Expertly produced in the mold of slick, juvenile action comedies like Ivan Reitman’s Kindergarten Cop, this buddy cop picture casts budding comic actor Sylvester Stallone (Oscar) and proven laugh-getter Estelle Getty (TV’s Golden Girls) as a beleagured LA lawman and his aggravating mother.
Visiting from the east coast, the hyper-meddlesome Getty, as New Jersey widow Tutti Bomowski, proves second to none in embarassing the pants off her Joey (Stallone). Knowing that her visit will be brief is all that keeps Joey sane, but then his mother becomes a key witness in a drive-by shooting, and the cops ask her to stay on indefinitely. Before long she’s pushed her way even further into Joey’s business as his pistol-packing partner in some perilous escapades.
Stallone, in a slim, articulate and disciplined incarnation, is the model of the amiable, put-upon comic hero, while the tiny Getty, her familiar technique and timing honed to a cutting edge, is worth triple her weight in ticket stubs.
Director Roger Spottiswoode delivers purely pro product in his adept handling of both action and comedy scenes. JoBeth Williams is typically excellent in the light comic role of the precinct lieutenant who’s also Joey’s neglected flame.