Review: ‘Another Stakeout’

A purely escapist entertainment, John Badham's Another Stakeout, a sequel to his 1987 hit, is sillier and less plausible than the first movie, but it's also funnier.

A purely escapist entertainment, John Badham’s Another Stakeout, a sequel to his 1987 hit, is sillier and less plausible than the first movie, but it’s also funnier.

Scripter Jim Kouf’s new comedy-adventure picks up Chris Lecce (Richard Dreyfuss) and Bill Reimers (Emilio Estevez), the two Seattle police detectives, six years later. Estevez is now married and the father of two. Dreyfuss, who is clean-shaven, lives with Maria (Madeleine Stowe, uncredited), the woman he was assigned to observe and fell in love with the first time out.

The eternally feuding cops are appointed to locate Lu Delano (Cathy Moriarty), a missing key witness in the trial of a Las Vegas mobster. This time around, their team also includes Gina Garrett (Rosie O’Donnell), an assertive, tough-talking assistant DA, who insists on bringing along her dog. Once they situate themselves in an elegant house in an upscale neighborhood, pretending to be one big happy family, the real movie and frolic – begins. Most of the humor revolves around comic exchanges between Dreyfuss as Dad, O’Donnell as Mom and Estevez as their grown son.

There’s one hilarious scene, a dinner party hosted by Dreyfuss and O’Donnell for their neighbours (Dennis Farina, Marcia Strassman). The fluency of wisecracks and sight gags in this sequence, which would do Blake Edwards proud, overshadows everything that follows.

Another Stakeout

Production

Touchstone. Director John Badham; Producer Jim Kouf, Cathleen Summers, Lynn Bigelow; Writer Jim Kouf; Camera Roy H. Wagner Editor Frank Morriss; Music Arthur B. Rubinstein Art Lawrence G. Paull

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 109 MIN.

With

Richard Dreyfuss Emilio Estevez Rosie O'Donnell Dennis Farina Marcia Strassman Madeleine Stowe
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