So what's happened so far? A gaggle of society's goofiest citizens have
taken advantage of a new policy to loosen hiring standards at the
police force and actually made it through despite efforts from all
directions to get them thrown out. They embark on their first
assignment, which is to turn around Commandant Lassard's beloved
precinct 16, which has been dubbed the worst precinct in the city and
given 30 days to turn around or suffer some major employee turnover, a
fate which is relentlessly helped along by the eternally butt- kissing
Captain Mauser. They display a spectacular feat of water-borne police
work, saving the academy and then return in the next movie to beat the
city's other police academy when it turns out that the governor decides
it's not worth the money to keep them both open.
Oh, and of course you all realize who is in this thing, right? None
less than Sharon Stone, David Spade in his first film, and Tony Hawk in
an early stunt-skateboarding role! You gotta see this!
This time, Commandant Lassard has come up with a scheme he calls
Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P. Get it? Get it?), in which he elaborates
slightly on the plot of the original movie. You see, the police force
has been stretched a little too thin and the public has developed a
negative opinion of them due to the fact that they can't be everywhere
at all times to stop every single crime in the city. So the natural
solution, of course, is to train the public as deputy police officers
and basically have briefly trained undercover cops all over the city.
In fact, so close is the resemblance to the first movie that we are
even treated to a couple characters who are forced to join the police
academy or face jail time an idea suggested, of course, by Mahoney
This is the best part of the movie, by the way. There is a hilarious
gang of skateboarding punks who are disturbing the peace left and
right, headed by none other than David Spade, who is a hardened urban
predator if I've ever seen one. Thug life, baby!!
Sharon Stone also has a relatively small role in the film, although
probably one of the ons that she would like to forget about, and
Lieutenant Harris is back after being gone for the last two movies. All
of the other relevant cast members return, with the addition of a new
group of misfits, like the token fat black guy, David Spade and his
idiot skateboarder friend, and Tackleberry's FATHER-in-law. Remember
that guy? Who is always gleefully punching out his son? I can't wait
until the grandparents start joining!
But don't worry, until then we have Mrs. Feldman to hold us over.
Here's this sweet old lady living in a nursing home/military barracks
and who has more of a love of all things camouflaged than Tackleberry
himself. In fact, I was waiting the whole movie for her to tell her
that she's his long lost mother, but no such luck. Something went wrong
with the screen writing in there somewhere, but ultimately she turns
out to be one of the most consistently funny characters in the movie.
She's played with a good-natured smile by Billie Bird, who clearly
enjoyed herself while making the movie. You can always tell when the
actors are having a good time, and it always makes the movie better,
which is good because this movie needs a lot of help!
Of course, it's not much different than the last three movies as far as
being worth watching. Bud and his father are still trading punches and
it's still more groan-inducing than laugh- inducing, people are still
accidentally wandering into the Blue Oyster Club, which hasn't been
funny for three movies by now (Proctor inadvertently wandering in naked
was the high point of this gag, but also the point where it becomes the
most clear that the joke has lost its steam), and Jones is still doing
that Bruce Lee impersonation which was funny in the first movie when I
was a kid, but as an adult not so much
But, Callahan has a great wet
t-shirt scene that makes the whole movie worthwhile!
Oh, and was Mahoney's mischievous grin ever amusing? That poor guy,
man. His reputation has for some reason become so tarnished that he is
seen by most of the public as even more of a washed up has-been than,
umm, well no one else really comes to mind. Bill Paxton? Nah, he's
cool, I think. I never needed to forgive him for Weird Science, but
Guttenburg unfortunately has a whole string of bad sequels to make up
for, and Cocoon and Short Circuit are just not gonna cut it! At any
rate, super-gluing the loudspeaker to Harris' face was funny, but why
they missed out on the opportunity to have Harris screaming through it
at high volume at the doctors in the hospital I just can't understand.
The screenwriters are not scoring many points in this one!
But still, this is one of the better Police Academies so far. This one
and part 3 are the best ones in the series that I've seen so far,
despite the hilarious 1980s badness (there's a boot- legging crime
lord, for example, who operates his illegal warehouse standing around
with a fistful of cash and a hula hoop around his shoulders), but there
definitely are some fun gags. Harris macing his armpits is one is one
of the more memorable gags in the whole series, along with Mauser
getting his hands glued to his hair, and I have to admit that I enjoyed
some of the scenes of the original recruits trying to recruit the
public for the new C.O.P. program. It's not a good movie, but it's a
good Police Academy movie!