 I can’t imagine the Queen has four hours to sit around watching baseball.
1:11:30 Queen doing a Mexican wave tho.
1:18:25 Marching bands are causing chaos whilst playing jaunty music.
1:22:56 Love using the one liner quotes for those people in the credits. Instead of making up characters.

Conclusions

I had been nervous before watching Airplane! because I knew how highly regarded it was. However, this time, I knew I was in safe hands because it’s all the same people doing pretty much the same things, just in a different setting.

I actually found myself laughing out loud more than I’d anticipated, it was funny all the way through. Some of the jokes were crude, some obvious, some more nuanced and detailed, I really liked the variety.

It was a bit weird watching OJ in a film but thankfully he wasn’t in it that much, and when he was, he was just being thrown around for comic effect anyway. I was also surprised how many liberties the script writers were allowed to take with the Queen! Bit dated in places, but overall entertaining.

Rating: 3/5.

Rating: 3 / 5

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