Review: ‘Naked Gun 33: The Final Insult’

Paramount's third spin of The Naked Gun is loaded with the usual barrage of irreverent, politically incorrect and virtually non-stop gags. This latest platter offers some killers, perhaps the most inspired being its The Untouchables spoof that precedes the credits. Those keeping track, however, will also see references, seldom subtle, to such diverse sources as Thelma & Louise, White Heat and The Crying Game.

Paramount’s third spin of The Naked Gun is loaded with the usual barrage of irreverent, politically incorrect and virtually non-stop gags. This latest platter offers some killers, perhaps the most inspired being its The Untouchables spoof that precedes the credits. Those keeping track, however, will also see references, seldom subtle, to such diverse sources as Thelma & Louise, White Heat and The Crying Game.

The latest is thinner in the plot department than the others. Police squad detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) has retired and taken to the domestic life, while his wife prosecutes child-support cheats.

Frank gets talked into returning to the force, going under cover to bunk up with a terrorist (Fred Ward) and the terrorist’s mob, including his snarling mother (Kathleen Freeman) and bombshell girlfriend (super-model Anna Nicole Smith).

By now Nielsen, Priscilla Presley and the other regs can virtually mail in their performances, which give shameless mugging a good name. Ward’s an effective bad guy, while Smith’s wonder-of-modern-engineering outfits almost prompt one to ignore that, based on this perf, she should probably stick to modeling.

Naked Gun 33: The Final Insult

Production

Paramount. Director Peter Segal; Producer Robert K. Weiss, David Zucker; Screenplay Pat Proft, David Zucker, Robert LoCash; Camera Robert Stevens; Editor Jim Symons; Music Ira Newborn; Art Director Lawrence G. Paull

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1994. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Leslie Nielsen Priscilla Presley George Kennedy O.J. Simpson Fred Ward Kathleen Freeman
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