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  • Summary: Leslie Nielsen stars as Police Squad's own granite-jawed, rock-brained 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. (Paramount) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun - and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.
  2. More juvenile than a Mel Brooks movie, wittier than "Get Smart," almost as low as "Animal House" and close to the laugh count of "Airplane!", "Gun" is a loving parody of every cop show that ever syndicated its way to your living room. [2 Dec 1988]
  3. 88
    Reviewing The Naked Gun... is like reporting on a monologue by Rodney Dangerfield - you can get the words but not the music.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Bottom-line funny, often convulsively so. [2 Dec 1988]
  5. You don't walk out thinking or feeling anything in particular, except satisfied that you got your money's worth and maybe even got a little tired from laughing so hard. [2 Dec 1988]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    A continuous stream of verbal and visual gags that come so fast, you don't have time to realize how bad/old/corny they are.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Like the ZAZ lads' other films, this is a movie made for a VCR Saturday night. They supply the jokes; you bring the microwave popcorn and modest expectations. [12 Dec 1988]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    Unequivocally the greatest of its kind, "The Naked Gun" is a gut-busting satire with just enough crass gags to make you want to roll on the ground in tears. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2010
    One of the best, if not THE best, slapstick movie ever created. The fast-paced gags and visual humor will give even the angriest person a big fat smirk on their face. While not perfect in every way, it's so darn good I can't help but overlook those minor annoyances and give it a full ten out of ten. Expand
  3. Apr 22, 2011
    With non-stop laughs and a terribly brilliant plot, 'The Naked Gun' is a classic gem, and possibly Leslie Nielson's funniest film (maybe just beaten by 'Flying High'). Expand
  4. Mar 12, 2012
    With quite the lengthy title It's satifsying that the movie itself is exactly the opposite, in no way being tiresome or tedious. 'The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!' in the first film in It's respective trilogy and proves that movie adaptations based on television programs can indeed work if excelled at. If you're a fan of laugh-a-minute, side-splitting comedies then this flick WILL bring about the funnies in more ways than one. Simply put, It's slapstick comedy at Its near-finest and is one of the best flicks I have over my entire life. Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2014
    Absolutely hilarious, just like Airplane. The Naked Gun is a joke a minute satire that may be based around dirty jokes and gags, but it is entirely fantastic. It is a tad over the top, but that is the point. Much like Airplane, the pace is very very fast, especially when it comes to jokes, which leaves you laughing continously and having to pause the movie to stop laughing and catch your breath briefly. The great part about a comedy like this is that the plot is irrelevant. They try to establish one, of course, but really, it does not matter. The jokes cover up any type of plot and any cliches are entirely intentional. This and Airplane are clear pinnacles of comedy. Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2013
    Leslie Nielson proves his dominance as a comedy icon, he takes his alter-ego Frank Drebin of Police Squad to the big screen, and gag after gag proves this to be one of the best comedies created, its simple and ridiculous story, larger than life characters and real life references and subtle pokes make this enjoyable from beginning to end.
    Lt. Drebin of Police Squad is suspicious of businessman Vincent Ludwig (Ricardo Montalbán) after Drebin's longtime partner is put in hospital after attempting a drug bust, to disastrous but also hilarious results involving bear traps, wedding cakes and wet paint. The hilarity continues as he attempts to investigate basically on his own, and he stumbles upon a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Los Angeles.
    He is helped but also hampered by the woman he immediately falls for, Jane Spencer, (Priscilla Presley) who works with Ludwig. As Frank digs deeper into Ludwig and his business, his discoveries soon lead him into very hot water with the Mayor.
    The Naked Gun relies on visual gags along with the superior acting skills of Nielson, and in both ways it delivers on all accounts, whether its a simple name on a door that is back to front or suitcases being thrown out of the plane ands entirely missing the carrier, these background gags work best when have Nielson's serious face but bumbling personality of Drebin directly in front of you.
    A movie as absurd and often immature is indeed quite difficult to review and put into words what is trying to be said, you will laugh at the entire film and when it ends you will question what you were even laughing at, or you will simply not feel good about the fact you laughed. But this is perhaps the genius of the writers, observing the elephant in the room, they address exactly what is considered ridiculous, stupid and downright immature and throw it back in your face, here's a pie, lets throw it at someone.
    But the film also turns many tricks and other films of similar genres to parody, a particular scene where Frank is coaxing information out of a man and they in turn swap the money that Frank originally had, it is silly, hysterical but also witty in its own way.
    The Naked Gun deserves a status of one of the best comedies, it knows exactly what it is, never tries to be better and calls all its own shots, with Leslie Neilson at the helm, it was always aiming high, and for good reason too.
  7. Jan 14, 2012
    I liked the series but this film sucked imo. Recycled a bit from the series and it really was just so stale and so stupid that I couldnt even come close to putting it in the same catagory as I did the series. Really disapointed with this. Expand

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