Cocky parking lot attendant Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) joins the police force during a recruitment drive where admission standards are relaxed to the point of absurdity.
His alternative, after a career as a minor troublemaker, is a spell in jail.
Mahoney leads a group of oddballs, who probably shouldn’t even be allowed to watch cops on television, into police training, where they clash with authority but prove themselves in the end.
It’s hard to imagine that, back in 1984, anyone would have thought this would spawn six sequels as well as a cartoon series. Yet somehow it managed to strike a chord with audiences around the world and made a star (well, briefly anyway) out of Steve Guttenberg.
And, while the follow-ups became increasingly puerile as the series went on, the original film produced its fair share of belly laughs.
G W Bailey