Since I had an advance copy, and since I watched Top Secret! yesterday, I figured I’d go ahead and complete the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker trilogy (memorably named, as a collection, “Laugh, or I’ll Shoot!“).
The Naked Gun looks the best of the three (in terms of craft and presentation), but I personally like it least. Leslie Nielsen’s doughy portrayal of the police lieutenant is right for the role, but I find it less hilarious than the wacky hijinks of Airplane! That’s just my sense of humor, I guess. I liked the original TV series, Police Squad!, just fine, because it moved faster. Which makes sense, with only 20-some minutes to fill instead of the hour-and-a-half here.
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of funny bits — a favorite is the white chalk outline floating in the ocean — and anyone who likes one of these three movies should definitely watch the other two. But this one is unfortunately damaged for me by the presence of O.J. Simpson, minimal as it is, though no one could have predicted that at the time, as well as the increased number of jokes pushing the envelope when it comes to grossness.
This disc has two extras, the theatrical trailer and a commentary by David Zucker and producer Robert Weiss.
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