Review: ‘Police Academy’

Police Academy at its core is a harmless, innocent poke at authority that does find a fresh background in a police academy. Women in the film, such as Kim Cattrall as an Ivy League-type and Leslie Easterbrook as a busty sergeant, have almost nothing to do. Marion Ramsey as a timid-voiced trainee is fine in the film's most vivid female part.

Police Academy at its core is a harmless, innocent poke at authority that does find a fresh background in a police academy. Women in the film, such as Kim Cattrall as an Ivy League-type and Leslie Easterbrook as a busty sergeant, have almost nothing to do. Marion Ramsey as a timid-voiced trainee is fine in the film’s most vivid female part.

Co-writer Hugh Wilson, makes his feature film debut as director, and his scenes are short and fragmentary. He gets a fresh comic performance from Michael Winslow as a walking human sound effects system (the film’s most appealing turn).

Through it all, Steve Guttenberg is a likeable rogue in a role that’s too unflappable to set off any sparks.

Police Academy

Production

Warner/Ladd. Director Hugh Wilson; Producer Paul Maslansky; Screenplay Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Hugh Wilson; Camera Michael D. Margulies; Editor Robert Brown, Zach Staenberg; Music Robert Folk; Art Director Trevor Williams

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Steve Guttenberg G.W. Bailey George Gaynes Michael Winslow Kim Cattrall Bubba Smith
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