July 2, 2014
Movie Night: Police Academy.
Review #609: Police Academy.
Steve Guttenberg (Carey Mahoney), Kim Cattrall (Karen Thompson), Bubba Smith (Moses Hightower), G. W. Bailey (Thaddeus Harris), George Gaynes (Eric Lassard), Donovan Scott (Leslie Barbara), David Graf (Eugene Tackleberry), Michael Winslow (Larvell Jones), Leslie Easterbrook (Debbie Callahan), Andrew Rubin (George Martin), Bruce Mahler (Douglas Fackler), Marion Ramsey (Laverne Hooks), Brant Von Hoffman (Kyle Blankes), and Scott Thomson (Chad Copeland) Directed by Hugh Wilson (#445 - Blast from the Past)
After doing a Schwarzenegger film, a few french films and Canada, it's time to get back to basics, such as this film. It is odd to mention that this was actually filmed in Canada (Hamilton and Toronto to be precise), I guess Canada is a reoccurring guest on this show, which I guess is fine, writing references to Canadian stuff is fun, especially hockey (Go Jets!). But let's get to the actual film, how is it? Eh...it's okay, I guess? The problem with the movie isn't related to the film, but the fact that it was released in 1984, the year that brought us Ghostbusters, This Is Spinal Tap, Sixteen Candles, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Top Secret!, and other various comedies (that I haven't reviewed yet, like Beverly Hills Cop). Police Academy is a mediocre movie that sometimes succeeds at jokes. The movie could be described like a breeze of wind, it comes and goes without much thought about it after it leaves. Of course that would be true if this movie didn't have six sequels, two TV shows, and a remake coming...probably. The cast is extensive, and I guess if I had to say who my favorite was, I'd say Bubba Smith only because his stoic performance is refreshing given the quirks of the other characters. The movie takes time to get going, and while may not make its mark most of the time, it at least tries to be funny, and Guttenberg and Bailey do at least share a bond of mutual dislike that deliver some hilarity. It's an okay movie that while it could be better, it at least could be entertaining when you're bored or depressed late at night.
Overall I give it 5 out of 10 stars.