The Reviewing Network’s Favorite Movies #7: The Naked Gun 2 1/2 & 33 1/3


Seeing as it’s my favorite comedy of all time, we might as well talk about the sequels to The Naked Gun because quite honestly, they are just as good as the first movie starting off with The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell Of Fear:

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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear is a 1991 comedy film. It is the sequel to the 1988 film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! and the second installment in The Naked Gun film series. The film stars Leslie Nielsen as the comically bumbling Police Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad!. Priscilla Presley plays the role of Jane, with O.J. Simpson as Nordberg and George Kennedy as police captain Ed Hocken. The film also features Robert Goulet (who previously made a “special guest star” appearance on Police Squad!) as the villainous Quentin Hapsburg and Richard Griffiths as renewable fuel advocate Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer (as well as his evil double, Earl Hacker). Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mel Tormé and members of the Chicago Bears have cameo roles.

David Zucker returns from the first entry as director and screenwriter of the film. Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker serve as executive producers for the film and receive writing credit due to their contributions to the first entry of the series and the Police Squad! television series. However, neither contributed to the screenplay for the film.

Making a sequel to such a classic comedy is a tricky thing to do but I’ll be damned if the Zucker brothers made a movie that was as equally as good as the first movie, this was right back at the time when spoof comedy was at its’ highest with the Zucker Brothers, Mel Brooks, and Jim Abrahams were just making these continuously funny spoof comedies.

And Naked Gun 2 1/2 had a lot of the same magic and spirit that made the first movie so hilarious, the great humor, the great cast led by the late great Leslie Nielsen, everything that made the first movie so good is in this one and it’s definitely one of the best comedy sequels of all time by far.

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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult is a 1994 comedy film, and the third and final installment in The Naked Gun film series, which was based on the Police Squad! television series.

The “33⅓” in the title is a reference to the speed at which long playing (LP) phonograph records (gramophone records) play. The film was originally going to be titled The Naked Gun 33⅓: Just for the Record, but was changed after the studio felt that audiences would not get the joke. It was also going to simply be titled The Naked Gun 3: The Final Insult, according to some Christmas 1993 video previews.

Leslie Nielsen returns as Lieutenant Frank Drebin (his original character from Police Squad!), along with Priscilla Presley as Jane Spencer Drebin, O. J. Simpson (his last film released before the notorious murders and his subsequent trial) as Officer Nordberg and George Kennedy as Captain Ed Hocken. Newcomers to the series Fred Ward, Anna Nicole Smith, and Kathleen Freeman co-star as a gang of bombers set to blow up the Academy Awards ceremony. Raye Birk reprises his role as the villainous “Pahpshmir” from The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!.

Yes, this is the “weakest” of the trilogy but in the same sense that Back To The Future Part III is the “weakest” of the trilogy in that, it’s not quite as good as the first two movies but a lot of that magic that made the first two movies so good is still here.

The jokes still work, the great opening parody with The Untouchables is nicely done, the chemistry between the cast still works, Leslie Nielsen can still deliver the knockout laughs in this, there are a couple of jokes that do fall flat or are very much dated but they are very few and far between. And for that, a great comedic trilogy comes to an end on just as great of a note as the first two films did.

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