Reviewed at Seattle Film Festival, June 2, 1999. Running time: 92 MIN.
With: Terence Goodman, David Cale, Jennifer Regan, Michael Hannon, Frank Gorshin, Joey Ramone, Sebastian Bach, John Fugelsang, Uncle Floyd, Daniel Whitner.
Final Rinse” massages the pun-laden dopiness of the “Naked Gun” franchise and the benign eccentricity of John Waters into a frothy genre lather, as parboiled Manhattan detective Max Block trolls the downtown heavy-metal scene for a serial killer nicknamed Trojan. While pic’s pace goes flat for long stretches and thus never gels as either a speedy spoof or a racy romp, style-conscious fests could queue up for midnight appointments and vid exposure might groom an undiscerning cult.
The deliberately overworked gimmick of this in-joke-saturated, tonsorial-themed silliness is the constant spray of rock song lyrics and titles in the dialogue. Vet Terence Goodman stacks his Block snugly between Leslie Nielsen and William Shatner, and the long list of uneven cameos is highlighted by bouncy work from lyricist-monologist David Cale as Trojan, comic Frank Gorshin as the chief, legendary cable host “Uncle Floyd” Vivino as kind of a sex-obsessed “Quincy” and now-portly punk frontman Joey Ramone, who seems to wander off camera during one scene. Tech credits are glossy on an obviously thin budget.