Title: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Director: David Zucker Year: 1988 Run time: 1hr 42m
“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.”
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.
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.