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
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.
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.
There’s nothing tremendously visual about the film. You’ll get the same enjoyment regardless of the device you choose to watch it on.
One of the my favorite scenes is when Frank goes to get information from a local informant. Here’s the clip: