This much better sequel is a clever spoof of Rambo and a dozen other movies that employs the usual scattershot Airplane! approach but boasts a higher shooting percentage than its forebear.

This much better sequel is a clever spoof of Rambo and a dozen other movies that employs the usual scattershot Airplane! approach but boasts a higher shooting percentage than its forebear.

The latest raid uses the Rambo and Missing in Action series to pull the audience along, and finds time to throw in clever skewerings of numerous other films, among them Apocalypse Now, Casablanca, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, even Lady and the Tramp.

Charlie Sheen, with wild locks and a buffed-up physique, returns as Topper Harley, recruited by a former commander (Richard Crenna, a brilliant bit of casting due to his Rambo role) and a stunningly limber CIA agent (Brenda Bakke) to try to rescue US servicemen held prisoner after Desert Storm.

Valeria Golino also returns as Sheen’s former love interest though Bakke, with her impossibly short dresses, serves as the primary ice cube-melting surface this time around.

Technically, pic doesn’t cut corners just because it’s a parody. If you haven’t seen The Crying Game, don’t read the closing credits.

Hot Shots! Part Deux

Production

20th Century-Fox. Dir Jim Abrahams; Producer Bill Badalato; Screenplay Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft; Camera John R. Leonetti; Editor Malcolm Campbell; Music Basil Poledouris Art Dir William A. Elliott

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Charlie Sheen Lloyd Bridges Valeria Golino Richard Crenna Brenda Bakke Miguel Ferrer
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