The old Commandant Lassard, leader of the Police Academy (1984), goes to Florida to receive an award. In the city arrives also the cynic Captain Harris who wants to take Lassard's job. ... See full summary »
The year is 1984 and the mayoress has removed set personal criteria form the requirements to join the police force. No longer is sex, weight, height and orientation a factor. This now allows for an insurgence of people applying. The Police Academy series follows a select group of misfits in their quest to become police men and women. The first film of the series follows these misfits in their time at the Police Academy. The main focus is on a petty criminal called Mahoney. Mahoney is busted for criminal damage and as punishment is forced to go to Police Academy. Mahoney initially feels that this isn't the right place for him and he makes it his mission to be thrown out as he is not allowed to quit. As the classes go by and the training exercises are played out, Mahoney soon realizes that he is actually enjoying the academy and does want to become a police officer. We are also introduced to the gun maniac Tackelberry, the very tall Hightower, voluptuous Callahan, squeaky Hooks, human ... Written by
Paul Maslansky got the idea for Police Academy during production of The Right Stuff (1983). A group of police cadets arrived to help with crowd control for the filming of a street scene. When the cadets piled out of the buses to take their posts, they were diverse; men, women, tall, short, black, Chinese. They did their jobs so terribly that Maslansky found it humorous, asking the sergeant, 'Are these all going to be future San Francisco's finest?' The sergeant looked at Paul and said that due to an equal opportunity recruitment policy, 'we've got to take them all into the academy, but we can flunk them out.' It started Maslansky thinking, 'What if they don't want to be flunked out? What if some guy or girl wants to stay in?' That night, Paul wrote a two-page treatment and gave it to the Ladd Company, who loved the idea, and agreed to develop the movie. See more »
(at around 41 mins) Larvell Jones's shaving cream between shots. See more »
I don't know what got to me. This evening, I went to the video store and got this one. I first saw it back in the 80's. Now let's not go nuts and call this the best comedy of all times. But it's still a pretty decent one (or indecent if you prefer!). The movie is generally funny, the characters are likable, and it's filmed in Toronto! I was surprised to realize that with the first scene showing the Toronto skyline. Some scenes are very funny, especially the one with George Gaynes (Commandant Lassard). Ah! the podium scene! So funny! Pea-brain humor, but good pea-brain humor!
Out of 100, I gave it 71. That's good for ** out of ****.
Seen in Toronto, on April 5th, 2003.
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