The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy

Directed by: David Zucker

Written By: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Pat Proft

Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 25min

Two cents:

I think these ZAZ (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker) spoof films work so well because they really don’t let up on the jokes. From beginning to end, it’s just a hilarious combination of slap stick, visual gags and word play. Some of the jokes will take you by surprise, and others telegraph their arrival – but I would say the vast majority hit their mark in The Naked Gun.

The film’s success is partly due to Leslie Nielsen’s great dead-pan performance as Lt. Frank Drebin, but mostly its about the writing. The ZAZ team (plus Pat Proft) do a great job lampooning the detective crime drama genre, and turn every stereotypical plot device on its proverbial head with hilarious results.

Movie Prep:

If you’ve seen any of the spoof movies from the ZAZ team (Airplane, Top Secret), then you’ll likely enjoy this too. The humor is crude, and even childish, but you’re still likely going to find something to laugh at here.

Best Format:

There’s nothing tremendously visual about the film. You’ll get the same enjoyment regardless of the device you choose to watch it on.

Best moment:

One of the my favorite scenes is when Frank goes to get information from a local informant. Here’s the clip:

References: IMDBRotten Tomatoes

1 comment

  1. Cale Morsen

    Maybe because I grew up with it, but I remember NAKED GUN as freaking hilarious and along with AIRPLANE! probably had a formative influence on my sense of humour. Also, nobody can match Leslie Neilsen’s delivery. The way he delivers the most ridiculous lines with such gravitas is unmatched in modern comedy.

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