This second chip off the Naked Gun block follows the hallowed tradition of wallowing in stupidity. Still, it’s hard to hate a sequel whose ad copy contains the line “mostly all new jokes”.
The funniest parts of the film are the throwaways, like a newspaper headline that reads DYSLEXIA FOR CURE FOUND. Or when Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), now retired from the LAPD, tries to pull a supermarket shopping trolley out of a string of them that have been jammed together.
Beyond that there are the usual pardoes of hit movies (including The Untouchables and Jurassic Park) and a bizarre plot about a terrorist (Fred Ward) who wants to blow up that most sacred of institutions, the Academy Awards.
Director Peter Segal spends a great deal of energy staging the climactic free-for-all of bullets and pratfalls at the Shrine Auditorium where Drebin mingles disastrously with stars of the calibre of Pia Zadora, Vanna White and Weird Al Yankovic.
To be honest, the finale of The Bodyguard was funnier!
Lt. Frank Drebin
Anna Nicole Smith
Lois De Banzie
Ann B. Davis
Weird Al Yankovic
Mary Lou Retton