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 »
When police funding is cut, the Governor announces he must close one of the academies. To make it fair, the two police academies must compete against each other to stay in operation. Mauser persuades two officers in Lassard's academy to better his odds, but things don't quite turn out as expected... Written by
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Bubba Smith had a huge fear of sharks and was scared to death while shooting the scene where he had to stand in the water and prevent a boat from driving away. See more »
After Hightower and Mahoney help Nogata and Adams from the cab driver, the cab starts but doesn't drive off. The cab disappears when Adams walks off. See more »
Sgt. Larvelle Jones:
[speaking as though he is an actor in a Japanese martial-arts film being overdubbed in English by moving his mouth when not speaking]
At this time... I would like to introduce... to all of you... my instructor... the man who taught me... how to fight.
[throws a straight punch, then continues the same way]
Sgt. Larvelle Jones:
Please welcome... if you will... Sgt. John Turney.
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While still suffering from the humor limitations of being rated PG, "Police Academy 3" has sight gags enough to make it worth watching a few times (at least more often than "Part II").
The gang's all here and trying to train a new line of cadets in their own image (poor cadets) while Lassard (Gaynes) tends to his goldfish and tools about in his modified golf cart.
Even Bobcat Goldthwait returns as Zed, this time training to be a force of good. His scenes breathe a lot of life into this affair, as he screams at doors until they fall down, terrorizes his fellow cadets, hot wires police cars with his teeth and sings at the most inopportune times.
Everyone else has at least one good scene, maybe two. And considering how many are in the cast, that leaves room for a lot of good scenes. Even Georgina Spelvin is back from the original and, bless her, she makes good, too (though not as hilarious as in the original).
This is about as good as the sequels get, so look no further for laughs than "Police Academy 3: Back in Training". Definitely Bubba Smith's finest hour.
Seven stars. Good job, officers.
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