The Naked Gun (1988)

aka The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

2013 #47
David Zucker | 85 mins | Blu-ray | 1.78:1 | USA / English | 15 / PG-13

The Naked GunClassic spoof from the makers of Airplane! As with that flight-based funny, it seems unlikely I hadn’t seen it ’til now… barring parts caught on TV, which fortunately didn’t dent the overall humour.

Time has arguably blunted it slightly, however: a meeting of anti-American leaders is tinged by most since dying. Era-specific jokes are few, instead offering the usual Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker mix of slapstick, visual puns and wordplay.

Note there’s a not-readily-available extended TV version with more gags. Some sound better than those in this cut!

Still, if gag-based comedy is your bag, there are few finer than Police Squad’s finest.

4 out of 5

The Naked Gun is on Film4 HD at 11:25pm tonight. I have no idea if they show the extended TV version over here.

In the interests of completing my ever-growing backlog, I decided to post ‘drabble reviews’ of some films. One day I may update with a longer piece, but at least there’s something here for posterity.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, a drabble is a complete piece of writing exactly 100 words long.

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