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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: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  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. Mar 27, 2011
    2005: Serenity is released, a continuation of a brilliant TV show which had little viewers and was cancelled after one season. But that wasn't the first instance of that happening. 1988: The Naked Gun is released, 6 years after the cancellation of the TV series Police Squad! There were a number of character changes, like Officer Norberg, a caucasian character, becoming OJ Simpsons character, Officer Nordberg, but are we really complaining? After returning from taking down a terrorist act made up of famous leaders, in one of the films best scenes, Lieutenant Frank Drebin begins working on a case where his best friend and partner, Officer Nordberg, is hospitalised and framed for dealing in heroin. Along his investigation, Frank comes across his love interest, Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley) and her employer, Ludwig (played by Khan himself, Ricardo Montalban), with the latter involved in a plot to assassinate the queen through post hypnotic suggestions. When you read the plot, it sounds utterly ridiculous, and in any other movie, the plot would fail along with the film, but this movie makes it work. The Naked Gun knows exactly what it is, a slapstick humourous take on cop films, and it takes that ludicrous plot and makes it work, and it doesn't hurt that they add some hilarious moments. One of the films best ever scenes includes an encounter at the hospital which follows up into a car chase. Another brilliant moment includes Frank investigating into Ludwigs office at night, which manages to include fire, a concrete **** (i'm not joking here) and a possible sexual harrasment case against the poor lieutenant. The Naked Gun is also something which is rare nowadays: A good spoof movie. The reason it doesnt fail like the spoof movies which have been released in the past decade or so is because it doesn't try to spoof films directly, therefore not having any original or funny jokes. It spoofs a genre, police films, and makes its own way rather than recycling plot points form movies in the same genre, and it manages to make original AND funny jokes. The Naked Gun stars the late, yet great Leslie Nielsen as Lieutenant Frank Drebin of the Police Squad. He says some hilarious things and does a lot of slapstick throughout, but plays it all off completely straight faced, and it utterly works. Frank Drebin does some stupid things, but thanks to Nielsens brilliant performance, you can see that he doesn't acknowledge these things as stupid, just merely believes its all right in the line of duty. Oh, and you have to give props for this snippet of dialogue: "When I see five men stabbing a poor man to death in plain view, surrounded by eyewitnesses', I shoot the bastards, thats my policiy" "That was a Shakespeare in the park performance of Julius Caeser. You shot five actors, good ones!" I have never done this before, but this film deserves it. Below are a list of Youtube links to some of The Naked Guns scenes, if you want to see what the fuss is all about, if you want to revisit one of the best comedies of the 80s or if you just want a damn good laugh. Enjoy Opening Scene: Hospital and Car Chase: Fire and Concrete **** Funniest Moments: Nordberg in Hospital: If by the end of this film you haven't laughed once at all, you must be a robot. One of the funniest movies in the history of ever! Expand
  3. Jun 26, 2011
    This had been my undisputed #1 comedy film for a long time. It's one of these movies you can watch over and over again. The comedic genius is over flowing and Leslie Nielsen is perfect. Be sure to keep your eyes on the background or you'll miss it all. 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. Collapse

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