Christian Slater’s energy fails to carry Kuffs, a mishmash cop comedy very reminiscent of several Eddie Murphy films. Film veers from ultra-violence to slapstick comedy in an arbitrary and irritating fashion.
Slater is the fish out of water this time, inheriting his murdered brother’s police protection business. Plot hook makes good use of the San Francisco setting, where neighborhoods have relied on these private Patrol Specials since the 1850s.
Gimmick allows ne’er-do-well high school dropout Slater to become an instant cop and prove his mettle under fire. Avenging brother Bruce Boxleitner’s death is an utterly conventional quest, but the few laughs along the way are the film’s raison d’etre.
As Slater’s unwilling partner, Tony Goldwyn demonstrates solid comic talents. Wearing a variety of goofy outfits, Leon Rippy makes a fun killer. Former ballet star George De La Pena is utterly convincing as the slick villain. Less fortunate is lovely Milla Jovovich, too young for the nothing part of Slater’s g.f.